Online music education Startup Spardha raises Rs. 8 Cr in Pre-Series A2 led by Inflection Point Ventures
Spardha is Punebased Digital Training Platform in Online Music & Performing Arts Education
● The funds raised will be utilized in expanding sales and operation teams along with product upgrade.
● This is IPV’s 2nd round of investment in Spardha.
● Funds will also be spent on brand building & marketing.
● IPV has so far invested over Rs. 400 Cr across 120+ deals.
A unique digital training platform in online music & performing arts, Spardha has raised Rs 8 crore in a Pre-Series A2 round led by Inflection Point Ventures. The round also saw participation from Mumbai Angels & We Founder Circle. The funds raised will be utilized for hiring across sales and operation along with product upgrade. The Company will also be spending funds on brand building & marketing to further expand its presence in the global market.
Ankur Mittal, Co-Founder, Inflection Point Ventures says, “Music has always been a therapeutic tool with multiple health and mental benefits such as enabling creativity, productivity, enhancing concentration, relieving stress and much more. Spardha with its digital training platform has been successful in catering to the need of music loving audiences across age groups starting as early as 5 for beginners to advanced levels of any age. Their futuristic system enables personalized musical journeys for students and trainers in a seamless classroom experience virtually thus effectively bridging the gap of availability, safety and convenience.
He further added, “Spardha with its curated curriculum, certified Trainers & state-of-the-art technology is expanding rapidly, not only in India but also in the international markets and IPV aims to further extend their support to help them achieve their goals”.
Spardha is a digital training platform that leverages curated curriculum, certified Trainers & cutting-edge technology to offer personalized trainer-assisted online lessons to learners. Founders Saurabh Srivastav, Amrita Srivastav & Rikhil Jain have a mission to contribute in the holistic development of millions of students and thousands of trainers globally through this platform. Spardha uses a proprietary system to hire, up skill and manage teachers professionally. This system also enables personalized musical journeys for different student personas in a seamless classroom experience virtually. Spardha is rapidly expanding to the US, UK, Australia, Canada & UAE. They have also increased their revenue by 10x in the last 14 months.
Saurabh Srivastav, Founder & CEO, Spardha shares “In my last 12-month journey with IPV, we received seamless support across various critical functions like Branding, Marketing, Product Development and Execution from IPV. IPV has successfully developed an eco-system where an early-stage startup like Spardha can not only get funded but can also get all required support to achieve its goals. I feel blessed to be a part of IPV. If your concept is powerful & if you are committed to make it a success, you will get all required support at IPV to make it a reality. I would like to thank Team IPV for helping Spardha grow manifold & to expand globally in the last 12 months.”
Spardha has registered around 400+ freelancer teachers in India to support its global delivery model. The industry has a huge untapped potential where the TAM (Total Addressable Market) is estimated to rise to USD 75 billion by 2025. The sector is growing globally at 18.68% CAGR b/n 2021-2026.
Innovative Ideas and Breakthroughs from NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering
The department has published two patents, research papers at international conferences
The Civil Engineering department of NMIMS MPSTME has been making significant strides in the field of disaster management, flood resilience, and sustainable infrastructure. The department has published two patents, research papers at international conferences, and completed several student-led projects on topics such as renewable energy, groundwater modelling, and self-healing concrete.
The first patent, ‘Automated Flood Water Regulating Multipurpose System,’ proposes a novel approach to flood resilience by constructing multipurpose wells on the banks of rivers to discharge excess water and generate hydropower. The second patent, ‘Aqua Barrier,’ is an automated mechanism that can protect any flood-prone area, regardless of its size, from any disasters caused due to water.
The student-led projects are equally impressive, with topics ranging from low-volume rural concrete roads to oscillating tidal wave energy converters. These projects showcase the department’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and innovative design.
The faculty at NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering department, led by Head, Dr. Meenal Mategaonkar and Research coordinator, Dr. Jigisha Vashi, played a vital role in guiding and mentoring students toward research excellence. Their expertise and guidance have enabled students to participate and win awards in prestigious competitions such as the CDRI’s ‘Imagining Disaster Resilient Structures’ and The University of Queensland’s ‘Engineering Design Challenge, and AAKAR at IIT Bombay.’
