"India's first EdTech startup accelerator"

An MIT, Pune Initiative

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India's First EdTech Startup Accelerator.

Based in Pune, EDUGILD offers an intensive mentorship and product realization program to any EdTech start-up in the world. Participants with creative technology-based solutions to improve and enhance the learning experience in any field are welcome to apply.

Applications for our acceleration program are open. Click on the link given below to apply.


Education and knowledge management sector is continuing to increase its investment in technology related to learning. The EdTech market will grow by leaps and bounds propelled by technological advancements and demand for additional skills. EdTech involves solutions in the field of education management, skill development, information management, employee development at all levels and many more.. We are interested in:

  • augmentedreality
  • skillsaggregation
  • ed-fintech
  • virtualreality
  • learninganalytics
  • corporatesolutions
  • tactileinternet
  • universitydestination
  • asessmentoutcomes
  • adaptivelearning
  • internetofthings
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Edugild Team


Executive Director, Trustee, MIT group of institutions
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MD at Manpower Group
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AVP & Head, Global Brand and Digital Marketing at HCL
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Managing Director at Kaizen Private Equity
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Sachin Tagra

Associate VP, Head Incubator Capital at Brand Capital
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Manish Upadhyay

Co-founder, LIQVID (an Edtech/ eLearning Firm)
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Co-founder and CEO- Flinnt.com
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Managing Partner, Fresco Capital
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Chief Officer – Product and Services Tata ClassEdge
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Head of Financial Consultancy & Technology
Nomura Research Institute Financial Technologies
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Managing Director & CEO
SAGE Publications
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Founder and CEO
Light Information Systems Pvt. Ltd.
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Portfolio Director at Pearson


  • Europe Scaleup

  • China Scaleup Partner

  • Israel Scaleup Partner

  • Digital Partner

  • Investors Relations

  • PR & Media

  • Legal & Compliances

  • Legal & Compliances

  • Design Partner

  • Global Research

  • Content Partner


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MD - India and Saarc
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Former Director
IIT Kanpur
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Manpower Group
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AVP & Head, Global Brand and Digital Marketing
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Associate VP
Brand Capital
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Co-founder & Chief Evangelist (Learning Product Architect) & International Biz Dev (eLearning)
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Managing Director , South Asia
Cambridge University Press
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Founder and MD
BLinC Management Advisors Pvt.Ltd.
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Investor, Operations Professional, Mentor
Kaizen Private Equity
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Vice President - Business Development
Talentica Software
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Co-founder and CEO
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Managing Partner, Onnivation
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VIT-Technology Business Incubator
VIT University, Vellore
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Vice President, Business & Head, Startups
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EVP and Chief of Strategy & IT
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Philanthropist, Founder & Chief Mentor
MIDAS India.
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Managing Director - Asia Pacific
Harvard Business Publishing
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Founding Team/Head of Strategic Partnerships
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Co-Founder & M.D.
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The Leaders Ocean
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Sharp India Pvt. Ltd.
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Investing & Operating Team
Unitus Seed Fund
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Founder Director: Strategy & Marketing
Lokus Design Pvt Ltd
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Director Sales
Blackberry India
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Head West & East Indian Operations
Indian Angle Network
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Chief Corporate Sales & Marketing Officer
Dainik Bhaskar Group
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Head Operations
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Vice President - Consulting Services
Right Management
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Country Head (Shared Services)
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Consulting Editor
Business India and FPJ
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EduTech Angel Investor & Startup Mentor
Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship - IIM Ahmedabad
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Skill Plan.in
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Cutting Chai Technologies
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Vice President (L&D) FTTX Business
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
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Advisor & Investor - Startups Director
Third Vue Consulting
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Entrepreneur, Consultant, Speaker, Author, Rookie Angel Investor
SHADOKA Ventures
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Senior Advisor
MillionLights and Enhance Education
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Kirloskar Systech Ltd
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Co-Founder and CEO
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CEO, angel investor & advisor to social ventures.
Pearson English Business Solutions
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Head of Financial Consultancy & Technology
Nomura Research Institute Financial Technologies
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Monjin Interviews Pvt. Ltd
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MIT Arts, Science and Commerce College, Alandi
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Project Director
MIT School of Telecom Management
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MIT Institute of Design
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Head, FLAME Centre for Case Development
Flame Institute
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Fellow Member
Institute of Cost Accountants of India
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Director and CEO
Kredent Ventures
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Director & HOD Pre design Foundation and Director Design Centre
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Incharge of UXD Design
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Enhance Education
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Wise Cells Corp
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Managing Director
Splash India Pvt Ltd
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Founder Director
MIndfarm Novatech Pvt.Ltd.
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Chief Mentor
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MIndfarm Novatech Pvt.Ltd.
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Just 4 Us
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Managing Partner
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Digital Chief Marketing Officer
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Vinsys IT Services Pvt.Ltd.
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Team Indus
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Investment Associate
Aspada Investment Advisors
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Group Director
Indira Group of Institutes
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Awarded Innovator
Entrepreneur, Teacher & Mentor
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Founder and CEO
5am Tech Ventures
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Program Head
Zone Startup India
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Manager, Higher Education Strategy and Operations
Huron Consulting Group
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Rubrix Education Foundation
Managing Partner
Fresco Capital
World Bank Education Specialist



