News Corp VCCircle Education Investment Summit
Assessing Business Potential in the Education Sector: Driving RoI
India holds an important place in the global education industry and is poised to witness major growth in the years to come as the country will have world’s largest tertiary-age population and second largest graduate talent pipeline globally by the end of 2020. The government and the private sector are working intently to provide funds as well as relevant, skill based and employment assuring education to the this young talent.
However, reach, accessibility, quality and difference in regards with international standards remain some of the big challenges for the Indian education system.
Entrepreneurs and startups and trying to offer some solutions to these challenges through use of technology and unique models to increase the reach to all stakeholders including students, teachers, supplementary education providers and parents. Going by media reports, edtech startups seem to hold their ground in the country, with rising popularity, fundraising activities, and increasing business opportunities. In the same pursuit, though investors have backed entrepreneurs but it has been with cautious approach. So while in 2014, around 44 players raised a total of $96 million in the education category, 2016 saw around 58 education startups collectively raising investment of over $210 million. Considering the massive opportunity presented by the sector, the investments are way lesser compared with ecommerce or fintech sector. This can be due to reasons like long duration of sale cycles, the hesitance to invest in something new, highly regulated study material, segmented market with multiple stakeholders, specific demographics that are yet to adopt the digital culture etc. Also, not all startups have a sustainable revenue model and are able to survive.
Again considering that startups might have answers to multiple questions of accessibility and quality, how do we bring investments to the forefront in the education space? How do we bridge the gap between investor expectation, entrepreneurial offering, consumer acceptance and student benefit?
The News Corp VCCircle Education Investment Summit will discuss some of these issues in detail, understand perspective of each stakeholder and help industry come with solutions.
09.00 - 10.00AM
Registration & Networking
10.00 - 10.05AM
Welcome Address by News Corp VCCircle
10.05 - 11.05AM
Panel Discussion 1: Investment trends in education
The past couple of years saw increased investments in startups catering to certain products and offerings. The panel discussion will narrate what’s happening in the vocational education, supplemental education & test preparation, Edu finance, skill based learning & corporate learning space. It will also discuss the investment outlook, rational of investments, expected RoI’s, regulatory and other hurdles and market cap opportunities in the current investment scenario.
11.05 - 11.20AM
11.20 AM - 12.20PM
Panel Discussion 2: Leveraging a $1.96Billion online education opportunity - Challenges and the way forward
Latest report released by Google suggests that online education industry will grow at a healthy rate of 8x, to become a USD 1.96 billion industry by 2021. There are many factors driving this growth including the perceived convenience, increased reach, hybrid learning channels, professionals seeking skill based learning and personalization offered by online channels. It is also noted, that high growth in education search queries is now coming in from Tier 2 and 3 cities, which points to the opportunities that growing penetration of smartphones and improving quality of internet have opened up. However, with approx. 11 deals amounting to $22 Million in Q1 of 2017, are the investors holding themselves back on leveraging this opportunity? This panel will discuss how to attract investments in this space while making sure that RoI in short and long term is achieved.
12.20 - 12.40PM
Special Address: Global Landscape vs India
US and China are leading the race when it comes to venture capital deals in the education space, with Xueleyun raising series C funding worth $200 million, followed by age of learning raising $150 million. Our home grown Byju’s also received considerable funding but it is indeed a rare occasion. Considering that Indian education market is almost as big as Chinese market with ample business opportunities, how do we attract investors to bet the money on it?
12.40 - 01.45PM
01.45 - 02.30PM
Panel Discussion 3: Bridging the rural-urban gap & breaking the traditional: Entrepreneurs in action
With low enrolment rate, low attendance, affordability, reach and quality issues; the education sector in India is full of opportunities for entrepreneurs. Ugam foundation, Hippocampus and learning delight are few entrepreneurs that are trying to bridge the gap between demand and supply, whereas, investors like Acumen, Aavishkar, Michael & Susan Dell and Unitus are working alongside. This panel will discuss business opportunities arising out of urban rural divide and how stakeholders intend to make best out of them.
2.30 - 3.00PM
Interview: Investors on K12, Higher education and corporate trainings
3.00 - 3.15PM
3.15 - 4.00PM
Panel Discussion 4: Re-imagining education – AI, Robotics & VR to lead the way
IoT, Cloud based content, digital scanners connected to smartphones, RFID & QR for student’s content and virtual classrooms are few technologies that are changing the face of education. While both investors and entrepreneurs are excited about the space, which in turn is witnessing maximum action; the funding is not to the expected levels. It is understandable that investors have to look out for product ready and sustainable business models, so what are the yardsticks for investors. What are some new technologies from other industries which can be used in edutech space as well? How are entrepreneurs ensuring value offering?
Date: December 14, 2017
Venue: The Westin, Gurgaon
Lead Angels is a pan-India sector agnostic Angel Network, started by a team of three originally from IIT Bombay to bridge the gap of financial assistance provision to deserving start up ventures. Lead Angels is India's first professionally managed Angel network in India, with defined work processes and a primary focus to invest time and capital in people who are aligned with shared goals and values. Having invested in over 20 companies in the past three years with a portfolio boasting of over a 90% survival rate, multiple learnings and trends about the Indian Start-up ecosystem have come to the surface and Lead Angels plans to continue investing in diverse, exciting opportunities.
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