Spark Studio Selected in GSV Cup Top 20 Most Innovative Startups Globally

Spark Studio To Compete Live at ASU+GSV 13.0 for $1 Million in Prizes in World’s Largest Pitch Competition For EdTech Startups

Spark Studio, a live online non-academic learning platform, has been selected to the Top 20, the acclaimed list of finalists in The GSV Cup — the world’s largest pitch competition for EdTech startups at the 13th Annual ASU+GSV Summit. Companies selected to The Top 20 represent the top pre-seed and seed stage startups in digital learning across the “Pre-K to Gray” space across the world. Spark Studio will present in San Diego this April at the ASU+GSV Summit, the annual education technology event hosted by Arizona State University and GSV Ventures, and compete for up to $1M in cash and prizes.

Spark Studio was selected from an initial applicant pool of 750+ global companies, which was further narrowed to The Elite 200 semifinalists. More than 175 judges from leading venture capital firms and strategic partners in digital learning like Accel, General Atlantic, Reach Capital, and Owl Ventures, among others, used rigorous criteria to determine the Top 20 most promising companies to compete on Stage X at ASU+GSV.

“We’re humbled and super excited to be in the GSV Cup Top 20. As we constantly think deeply about building a future-tech learning experience that is delightful and of the highest quality for kids, it feels awesome to be recognized as innovative by the fantastic jury that has a ringside view of the bleeding edge of global Ed Tech.”, said Anushree Goenka, CEO and Co-founder of Spark Studio.

“In the next two months, a lot more of our vision will come to market. We’re excited to see our users take on the ‘invisible learning’ experiences, which essentially feel like play for kids and lead to real, measurable learning outcomes”, said Kaustubh Khade, CPO and Cofounder, Spark Studio.

“GSV is so proud to recognize an epic group of global edtech founders as our final 20,” said Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Ventures and Co-founder of ASU+GSV Summit. “These companies have been rigorously evaluated by a judging panel exceeding 90 top venture investors. Congratulations to all!”

The Top 20 companies serve learners from Pre-K to Gray, with companies well-distributed across the following categories: Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Adult Enterprise Learning.

The GSV Cup is powered by Google Cloud, HubSpot for Startups, HolonIQ, and GSV Ventures.

See Spark Studio and the rest of the companies selected to the GSV Cup at

ABOUT Spark Studio

Spark Studio Founders

Spark Studio is building the digital-first future of non-academic learning for the world, at the intersection of learning and gaming for kids. We offer learning in music, communication skills and art.

Spark Studio was founded by alumni of IIT Delhi, IIM-Ahmedabad, IISC, each with over a decade of experience across India’s top unicorns and decacorns - BYJU’S, Swiggy, Lead School, DailyHunt, Zynga,etc.

Spark Studio is backed by YCombinator, Better Capital, Harvard Management Company and a host of prominent Indian angels.


GSV Ventures is a female-led, multi-stage venture capital firm focused on the $7+ trillion education sector. The fund is currently investing out of GSV Ventures Fund III and backs innovative entrepreneurs around the world in the "Pre-K to Gray" Arc of Learning. GSV manages over $675 million in global EdTech investments. Portfolio holdings include Andela, Class Technologies, ClassDojo, Coursera, Course Hero, Degreed, Guild, MasterClass, Outlier, Photomath, Quizizz, Lead School, Brightchamps, and ClassPlus, among others.


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