EDUGILD Events and News

Ecosystem for Start-ups

Edugild participates in IAMAI Start-up Summit – 20th Aug 2016

Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild was invited for panel discussion on “Ecosystem for Start-ups” by IAMAI for Start-up Summit 2016 - Pune.


Edugild Participates at EdTech Asia Summit, Bankok - Jul 2016

Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild - member of the panel discussion for "Comparative insights into the Education Markets of India and China".


Edugild Participates at FICCI, Summit, Bangalore – 10 Aug 2016

Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild - member of the panel discussion for following topics:

  • 1. Operating successful on-campus student startup incubators: Best Practices
  • 2. Challenges and Opportunities for Ed-Tech startups in India and abroad

Edugild presents at VIT Vellore - 09 Aug 2016

Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild conducted a workshop for students on Virgin Entrepreneur.


Session on Business Model Innovation -July 2016

Srinivas Addepalli, Founder, GlobalGyan, shared his experience of Strategy Building throug a powerful session on Business Model Innovation.


Cohorts share their experience -July 2016

Our cohorts ClassBoat, Gradopedia, Instafeez and Simulanis shared their experience of being with Edugild for last 16 weeks.


First Batch Graduates -July 2016

Our first batch at Edugild graduates successfully - Classboat, Gradopedia, Instafeez and Simulanis.


Strategic Intervention Week-end -June 2016

On 3rd and 4th Jun 2016 during Strategic Interventions Week End Edugild cohorts attended sessions by Amit Gautam, Founder, Upside Learning and Niesh Wani, VP, Aptech.

Our cohorts got an opportunity to interact with and present in front of Ratnesh Jha (MD, Cambridge University Press) and G V Ravishankar (MD, Sequoia Capital).

Apurva Chamaria (AVP & Head-Global Brand and Digital Marketing, HCL), Manish Upadhyay (Co-founder, Liqvid.com), Sachin Tagra (Associate VP, Brand Capital)

VC Meet-up at Edugild -June 2016

G V Ravishankar, MD, Sequoia Capital addresses the gathering during a VC meet-up

Edugild signs MoU with Cambridge University Press -June 2016

Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild and Ratnesh Jha, MD, Cambridge University Press signed MoU to be associated as knowledge partners and addressed the press conference for their future association agenda.

Edugild signs MoU with CodersTrust -May 2016

Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild and CayoFiebig, Founder, CodersTrust.com sign MoU as Knwledge Partners.

Monthly Meet up at Edugild on 14th May 2016

ClassBoat, Gradopedia and Simulanis present Key Success Factors of early stage start-up. Also, CayoFiebig, Founder, CodersTrust.com presented success factors of CodersTrust.

Edugild coverage in Sakal Daily Newspaper

Sakal daily newspaper published the interview of Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild, on 10th May 2016..

Meeting With Mumbai Angels -April 2016

Team Edugild met Mumbai Angels team to introduce the start-up teams and present their progress at Edugild.

Edugild Signs MoU with Indira Group of Institutes -April 2016

Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild and Chetan Wakalkar, Group Director, Indira Group of Institutes, signed the MoU for becoming knowledge partners.

