OckyPocky, an interactive English learning platform for Pre-K children, has raised an undisclosed amount in a seed funding round led by Udaan Co-founder and CEO Sujeet Kumar and venture capital fund SucSEED Indovation Fund.
The Gurugram-based startup will use the capital to grow its repository of content for a wider vernacular audience and fine-tune its offerings to benefit a greater student base.
OckyPocky offers key language learning programs so kids can achieve lasting success with a firm grasp of the English language. Through an AI-based platform — which gives real-time feedback to kids as they learn — OckyPocky ensures better learning outcomes.
Unlike other video apps, OckyPocky gives feedback and allows kids to build an early-year vocabulary foundation with voice, video, and vernacular.
Ocky Pocky was started in 2015 by former YouTube India head and IIM-Bangalore alumni Amit Agarwal, with a vision to make learning fun and personalized. It facilitates brain development, skill development by taking advantage of kids’ natural desire to learn.
Speaking about the platform and how the funding will help the company, Amit Agrawal, Founder & CEO of OckyPocky, said:
"Since its inception, OckyPocky has been on a mission to empower children and help them master English with the right learning tools that can unlock unlimited future possibilities for them. With this seed funding round led by Sujeet Sir and SIF, we will be able to expand and further develop our technology to deliver high-quality personalized learning experience enabled by an interactive and innovative approach across India’s high-potential Tier-II, III, and IV cities."
The WhizKidz team created OckyPocky, an octopus that assists children in learning English using personalized AI/NLP behind the screens.
Sujeet Kumar, Co-founder & CEO, Udaan, also commented on the investment saying,
"The OckyPocky team is focused on solving one of the long-standing problems in the Indian education system, i.e., democratizing English learning through tech. I was impressed by the product quality and team background, along with the personalized nature of the language learning programs that it offers."
Kumar further added, "Their product is propelled by their huge IP and has been steadily growing since the pandemic. It is vernacular-focused, and I could relate to my own humiliation stories from my childhood when discussing them. I will be spending some time every quarter to help them iron out their scaling plans, and am really excited to join hands and support them in their journey."
According to Vikrant Varshney, Co-founder and Managing Partner, SucSEED Indovation Fund, the Indian education system has gone through some landmark shifts, with the pandemic and increasing digitization. As a result, the size of the market is poised to scale $3.2 billion by 2022 and $10.4 billion by 2025. OckyPocky makes learning fun and personalized. It facilitates brain development, skill development by taking advantage of a kid's natural desire to learn and also curating creative courses for their learners. OckyPocky is an interactive app using AI technology to create a personalized experience.
In August 2020, OckyPocky had raised an undisclosed amount of investment in a seed round led by Lead Angels Network.