Toppr launches coding classes, invests $6 mn to expand operations

Toppr launches coding classes, invests $6 mn to expand operations
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15 Jul, 2020

Edtech firm Toppr Technologies has rolled out one-on-one live coding classes for children aged between 6 and 18 years. The company has also invested about $6 million to expand its operations.

Dubbed Toppr Codr, the classes will teach young students how to create their own apps, websites, games and other interactive platforms, according to a statement.

The curriculum of Toppr Codr, created by graduates from MIT and IITs, includes on-demand and self-paced modules, adaptive paths, one-on-one live personalised classes and output based learning. Students can opt for basic or advanced levels of coding, based on their preference.

“The 21st-century workforce will be way different from today. It will be centred on technologies that did not exist 20 years ago and technologies that are yet to be created. Coding will be pivotal to this revolutionary change,” Zishaan Hayath, CEO of Toppr said.

“For Toppr Codr, we have been actively involved for content creation, teacher selection as well as the overall project curation process. We are investing $6 million into Toppr Codr for hiring, operations, technology and marketing,” he added.  

Toppr Codr uses technologies ranging from block-based to actual text-based coding platforms such as App Lab, Thunkable, Java, Arduino, and React Native along with Python for machine learning/artificial intelligence.

Hayath set up Toppr in 2013 with fellow IIT Bombay alumnus Hemanth Goteti. It recently raised $2 million from returning investor Kaizen Private Equity.

The edtech sector has benefited from the Covid-19 pandemic induced lockdown. Toppr claims to have witnessed one million sessions per day since May, with 100% month-on-month growth in paid users and a 125% increase in the number of subscribers for its live classes.

Listen: Toppr founder Zishaan Hayath on online schools and managing user surge

The firm competes with companies such as Vedantu and Byju’s.