In an effort to make your designathon experience more interesting, we have collected a few data sets from friends of Sequoia Capital India. Please note that these are only small sample sizes. You can download the full data sets on the day of the event
Data sets for Sequoia::Design
Capital Float is India’s leading digital financing platform that provides quick and easy capital to help SMEs fund rapid growth and achieve their next milestone. The company also manages India’s largest online lending marketplace, with leading banks and financial institutions participating as lenders.
Founded in 2013, Capital Float which is the trade name for Zen Lefin Private Limited a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) registered with the Reserve Bank of India. It is a dominant player in the e-commerce lending space that includes partnerships with Snapdeal, PayTM, Shopclues, eBay, Alibaba, UBER & Via. The company is headquartered in Bangalore with offices in Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.
Data for schools in Karnataka, from Akshara Foundation, with
1. Location of the schools (Lat+long as well as districts and PIN Codes)
2. Info on availability of facilities like library, toilets, computer lab etc
3. Custom survey questions about teachers, school maintenance, toilets’ cleanliness etc
About KLP/Akshara Foundation
In India, over the next 20 years we will be adding one million people to the workforce every single month. This means that we have to equip our children with the knowledge and ability to compete in a different world and adapt to new technologies and opportunities – else they will be stuck with 19th century job skills in the 21st century. Hanushek and Woessmann in their study titled “ The High Cost of Low Educational Performance” posit that “ An improvement of one half standard deviation in mathematics and science performance at the individual level implies, by historical experience, an increase of annual growth rates of GDP per capita of 0.87%”.
It is also well accepted that India’s demographic dividend will not translate into demographic capital unless proactive action is taken. By whom? How? When? Can the entire ecosystem of schooling be made more vibrant? Can the infra-structure be alive and functioning on the ground? Can the process of policy-making be a more informed one? Can there be accountability for ensuring that children learn? For this to happen there has to be timely, robust, actionable data from governmental and non-governmental sources. As a first step to answering these questions, the Karnataka Learning Partnership (klp.org.in) was set up .
Karnataka Learning Partnership is an open web-enabled platform set up with the objective of galvanising stakeholders into driving change in our early childhood as well as primary education system – the right stage to lay a strong foundation. KLP has been conceived by and incubated at Akshara Foundation (akshara.org.in) in Bangalore, where it been fine-tuned and adapted in the context of government schooling in Karnataka. KLP’s online space is available to all stakeholders who have a commitment to better schools and better education.
There are four critical areas that we need to look at: (a) providing access to schools for all children; (b) ensuring that all schools have the mandated infrastructure; (c) measuring learning outcomes of children and (d) engagement with community. If these areas are addressed well, we believe we will be able to strengthen the links between transparency and accountability.
It is our belief that civil society can help in bringing about effective governance and that governance results from partnerships and civic engagements which are crucial in stimulating innovation, participation and empowerment. The ultimate aim is building a citizen centric model that has high levels of engagement at multiple levels – from parents of children, to corporate volunteers, to media and other related stakeholders.
This is a gigantic task and we believe this is the first of its kind in the world. At Akshara we believe that if we all work together, it is possible for us to bring in higher levels of quality in our primary education system through a comprehensive use of governance. Nearly 70% of the children in our state use the government primary school system and it is here that jointly we can ensure maximum public good.