Meeting with Tata Interactive and Tata Class Edge -April 2016

Edugild Team along with start-up teams met Tata Interactive and Tata ClassEdge at Mumbai. Start-up teams presented their business ideas with Tata Interactive and Tata ClassEdge teams.

Session on "Managing & balancing the product development and business in a B2b startup" -May 2016

Harish Iyer, Co-founder and CEO, Flinnt.com, guided our cohorts at Edugild on how to create balance between product development and business growth.

Session on "Idea to IPO" -May 2016

Ishwar Jha, Founder, Appetals, spoke aboutas a start-up how to reach Initial Public Offering. He explained the complete journey Business Idea to IPO stage.

Conquest 2016

Edugild ties up with BITS Pilani for Conquest 2016 Event -May 2016

Conquest, BITS Pilani’s International Startup Conclave is back with its 12th edition! An initiative that aims to connect young startups with investment firms, Conquest in the process provides a host of networking prospects to young startups. With expert mentorship, incubation opportunities, media exposure and resources worth $10 million on offer, Conquest is just the perfect launchpad for startups.

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Growth Hacking

Session on "Growth Hacking" by Apurva Chamria, Brand Head, HCL -Feb 2016

Apurva guided start-ups at Edugild on how to grow business and capture maximum market. He used various case studies to explain the concept.

Product Design

Session on "Product Design" by Raghu Kolli, Managing Partner, Nextengrowth -Feb 2016

Raghu explained the concept of Product Design. Various case studies were discussed where product design created impact on user behavior. Session was highly interactive and start-ups worked on their real time issues during the session itself.

Discovering Market Opportunities

Session "Discovering Market Opportunities" by Nilesh Vani, AVP, Aptech -Feb 2016

Nilesh brought his experience from Education filed to build the understanding on how to create new business opportunities by discovering right market for the product.

Legal Compliance

Session on "Legal Compliance" by Sharda Balaji -Feb 2016

Sharda explained the legal aspects of business and as a start-up how legal aspects of business play a vital role in business growth and business sustainability.

Press Conference at Edugild

Press Conference at Edugild -Feb 2016

Rishi Kapal, CEO, Edugild, addressed the press conference during launch program of Edugild’s first accelerator batch of start-ups which are working in the EdTech domain to bring transformation in learning and development.

Publication Industry

Session on "Publication Industry" Vivek Mehra, MD and CEO, Sage Publications India -Feb 2016

Vivek interacted with start-ups on how publication industry is undergoing change due to IT interventions in education industry and what are opportunities for upcoming start-ups in EdTech domain.

Investor Pitching

Session on "Investor Pitching" by Saket Agarwal, CA -March 2016

Saket explained how to look at investments and what preparation is required before pitching the investor. He explained do’s and dont’s while pitching the investor.

Investor Meet

Investor Meet Up at Edugild -March 2016

An investor meet up was organized by Edugild for investors to be informed about the start-ups at Edugild and their business progress. Rishi Kapal, CEO at Edugild addressed the meet up during the event.

Lean Start-ups

Session on "Lean Start-ups" by Anil Gupte, Founder, Layer 3 Media, Inc. -April 2016

Anil explained the concept of Lean Start Ups and insisted that each start-up must follow the concepts of lean to have optimum utilization of resources, cost reduction and increased revenue.

Digital Marketing

Session on "Digital Marketing" by Nidhi Taparia, Strategic Alliances (National) - BFSI & Govt, Airtel MCommerce Services Ltd. -April 2016

Nidhi brought energy in the session by explaining with examples and case studies about the digital marketing through social media.

Introducing Mumbai Angels

Session on "Investor Pitching" by Gaurav Mehra, Partner, Kaizen Private Equity -April 2016

Great insights on what investors look for in start-up pitch were brought by Gaurav.

