Housing Co-founder Advitiya Sharma, who quit the real estate portal last month, has launched an education start-up, Genius which is backed by Genius Learning Labs Pvt. Ltd and it will offer software for neighbourhood tutors to make learning more effective.

“Right now you have schools, which have a great environment but where learning doesn’t happen well, and you have platforms like Coursera, which have good content but there’s no learning environment. We are taking the hybrid approach,” said Sharma.

Genius will provide neighbourhood tutors content and software that adapt to each child’s learning abilities. It plans to reach 800 teachers and 8,000 students in five metros in the next six months. It will target schoolchildren from kindergarten to Class VIII, but currently it is launching with Classes III-V, and will offer lesson plans in mathematics, science and English. Also the startup plans to make money by taking a cut from the teachers’ income.

Genius will compete with players like Vidyanext (run by Pengala Learning Pvt. Ltd), flipClass (run by Gyankosh Solutions Pvt. Ltd), and Tiger Global-backed Vedantu Innovations Pvt. Ltd, which all try to serve the needs of home tutors with some technology.

Recent deals in ed-tech space include Bengaluru-based Byju, which offers learning programmes for Class VI to XII students and preparation programmes for competitive exams, alone raised $75 million funding in March, compared to the $70 million that all the education start-ups raised last year, according to data from startup tracker Tracxn.

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