Education tech startup Oust Labs, with the help of its gamified platform is helping students perform well in Indian competitive examinations. The startup has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from T.V.Mohandas Pai, who is the chairman of Manipal Global Education Services and Aarin Capital. Oust labs was founded in Aug 2015 by Shrikant Latkar in California, the startup has been running trials of its application in cities like Karnataka. Latkar said in a statement:
“Our goal is to help students to qualify for a better college or job, irrespective of where they are studying right now,”
Oust has a collection of 1.25 Lakh questions across physics, chemistry, maths, and biology subjects, curated by teachers and organized into various modules. More than 7000 Students have benefited from the platform by playing short 2-minute quizzes that consist of 5 questions on various subjects on their mobile devices.
Oust has over 30,000 multiple choice questions (including past question papers) for PUC I and II of the Karnataka Common Entrance Examination. The product is also available for CBSE, AIPMT, COMEDK and Maharashtra CET exams. The startup has a presence in California, Bangalore, Belagavi and Pune.
Mohandas Pai comments on this development:
“While the challenge of delivering relevant and high—quality online content is being solved by a number of very promising ventures all over the world, there exists a larger fundamental challenge to engage and retain students’ attention on a constantly evolving paradigm of mobile and social,”
Students compete with their peers across India, and instantly track their performance on real time leaderboards and see where they stand.
The company advisors include Paulette Altmaier, former head of partnerships at Khan Academy, Gurmeet Lamba, VP of Engineering of Sentient Technologies (an artificial intelligence company) and Venkatesh Venkataraman, entrepreneur and architect who has worked at several startups.