Introducing Mumbai Angels

Sachin Karnik Introducing Mumbai Angels -April 2016

Sachin introduced Mumbai Angels - a Mumbai based investor group - to our cohorts at Edugild.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking by Shekhar Badve, Founder at Lokus Design -March 2016

Shekhar explained how important it is to have design thinking as a culture of the organization and not just product development process. The case studies discussed clarified how design of product affects businesses and as a start-up how to build the culture of design thinking

technology for business acceleration

Technology for Business Acceleration by Gautam Naidu, VP-Business Development at Talentica -March 2016

Gautam pin pointed that technology is the key accelerator for business growth. Evaluating multiple technology options and then choosing the one that can create unique value proposition, fast track the business growth and create entry barrier to others is the key to successful businesses

user experience design

User Experience Design by Dr. Debayan Dhar, Head - UXD at MIT Institute of Design -March 2016

Dr. Debayan brought a new perspective to look at user experience and clearly differenciated between User Interface and User Experience. He explained through various case studies that every action taken to build product or service contributes to user experience and organizations must work with more awareness and focus to give best experience to users.

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EDUGILD's second EdTech Entrepreneur's Meetup

Edugild organized the second EdTech Entrepreneurs Meetup on February 20, 2016 where Edugild's strategic investors/mentors had a panel discussion and the participants got a chance to meet the accelerated startups too.

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EDUGILD's First batch commencement ceremony

EDUGILD Accelerator Program's First Batch started on February 19 2016. Some of our most valued mentors including Mr. SANJAY KAUL - MD - India and Saarc, CISCO, Mr. APURVA CHAMRIA - AVP & Head, Global Brand and Digital Marketing, HCL, A.G. RAO - MD, Manpower Group, PROF. SANJAY GOVIND DHANDE - Former Director, IIT Kanpur, SACHIN TAGRA - Associate VP, Brand Capital, MANISH UPADHYAY - Co-founder & Chief Evangelist (Learning Product Architect) & International Biz Dev (eLearning), LIQVID.

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Cisco to collaborate with Edugild to support edtech startups

Cisco has come together with Edugild, India's first edtech accelerator, to explore opportunities in supporting startups in this space. Sanjay Kaul, managing director-India and SAARC, Cisco, said that Cisco would possibly take on board any of the startups that was working in a space relevant to what the company does. Read More..

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EDUGILD organized a meetup of Edtech Entrepreneurs in Pune.

A meetup of various EdTech entrepreneurs and Experts was organised by EDUGILD on January 15, 2016. The event was graced by the presence of many entrepreneurs and industry experts including EDUGILD's CEO Mr. Rishi Kapal, Gautam Naidu: VP - Business Development, Talentica Software, Karanvir Singh: VP - Business and Head, Startup, GREX, Tarak Rindani: Entrepreneur and Rookie Angel Investor, Shadoka Ventures, Dr. Rahul More: Chief Mentor and Venture Partner, EDUGILD, etc.

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EDUGILD as Sponsor, speaker and exhibitionist at Techfest, IIT Bombay.

Edugild was one of the mjor sponors, Speaker and Exhibitionest at Asia's largest science and technology festival - Techfest, IIT Bombay 2015.

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EDUGILD Collaborates with deAsra Foundation

EDUGILD joins deAsra Foundation (Dr. Anand Deshpande, Persistent initiative) to collaborate on creating a strong startup ecosystem.

WizIQ EdTech.Now

Rishi Kapal, Chief Executive Officer of Edugild, shares his views on the top trend that are dominating the education industry.

Designed as a full day convention, WizIQ EdTech.Now comprised of a powerful main stage plenary, featuring keynotes from global education visionaries and a series of insightful panel discussions. These high quality sessions aimed to deliver insights into the emerging trends, technologies and best practices for leveraging education technology.

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EDUGILD at IIT Kharagpur's Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive

A startup carnival is gripping startup enthusiasts all across India in the month of October. An event, one of its kind, Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive is helping thousands get inspired and numerous others network amongst people with similar interests.

EDUGILD collaborated with IIT-Kharagpur for this noble cause. EDUGILD was sponsor to the drive and one of the panel speakers in six out of twenty-three cities where the drive was held. EDUGILD participated in Pune, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Noida, Chennai and Mumbai!

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Global EdTech Startup Awards India Finals

Edugild organised and hosted the Global EdTech Startup Awards 2015 at Hotel Deccan Rendezvous on 6th October. The function was presided over by Mr. Rishi Kapal, CEO of Edugild, who delivered a note bringing the attendees up to speed on the happenings at Edugild.

