Suraasa, a skill-tech startup focused on preparing teachers for national and international career opportunities by upskilling them, raises $1.2 million from notable investors. It was founded by Rishabh Khanna (CEO, Cognitive scientist, and recognised expert in the global teacher education sector), Ankit Khanna (CTO) NIT alumni, ex-Smart Cubes), and Sahil Makker (Chief Strategy Officer, INSEAD & Thapar alumni, ex-Booz Allen).
The funding round was led by Inflection Point Ventures, one of India’s leading Angel Funds, and saw participation from NB Ventures from the UAE, SuperMorpheus from Singapore, Vinners and SucSEED Innovation from India.
It aims to bring teaching into mainstream career choices by successfully developing skilled new educators and enabling existing teachers to achieve their personal and professional goals.
“The established reputation and respected presence of Suraasa in India and the UAE brought in well-known names such as Manan Khurma (Founder & CEO, Cuemath), Kunal Shah (Founder, Cred), Kiran Karunakaran (Partner, Bain & Co), Anuj Saraiwala (Partner, Elluminate Ventures), owner of a large chain of schools, amongst many others in the seed round, “ said in a release by the company.
Speaking on the occasion, Ankur Mittal, Co-Founder and COO of Inflection Point Ventures said, “We are delighted to partner with Suraasa, which is working tirelessly to change the way people perceive teaching as a career. The team is passionate about solving this large problem to ensure every 21st-century child gets mentored by a competent & motivated 21st-century teacher. The solution they have not only aligns with the changes being envisioned by the National Education Policy in India but also fills the huge demand-supply gap for teachers internationally, including the US and other western markets.”
Sharing his thoughts, Rishabh Khanna, Founder and CEO of Suraasa said, “A report from the United Nations and World Bank shows a rising global shortage for skilled teachers which will reach almost 78 million teachers by 2030. This clearly shows a huge requirement of teachers and educators worldwide with no instant solution to this problem. Suraasa, the global teacher skilling and career management platform, will be a large contributor to solving the skilled teacher shortage by bringing together advanced technology, international mentors, and the best global teaching curriculum.”