As a part of the collaboration, Cisco would guide the startups accelerated at EDUGILD with technology roadmaps and beta testing, wherever such facilities are available in India. On a need basis, the collaboration will bring together mentors in edtech space and leverage their networks to popularise the cause.
Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director-India & SAARC, Cisco, said, “Cisco is committed to enabling innovation that is aligned to the Digital India vision. As a large organisation, we can’t do too many things, which is why, we remain on the lookout for innovative ideas which help us not to miss any market transition opportunities.”
EDUGILD, set up by the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, currently houses four startups working in different areas in the education and technology space. Rishi Kapal, Chief Executive, EDUGILD said, “Edtech is not just e-learning but covers a lot of other aspects. We received 300 applications and out of which we selected four as we are focused on creating quality organisations.”
The companies selected are Instafeez, Classboat, Simulanis Solutions and Gradopedia. Instafeez is working at changing how fees are paid. Classboat enables to book non-academic classes online. Simulanis Solutions is working in the augmented reality space. Gradopedia simulates job profiles in advance for graduates. They will undergo a four month acceleration process at EDUGILD during which time they’ll receive seed funding, access to mentors and testing facilities.