Time for a new roundup of some interesting edtech startups out of Asia and India that caught our eye.
Today we got easyuni out of Malaysia, MyBusMate and SchoolofTutors out of Singapore as well as Mettl from India.
Founded in 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, easyuni is a search engine for colleges and universities. As you would expect from such a service the platform features student-generated reviews, photos and videos about the different institutions. The platform currently lists 2.000 colleges and universities and 70.000 courses from 28 countries.
Now easyuni has formed a partnership with Yahoo Malaysia reports e27. Through this partnership, easyuni got a dedicated education channel on the Yahoo News portal for Malaysia which the startup fills with relevant content for parents and students looking to study abroad.
- Easyuni partners Yahoo in Malaysia to launch higher education channel | e27
Singapore-based MyBusMate aims to give parents who wait for their children at the bus stop real time updates on their whereabouts so they don’t need to worry in case the bus is late. While children could certainly update their parents via SMS, MyBusMate also has features for school administrators and bus companies baked into the product.
Parents benefit from real time tracking and push notifications, schools can message parents and bus operators as well as check student attendance, and bus companies get features like automatic invoicing and student manifest.
- How will this startup streamline daily commutes for students? | e27
Another edtech startup based in Singapore is SchoolofTutors. The startup brands itself as “first online marketplace for tutoring” in the country. The difference between SchoolofTutors and other services in the space is that parents and students can directly contact and interact with the tutors. Apparently, this is not the case with the other tutoring services in Singapore which use tuition coordinators according to e27.
Like Tutorspree out of New York, the founders of SchoolofTutors took the inspiration for their portal from airbnb. In order to help customers find the right tutor out of the 1.200 ones who are already listed, SchoolofTutors uses an algorithm that takes the student reviews into consideration as well as recommendations by family and friends. The portal also encourages tutors to upload copies of their certificates in order to receive a badge and better listings.
School of Tutors: A reliable exchange for parents, students and tutors | e27
Mettl, based in Gurgaon, India, is an online assessment platform used by hiring managers in companies to test future employees. Mettl now added two new features to its platform, an automatic invigilation mechanism and an English language simulator.
The remote proctoring system enables the examiner to test candidates in multiple locations while reducing the risk of cheating to a minimum through different features. For example, a candidate cannot move away from the test window and the program also recognizes different faces or typing patterns.
Through the English language simulator, examiners can test writing skills in real time as well as grammar, syntax and coherence and tone.
Mettl was founded in 2010 and raised a $4 million Series A in August 2012 according to VCCircle.
- Online skill assessment startup Mettl rolls out automatic invigilation system & English language simulator | VCCircle