Entri is an app-based resource for public exam preparation. Its features include practice questions, mock tests, doubt resolution, rank suggestions, and more. It prepares students for competitive exams like PSC-LDC, KEAM, KCET, COMEDK, and more. Its app is available on the Android platform. It also lists private part-time and full-time placement opportunities.
Entri, part of Boston-based EdTech accelerator LearnLaunch, started off by providing content in Malayalam and recently launched study materials in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Hindi. It first started by providing a database of questions for government recruitment examinations in Malayalam.
How it all started
Entri, launched in 2017 by Mohammed Hisamuddin and Rahul Ramesh, offers local language courses on upskilling for growth in the private sector and cracking exams for government jobs. The startup said it has more than 8 Mn registered users with over 250K paid subscribers. It offers 500+ courses in eight languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, and Odiya. Till now, over 25,000 of its subscribers have cracked a government job exam.
Presently it provides over three lakh questions and over 1,000 videos in 8 different local languages. Entri has also started providing course content for upskilling spoken English, MS Office, etc that can help users get private jobs. The startup broke the barrier stating that ‘Only 5 per cent of all the people in the world have English as their first language. But they have to depend on the English content on the internet to learn skills that matter to them’.
How Entri made its debut in the industry
The Kerala-based Entri app raised USD 7 (about Rs 53 crore) million In the Funding Round Led by Omidyar Network India
Boston-based Innospark Ventures and Integrated Capital, a Hong Kong-based private equity fund, also participated in the round along with Gokul Rajaram, a board member of Pinterest and Coinbase, and Sriram Krishnan, a partner at venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z).
According to Arjun Malhotra, Partner at Good Capital(investor), "It's ridiculous that economic opportunities suffer a bottleneck in India because of the medium of learning. Skills like Excel or project management shouldn't require people to be proficient in English". Over 10,000 users have been able to secure a job using the Entri app, he claimed.
The startup said some of its most popular course categories include: coding, personal finance, spoken English, state PSC exams, nursing certifications, and teacher exams among others.
The platform has so far seen users consume more than 1 crore minutes of video lessons and 27 crore questions practised in the 8 local languages.
“Millions of young learners across the country are looking to get skilled so they can get a job either in the private or public sector or become self-employed. These learners need solutions that are contextualized for them, i.e., the offering is in the local language, affordable, range of courses they can choose from,” Omidyar’s principal Sarvesh Kanodia(investor) said.
“Entri app is focused on the non-English speaking segment in India which has over 40 crore people in the age group of 18-35. We feel that with the right kind of training and learning in their mother tongue, they can improve their employability chances and increase earning capabilities. We are focused on this segment and firmly believe we can impact more than 4 crore users’ lives in the next 3 years with the kind of headstart we have got,” said Mohammed Hisamuddin, founder and CEO of Entri app stated recently.