This sister duo started an edtech startup for lower income students in West Bengal – achieved revenue of Rs 50 lakhs in one year of operation.

Founded in 2022 by the dynamic sister duo Tanvi Parakh and Dikshita Parakh, Shikkhoni is a regional ed-tech startup based in Kolkata, West Bengal. 

While Dikshita is a CA by profession, Tanvi graduated from the Wharton School Of Business and previously worked as an investment banker. 

The inspiration for Shikkhoni came when the founders realized that the major players in the ed tech market in India were primarily targeting affluent segments and competitive exams, leaving behind millions of rural children with limited access to quality education.

The Inspiration 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Tanvi and Dikshita witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by children from their staff who were unable to transition to online learning due to resource limitations. This experience further fueled their determination to bridge the educational gap in an affordable manner.

Thus, Shikkhoni was born as a regional ed-tech startup catering to the educational needs of students and professionals in West Bengal.

Under the umbrella of Shikkhoni, the startup offers two key services:

Shikkhoni School

Shikkhoni School, an integral component of the Shikkhoni ed-tech startup, offers a comprehensive range of educational resources to students studying under the West Bengal Board from 7th to 12th grade. 

This platform goes beyond traditional teaching methods, providing live classes, video courses, comprehensive notes, valuable suggestions, and mock tests. 

The primary objective of Shikkhoni School is to ensure that all students, regardless of their background or financial capabilities, have access to high-quality educational materials.

By offering live classes, students can engage in real-time learning experiences, interacting with qualified educators and fellow classmates. The video courses provide flexibility, allowing students to learn at their own pace and revisit concepts as needed. Additionally, comprehensive notes serve as valuable study aids, enhancing students’ understanding and retention of key subjects.

Shikkhoni School is committed to inclusivity, ensuring that no student is left behind due to financial constraints. This approach eliminates barriers and empowers students to reach their full academic potential.

Furthermore, mock tests play a pivotal role in preparing students for their exams. By simulating real exam scenarios, students can evaluate their knowledge, identify areas for improvement, and build confidence in their abilities.

Shikkoni Skills

Meanwhile, Shikkhoni Skills focuses on empowering individuals with 21st-century skills essential for success in the job market. 

Through live classes and tests, Shikkhoni Skills offers courses in communication, spoken English, web development, digital marketing, and other basic skills.

By bridging the language gap and providing skill development opportunities in a cost-effective way, Shikkhoni aims to make individuals from lower-income backgrounds more competitive in the job market.

The Impact

Since its inception, Shikkhoni has made significant strides in transforming education and skill development in West Bengal. 

In its first year of operations, Shikkhoni achieved a revenue figure of Rupees 50 lakhs, all achieved without external funding as the startup remains bootstrapped.

With a mission to provide accessible and inclusive educational platforms, Shikkhoni is empowering individuals to thrive in the digital age.

Future Goals

Looking forward, Shikkhoni has ambitious goals to deepen its impact in the skill development space. The startup aims to help individuals upskill themselves and create placement opportunities for its learners. 

Additionally, Shikkhoni envisions expanding its reach to regions like Bihar and Orissa, addressing the educational and skill gaps prevalent in these areas.

By democratizing education and skill development, Tanvi Parakh and Dikshita Parakh have paved the way for a brighter future for countless individuals in West Bengal.