Kolkata-based educational startup EazyCoach which is led by a 22-year-old city boy Om Agarwal has received angel funding from businessman Ravi Agarwal. Of the 200-odd startups incubating at the Nasscom 10,000 Startups Warehouse in the IT hub at Salt Lake, Kolkata EazyCoach.com was considered one of the brightest ideas with high business potential.
EazyCoach help college aspirants get into their desired college, by providing them with dedicated help from admission experts, via an open marketplace. Incorporated in 2013, the team at EazyCoach has been visiting schools and colleges globally, from India to China to United States, to get a hands-on knowledge of an aspirant’s expectations.
The startup essentially bring alumni and students from leading universities around the world, onto a single platform, to provide personalised admission help to the aspirants by facilitating student with writing of application to various colleges; mentoring them for specific exams in universities like Harvard, Stanford and Colombia; and arranging for finance for the course. The entire process is done online.
“The idea is to provide the student with mentors from almost all universities across US. Currently we have managed to rope in mentors, who are alumni and alumnus from Harvard University, Stanford University and Columbia University who would teach the students how to write their applications while applying and the tricks and traits of that specific college,” said Om.
He plans to add colleges in the UK, Singapore and Australia to Eazy Coach within a couple of months.
A student of Laxmi Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Agarwal is a drop-out from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS). Earlier this year, he quit the university in the final year to focus entirely on Eazy Coach.
Om points out that he never really wanted to be a lawyer and had joined the institute on his father’s insistence. Days after he joined the law school, Om and his seniors developed AimCLAT, an application that helped students appearing for the law entrance examination. In five months, AimCLAT secured 18% market share. He then realized his calling lay elsewhere and pursued it.
After learning about the startup scene is in Kolkata, he ventured into the admission space with a product that catered only to students applying for education overseas. He was one among the first batch of startups that began incubating at Kolkata’s 10,000 Startups program & warehouse earlier this year.
The startup has also been included in the Microsoft BizSpark programme, entitling us to receive lots of free perks. We even went up to the finals of the business plan competition of IIM Ahmedabad.