Saurabh Saxena, the co-founder of the online tutoring platform Vedantu and Lakshya, has launched its third entrepreneurial venture with Uable, an online platform focusing on life skill development for kids.
Uable focuses on the 6-12-year-old category and aims to nurture creative intelligence and develop future-ready skills like communication skills, adaptability, emotional intelligence, active listening skills, etc. Uable uses online playful learning methods for making the aspirants more active. It will be officially launched next week and has been in beta mode since February, and saw rapid adoption due to the pandemic-led lockdown.
While most of the ed-tech start-ups primarily focus on school curriculum and online entrance exam preparation packages for the aspirants, Uable looks to complement the school curriculum with their unique life skill development techniques and that’s the USP of Uable. Uable could get a wide range of customers from the target market as it primarily focuses on life skill development.
India’s ed-tech sector has got a huge growth this year after educational institutions and classroom learning were hit due to the pandemic and the followed lockdowns. These companies have been benefiting from the readiness of Indian middle-class families to spend most of their income on online education and online tutoring to give their children the best. Uable is also chasing in on the same opportunity but in a different manner.
Saxena resigned from Vedantu in 2018 after completing about eight years there. He told in an interview that he wanted to build a playful learning system that was beyond the classroom where children can play and nurture their intelligence, creativity and learn life skills like empathy, which are complementary to school education.
Uable is targeting parents and children in Indian metros and also looking to expand globally. Once Saxena told that they have run a pilot in Singapore and plan to do one in the US and will then launch in these markets shortly. The challenge for Uable in the 6-12-year-old segment is to establish with parents the importance of skills like creativity and empathy which are not part of the school curriculum.
Currently, Uable has 25,000 sign-ups and Saxena plans to grow this client base to about one lakh by the end of this year. Uable’s interdisciplinary programs combine play and peer-based learning and have a wide range of domains such as engineering and science, arts, technology, entrepreneurship, and humanities. Saxena said he aims to make Uable a one-stop platform for beyond-curriculum learning for children and bridge the skill gap even before the kid finishes from school.