30 Under 30 Asia: From Edtech To The Metaverse, Meet The Young Entrepreneurs Innovating In Consumer Technology

June 2, 2022 | Forbes | Portfolio
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When it comes to consumer technology, Asia’s Forbes 30 Under 30 young entrepreneurs are on the forefront of developing new apps–from those for edtech t0 dating. Interest in Web3 apps is also increasing and these entrepreneurs are catering to that as well.

Education Technology

Edtech is another area where Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia listees are innovating. In Hong Kong, Nixon Chan and Sarah Tong’s the Big Bang Academy teaches STEM subjects to children ages 3 to 8 through its app, online classes and in-person centers. So far, they claim they have reached over 10,000 children in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and have 4,000 recurring students and subscribers. 

India’s Harshit Awasthi, Ahmad Faraaz and Sashakt Tripathi are also offering STEM education through their startup, Kalam Labs. The trio are building a STEM metaverse for kids aged 6 to 14. Backed by investors including Lightspeed India, GSV Capital, and Y Combinator, their Kalam Labs leverages live multiplayer gaming where children attend live streams in a virtual world to learn science topics. 

Focusing on adult education, serial entrepreneurs and college friends, Nishant Chandra and Siddharth Maheshwari cofounded Bangalore-based Newton School in 2019. The company prepares students for jobs with technology companies. It focuses on millions of students from second- and third-tier Indian cities and graduates who lack industry skills. With mentors from Google, Microsoft and Uber, Newton runs a six-month program and claims to have more than 200 companies hiring its students. In February, it raised a $5 million series A round led by RTP Global followed by a $25 million Series B led by Steadview Capital in May.