Extracurricular online learning platform Spark Studio selected in the top 20 most innovative startups of the GSV Cup
Spark Studio to Go Live at ASU+GSV 13.0 for $1 Million in Prizes in the World’s Largest Pitch Competition for EdTech Startups
Spark Studio, a live online non-academic learning platform, was selected to the Top 20, the acclaimed list of finalists for the GSV Cup – the world’s largest pitch competition for EdTech startups at the 13th annual ASU+GSV Summit. The companies selected in the Top 20 represent the best pre-seed and early-stage digital learning startups in the “Pre-K to Grey” space around the world. Spark Studio will present in San Diego in April at the ASU + GSV Summit, the annual education technology event hosted by Arizona State University and GSV Ventures, and will compete for up to $1 million in cash and price.
Spark Studio was selected from an initial pool of applicants from over 750 global companies, which was then narrowed down to The Elite 200 semi-finalists. Over 175 judges from leading venture capital firms and strategic partners of digital learning like Accel, General Atlantic, Reach Capital, and Owl Ventures, among others, used rigorous criteria to determine the 20 most promising companies to compete in ASU+ GSV Stage X.
“We are humbled and very excited to be in the Top 20 of the GSV Cup. As we constantly think about creating a technology learning experience of the future that is enjoyable and of the highest quality for children, it’s great to be recognized as innovative by the fantastic jury who have a bird’s-eye view of the global Ed Tech vanguard,” said Anushree Goenka, CEO and Co-founder of Spark Studio.
“Over the next two months, a lot of our vision will come to market. We’re thrilled to see our users have ‘invisible learning’ experiences, which essentially feel like a game for kids and lead to real, measurable learning outcomes,” said Kaustubh Khade, CPO and co-founder of Spark Studio. .
“GSV is very 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 were rigorously evaluated by a jury made up of more than 90 of the best venture capitalists. Congratulations to all!”
The top 20 companies serve learners from K-12, with companies well-distributed across the following categories: Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Adult Corporate Learning.
The GSV Cup is powered by Google Cloud, HubSpot for Startups, HolonIQ and GSV Ventures.
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ABOUT Spark Studio
|Founders of Spark Studio|
Spark Studio is building the digital future of non-academic learning for the world, at the intersection of learning and play for children. We offer learning about music, communication skills and art.
Spark Studio was founded by alumni from IIT Delhi, IIM-Ahmedabad, IISC, each with over a decade of experience in India’s top unicorns and decacorns – BYJU’S, Swiggy, Lead School, DailyHunt, Zyngas, etc.
Spark Studio is backed by YCombinator, Better Capital, Harvard Management Company and a host of prominent Indian Angels.
ABOUT GSV VENTURES
GSV Ventures is a women-led, multi-stage venture capital firm focused on the $7 trillion+ education sector. The fund currently invests from the GSV Ventures Fund III and supports innovative entrepreneurs around the world in the “Pre-K to Gray” learning arc. GSV manages over $675 million in global EdTech investments. Portfolio securities include Andela, Class Technologies, ClassDojo, Coursera, Course Hero, Degreed, Guild, MasterClass, Outlier, Photomath, Quizizz, Lead School, Brightchamps and ClassPlus, among others.