The department’s success is further evidenced by the achievements of its students in national and international conferences. Students presented their research papers in Scopus Indexed papers and conferences such as the 9th Indian Young Geotechnical Engineering Conference and the Eighth Indian Young Geotechnical Conference.
Dr. Meenal Mategaonkar, Head of the Civil Engineering Department, MPSTME, NMIMS, said, “The achievements of the NMIMS MPSTME Civil Engineering department demonstrate its commitment to developing innovative solutions for complex problems in the field of civil engineering. The department’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, disaster resilience, and renewable energy is essential for addressing the challenges faced by society today. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both students and faculty and their commitment to excellence.”
Embark on a Journey of Scientific Empowerment with NMIMS School of Science’s Innovative Programs!
The school is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and innovation, and is recognized as one of the leading science schools in the country
SVKM’s NMIMS Sunandan Divatia School of Science (SDSOS) has officially announced the commencement of the admissions process for its Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs. The school is known for its strong emphasis on academic excellence, research, and innovation, and is recognized as one of the leading science schools in the country.
Aspiring students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of science can now apply for various undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs offered by SDSOS. The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) programs are available in Applied Psychology, Biomedical Science, and Animation and VFX, while the Master of Science (M.Sc.) programs are offered in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Applied Psychology, and Physiotherapy. The school also offers Ph.D. program in Science with various disciplines such as Chemistry, and Biological Sciences.
With a focus on creating industry-ready and research-savvy graduates, SDSOS has been at the forefront of imparting cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills through constantly evolving curriculums and state-of-the-art facilities and is situated in the heart of Mumbai.
Dr. Purvi Bhatt, I/C Dean, Sunandan Divatia School of Science, said, “The school provides a dynamic and inclusive learning environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and innovation. Our interdisciplinary approach to education prepares students for successful careers in science and beyond, while our emphasis on co-curricular and extracurricular activities ensures their holistic development.”
The school has a student-centric environment that supports research in niche areas of Science & Technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and equipment to enhance students’ hands-on skills, and a library facility that is constantly updated with the latest information. The labs at SDSOS provide modernised infrastructure and the latest equipment such as the animal tissue culture lab and the wet labs at the department of Biological Sciences offer cutting-edge technology to mould students into scientists.
School of Science offers a wide range of opportunities for students to explore their talents and interests, as well as gain valuable practical experience. The events and activities mentioned, such as Excalibur, National Science Day, Open day, Guest talks, Book Talk, Sports Day, Psych Film Fest, and club activities like photography and art, these programs provide a platform for students to demonstrate their abilities and gain insights from their peers.
The Future of Architecture Takes Center Stage at NMIMS BSSA
Leach is a co-founder of Digital FUTURES and an academician at the Academy of Europe
NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture was excited to host Open Studio 2022-23 program by the renowned architectural theorist and digital design expert, Neil Leach, on 28th March 2023 and the title was, “Tell me that AI ain’t scary”
Leach is a co-founder of Digital FUTURES and an academician at the Academy of Europe. Leach has published over 40 books on architectural theory and digital design, including “Architecture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to AI for Architects” and “The AI Design Revolution: How AI Will Transform Architecture.”
In the lecture, Leach highlighted the potential threat that artificial intelligence (AI) poses to the field of architecture. With the recent launch of GPT4 and the growing capabilities of AI, there is concern among architects that their jobs may be at risk. Leach provided an informed overview of the current state of AI and its potential impact on the architecture profession.
“We are very happy and proud to host Professor Neil Leach at the school. As a leading school of architecture, we are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive education that equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the rapidly evolving field of design. Our Open Studio program and public lectures, and talks by experts like Neil Leach, play a critical role in this mission by enabling students to learn from distinguished scholars and practitioners and engage with cutting-edge ideas and technologies. We are excited to continue providing these opportunities and look forward to seeing the impact they will have on the future of architecture and design,” said, BSSA Dean, Dr. Kaiwan Mehta. As the field of architecture continues to evolve, it is essential to stay informed about emerging technologies and their potential impact on the profession. NMIMS BSSA School enables students to learn from experts and engage with pressing issues in architecture and design. By inviting renowned scholars and practitioners like Neil Leach to share their insights and expertise, the school provides a valuable opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the field.
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