Debleena is a Bangalore based storyteller, Entrepreneur, start-up advisor, writer and singer. With a background in Strategy, Finance and Marketing, she has worked with Impact Investment fund, Unitus Seed Fund, global firms such as GE, Fidelity, JP Morgan, Prudential as well as with one of India's fastest growing Analytics firms, BRIDGEi2i Analytics Solutions. She is interested in telling the stories and helping scale up disruptive business ideas in Education, and Financial Inclusion where innovation and scale are most needed for Impact in India.
She teaches regularly at leading Institutes of India and is also a frequent speaker at conferences. A keen writer, she has published articles and stories in multiple journals. Weekends find her telling stories and singing folk songs.
Studying in a so-called "alternative school" in Bangalore, our child had bli fully spent the first few years of her school life playing in the sandpit, climbing monkey bars and asking endle questions...
For the first one year, as you feed your child each morsel of food and watch her take her first tottering steps holding on to your hand as an anchor, you feel pain and love as you probably have never felt before. Then comes the day when she steps out, alone, for the first time, to her playschool or her daycare, leaving home and you. She cries, probably for a few days, but you cry longer.
The market size of online education in India is expected to cross $40 billion by 2017. As new government initiatives are being launched and new edu-tech funding deals are being announced, education is suddenly an investable business. Let's look at five examples of companies trying to disrupt the quality of education in India, with technology used as an enabler - as a means and not the end.