Inspire Your Student to Be a Kid Science Advisor to the White House This Summer

Inspire Your Student to Be a Kid Science Advisor to the White House This Summer

Inspired himself by a nine-year-old visitor to the White House, President Barack Obama has decided that having a team of kid science advisors is a good idea to better understand the needs of students learning STEM. Last month, nine-year-old Jacob Leggette asked Obama if he was in need of some kid science advisers, and Obama liked the idea. “We should have a kid’s advisory group that starts explaining to us what’s interesting to them and what’s working, and could help us shape advances in STEM education,” Obama said later on, according to The Washington Post. Today, The Washington Post says Obama is turning the idea into a reality and the result could turn out to be an excellent summer learning idea to inspire students to keep learning STEM throughout the summer months. “Inspired by Jacob’s idea, the White House created a Web page to allow children to share their thoughts and views on science, technology, engineering and math education. The site is set to go live Thursday at WH.gov/KidScienceAdvisors,” The Post said. [Note: the website does not appear to be live at the time of this posting]. The Post says the website will prompt children for their ideas on STEM: “If you could pitch the President on one idea on how we could make our country work better using science and technology, what would you say?” Sounds like a good idea for a classroom project or a summer learning opportunity to us! Read the full story

India Funding Roundup: A School Bus Tracking App, Robo Finance Advisor, and More

India Funding Roundup: A School Bus Tracking App, Robo Finance Advisor, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles seed stage investments in Indian startups engaged in vehicle tracking, on demand concierge services, healthcare, EdTech, FinTech, and more.

Qlivery
Gurgaon-based on demand concierge service Qlivery, run by invexGO Solutions Private Limited, has raised $230,000 (roughly Rs. 1.5 crores) from Hong Kong-based Swastika Company Limited. The startup plans to use the funds to expand the team, geographical reach and add customers. A substantial amount of current fundraise will be used to improve the technology stack, including implementation of artificial intelligence, said Rohit Pansari in an emailed statement.

AppAlert
School bus tracking app AppAlert has raised $900,000 (roughly Rs. 5.9 crores) in its seed round of funding, led by Narinder Singh, a US-based serial investor. The funding secured will be deployed to build and enhance the core application and to expand its service offerings in markets of Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Australia, the company said, adding that it has kicked off trials at more than 20 schools in NCR and Mumbai.

Pramati Care
New Delhi-based healthcare services startup Pramati HealthCare, which provides caretakers for patients at home has reportedly raised $200,000 (roughly Rs. 1.3 crores) in Pre Series A round of funding. The startup is currently offering services in Delhi NCR region.

Avagmah Bengaluru-based EdTech startup Avagmah reportedly raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Infosys, and Atul Nishar, Founder of Hexaware, and existing investors. The startup provides a combination of cloud-based SaaS (software-as-a-service) technology to universities for increasing the reach and appeal of their programmes.

Healthenablr
Mumbai-based healthcare player Healthenablr has reportedly secured $800,000 (roughly Rs. 5.3 crores) in a new round of funding from undisclosed investors. Currently operational in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, the startup provides apps for Android and iOS which can be used to chat or have a video consultation with a doctor, or even book an appointment.

Wealthy
Bengaluru-based Buildwealth Technologies has reportedly raised $250,000 (roughly Rs. 1.65 crores) in angel funding from a group of angel investors. The robo advisor’s investment algorithm in mutual funds is based on a process called Capital Asset Pricing Model, proposed by Nobel Prize-winning economists.

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