BeyondSkool offers an ‘Integrated UpSkilling Certification Programme’ for teaching Higher Order Thinking with holistic development of IQ, EQ and CQ of kids

Plans to leverage the capital towards expanding its product offering, bolstering technology integration, and scaling business operations

January, 19th, 2021: BeyondSkool, a first-of-its-kind LIVE Online UpSkilling Academy For Kids, has raised seed funding of USD 2 million from Tomorrow Capital, an early-stage strategic investment fund focussed on helping early-stage businesses with capital, access to blue-chip talent, industry networks, and other resources.

Founded in August 2020, BeyondSkool, a first-of-its-kind LIVE Online Learning Platform upskills the child with ‘Higher Order Thinking Skills’, through an ‘Integrated UpSkilling Certification Programme’, that enables children to ‘Think & Create’ and become Problem-solvers, Innovators and Thought Leaders. In this era of technology expansion where knowledge is soon becoming a commodity, going beyond and teaching skills of logical reasoning, critical thinking, creativity and communication is where our current education system is lacking and that’s the gap which BeyondSkool intends to bridge.

Built on the premise of developing Higher Order Thinking Skills of innovation and creation, BeyondSkool aims to facilitate Holistic Cognitive Development of children’s IQ, EQ, and CQ simultaneously. Aiming to bridge the gap in our current education system that only offers subject knowledge, BeyondSkool currently has learning solutions for children that can build strong foundations. With a highly experienced team leading the mandate and encouraging a culture of openness, meritocracy, and agility, BeyondSkool has been built for curious and ambitious students aged between 5-15 years.

BeyondSkool plans to utilize the amount for expanding its product offering, maximizing technology integration for enhanced learning, and scaling up business operations. Furthermore, the platform will also look to create high impact marketing, expand its team across verticals and build a state-of-the-art ‘LIVE Online Learning’ platform.

Speaking on the funding, Ms Payal Gaba, Founder, and CEO of BeyondSkool said, “We are thrilled to have Tomorrow Capital as a partner in building BeyondSkool. Their experience of working with entrepreneurs to build strong organizations and brands with rapid scale-up is a very apt fit for us at this stage in our growth journey. At BeyondSkool, we believe ‘Knowledge Without Skills Is Education Half Given’ and hence follow a learning approach of ‘UpSkilling’ and ‘Not Tutoring’. We will leverage this capital infusion to fortify our technological capabilities, enhance our product offerings, and expand our business operations across nationally and internationally."

Talking about the investment Rohini Prakash, CEO, Tomorrow Capital said, “The Indian education system has a large gap in the early schooling, especially in developing strong foundations for children in scientific thinking, critical and creative thinking and communication skills. We believe BeyondSkool is a very relevant and unique solution that complements the core education to help provide the right platform for lifelong academic excellence. Payal and Atul as founders of BeyondSkool bring an excellent mix of a deep understanding of the problem as parents and also a fantastic execution capability, which has been very impressive so far. We are confident that BeyondSkool will transform the manner in which K12 education is looked at in India, and are very excited about working with the founders in this endeavour’.

The company was founded by Ms. Payal Gaba, alumni of MDI who has previously been associated with global brands such as Maruti and Samsung, and Mr. Atul Chugh, alumni of the Kellogg School of Management who has served in leadership roles in several notable organizations including JIO, Vodafone, and HDFC Bank.

About BeyondSkool

BeyondSkool – a first-of-its-kind LIVE Online UpSkilling Academy For Kids, has been built for the curious and ambitious students in the age group of 5 – 15 years. To bridge the missing gap in our current education system which only enables children to gain subject knowledge, BeyondSkool follows a learning approach of ‘UpSkilling’ rather than ‘Tutoring’, thereby enabling the child to ‘Think & Create’. BeyondSkool upskills the child with ‘Higher Order Thinking Skills’ through an ‘Integrated UpSkilling Certification Programme’ which sharpens the Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ), and Creative Quotient (CQ) at the same time.

With an expert founding team led by professionals and alumni of prestigious educational institutions such as Kellogg School of Management, MDI, and IIM, the platform’s core team brings rich experience from globally reputed organizations including Jio, Vodafone, Samsung, Maruti, and Teach for India. Having served in leadership roles across business functions in multiple domains, the team’s expertise lays a solid foundation to BeyondSkool’s core ideology to create and nurture – Problem Solvers, Innovators, and Thought Leaders.

About Tomorrow Capital

Tomorrow Capital is a USD 100m early-stage investment fund focused on building India’s next big consumer brands by providing capital as well as access to blue-chip talent, industry networks, and resources for growth which enables entrepreneurs to drive the next wave of growth.

The Tomorrow Capital team is comprised of seasoned professionals with experience in organization and brand building, and have a strong track record of working with entrepreneurs to build stellar teams and rapidly scale up the businesses. Taking this approach, Tomorrow Capital helped scale up Generico (now Zeno), a retail pharmacy brand to grow 15x, making a very attractive 7x return in just over 2 years. It has also worked closely with Bonito Designs, a leading premium interior design platform in Bangalore, which has scaled up 8x in 2 years and achieved profitability.

Tomorrow Capital is backed by Abhinandan Lodha. He has committed capital with the aim of supporting Tomorrow Capital to build future-relevant consumer businesses that they invest in.

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