CuriousJr, an ed-tech and mobile-first coding platform for kids, collaborates with ACT, a non-profit venture philanthropy platform, to address India’s learning crisis by building a more effective, affordable, and accessible ed-tech platform. The solution is designed to teach coding and enable learners to build problem solving, analytical thinking, and creativity skills through a highly gamified experience and byte-sized content. Founded by IIT-BHU alumni from small towns in India; they are driven to make coding accessible to as many students as possible across India, which is why the app is vernacular- and mobile-first, ensuring that even students without access to laptops or most of the market’s current offerings can begin learning how to code.
ACT was founded in 2020 in response to the COVID crisis and is built upon the premise that collective action has the power to achieve social impact at scale. Their grants are designed to provide seed capital for incubating and accelerating innovations that have demonstrated the ability to address identified social need gaps at scale.
They will provide CuriousJr with catalytic funding to support solutions, mobilise ACT’s network by strengthening, scaling, and accelerating CuriousJr’s networks to meet key portfolio needs and generate insights on how the coding platform, CuriousJr, can address India’s learning crisis under “ACT For Education.”
Aakanksha Gulati, Director at ACT, said of this collaboration, “We admire the way CuriousJr runs and the opportunities it provides its students and young learners. ACT for Education helps ed-tech platforms to pioneer high quality edtech innovations, and we are happy to be a part of their CuriousJr’s journey.”
In addition to providing funding, they’ll work with CuriousJr on strategy as well as operations and help them harness the strength of the ACT collective to make sure they have access to the best-in-class mentorship the industry has to offer.
“Mridul Ranjan Sahu, cofounder of CuriousJr, said, “As an ed-tech platform for K12 students across the country, we are very happy and proud to be an ACT grantee. ACT brings in Education expertise which help us create outcome led curriculum and evaluation process, as well as network which help us expand our reach deeper into K12 students.”