The awards ceremony was graced by dignitaries including Dr. Sunil Karad (Executive Director, Trustee, MIT Group of Institutions), Dr. Rahul More (Chief Mentor - Edugild, Founder - The Leaders Ocean), along with the selection panel. The winner, Fizzible and the runner-up, 4S Learning received a trophy, a certificate, and a gift voucher each from Croma.

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EDUGILD Roadshow

On 3rd Sept, EDUGILD conducted a roadshow for 350-400 students at DY Patil Institutes, Ambi. The audience were informed about EDUGILD, the program and process to apply. A lot of inquisitiveness was generated and participants were keen to know more about entrepreneurship and ways to engage with EDUGILD.

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EDUGILD was the Accelerator Sponsor for TiE Smashup 5.0 held at IIT Powai on 12th September. Almost 25 startups applied for a discussion with EDUGILD and all were met with. The panel comprised of Aptech’s Executive Director and a seasoned team representing EDUGILD. The program brought forward great Edtech ideas and EDUGILD is looking forward to welcoming them.

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Pune Mentor's Meet

Edugild organised a Partners’ Meet and Greet event on 3rd September, 2015 at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Kharadi, Pune. Several of esteemed mentors and partners graced the event. Dinner conversations revolved around the latest developments in the EdTech arena, along with the crucial role played by accelerators in harnessing and encouraging promising startups.

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EDUGILD at India Usability Lecture Series

World Usability Day was established by Usability Professionals’ Association (now the User Experience Professionals’ Association) in 2005. It occurs annually throughout the world to promote the values of usability, usability engineering, user-centered design, universal usability, and every user’s responsibility to ask for things that work better. This year MIT Institute of Design, Pune is going to organize India Usability Lecture Series as a part of celebration of World Usability Day 2015 (27th & 28th October).

Eminent people from the field of usability and user experience design would share their experiences and insights during this two days event at MIT ID.

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i5 Summit 2015

EDUGILD participated at IIM Indore and IIT Indore's i5 summit. Our Chief Executive was a speaker at the event along with the accelerator being present in the exhibition area. EDUGILD also partnered with the i-venture initiative of the summit.

  • Venue IIM and IIT Indore
  • Date: 22 and 23 August 2015
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MUMBAI CHAPTER meet n greet

EDUGILD conducted its first partners meet in Mumbai on 12th August at Grand Hyatt. The event was graced by Mentors, Investors and Institutional Partners of Edugild. It was a meet and greet opportunity amongst the peers and edugild. The Edugild team briefed the elite gathering about the progress and sought ongoing support. The evening was filled with enthusiasm and constructive discussions.

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Global EdTech Startup Awards 2015

EDUGILD has joined hands with a group of prominent EdTech accelerators from across the world to organize the Global EdTech Startup Awards 2015 competition. The competition’s goal is to identify, highlight and recognize the world’s most promising EdTech startups, those which present a potential for groundbreaking learning solutions. We wish to give voice and space to the exciting, growing trends in innovation and investments in EdTech, currently arising in different parts of the world.

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EO Spark Pune

EDUGILD was a sponsor at this year’s EO Spark Pune ’15. The event was held on 1st & 2nd August at Westin, Koregaon Park,Pune. Esteemed speakers like Devdutt Patnaik, Amit Sheth and many more attended the event. EDUGILD had its stall at the event.

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FRO 2015

Rishi Kapal, Chief Executive of EDUGILD was the Guest of Honour & Guest Speaker at the “Startup Summit” on July 11-12, 2015 at Hotel Westin,Koregaon Park, Pune. The Startup Summit was organized by Franchise India Media. In its eleventh annual edition, FRO Pune 2015, the National Franchise, Retail, eRetail & SME Show hosted an expo with over 200+ business opportunities in consumer businesses, distribution and dealerships and also an exclusive eCommerce zone.

Edugild in Media Coverage



Pune - The educational hub of India.



Pune is one of the biggest educational and IT hub. Home to the best academic institutions.

20,000 +

Students move to the city of Pune for studies every year.


of India's angel investment between 2005 and 2013 received by Pune.


Corporate Innovation Centres


of micro, small and medium enterprises units and 24.91% of large scale units in Maharashtra


of India's startups are from Pune