Bengaluru: Edtech firm PlanetSpark, a K-12 segment player in the communication skills learning category, is looking to recruit 10,000+ English teachers in 2022. The company already has 2,100+ teachers on the platform.
In December last year, the company had raised a Series-B round of $13.5 million, led by Prime Venture Partners and entrepreneurs such as Binny Bansal, Deep Kalra, Dr. Ashish Gupta, Gokul Rajaram, and Shirish Nandkarni. With the fresh round of investment, the company plans to aggressively capture the market share in the $82-billion global communication skills market.
The newly recruited 10,000 teachers will help the company strengthen its presence in India, the US and the Middle East, and also to enter new markets such as Europe and South East Asia.
“India has an estimated pool of 1.8 million potential English teachers. Every year, around 4,00,000 fresh candidates enter this pool in the form of English, communication and B.Ed graduates. This provides a unique demographic advantage to build a global communication skills market leader from India,” said Kunal Malik, co-founder of PlanetSpark.
The teachers can teach global students using the edtech firm’s platform from their homes, and can choose any convenient time slot in the day as the company caters to students from multiple time zones.
“The remote working revolution has made a massive impact on the teaching industry as well. We are witnessing a phenomenon where online teaching has become a serious profession. Top-notch teachers have adopted online teaching in large numbers and they do not want to go back to the traditional offline classroom teaching,” said Maneesh Dhooper, co-founder of PlanetSpark.
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PlanetSpark was founded in 2017 by XLRI graduates and hostel wingmates Malik and Dhooper, who bring with them over a decade of experience each, in the growth and scale-up of organisations such as Unilever, UrbanClap and Novartis. The edtech startup has raised a total funding of $17.2 million, so far.
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