Over 90% of engineers land in the market are not job-ready. The unavailability of the contenders with basic proficiency has been lasting grief of tech startups. A pain point that Prateek Shukla, Nrupul Dev, and Yogesh Bhat intend to solve with Masai School, a coding centre that proposes learning programmes to create skilled experts. The startup focuses on uplifting students from a non-engineering environment, rural areas to begin their profession in the IT and tech industry.
Introduction: Masai School
The trio met in March 2019, and after spending a couple of months of brainstorming, initiated coding centre Masai School in June 2019. Masai School professes to train tech candidates in full-stack web and android application development, and also help them get placed. Open to anybody seeking training in coding, learners are enrolled for free at Masai School and are allowed to pay the course fee at a later date, post bagging a suitable job. Masai School’s hiring partners include Samsung, Sharechat, UrbanClap, Instamojo, Propelld, Vyapar, RevvSales, Lendingkart, Nobroker, Smallcase and Paytm Money. Masai School aims to fill India’s s coding-specific skill gap.
How Does it Work?
Masai is a military-style coding school which delivers a 24-week intensive full-stack web development program – that encompasses a front end, backend and database engineering courses. The training model is allocated into 100 hours each of coding, soft skills, math learning and data structures. It does not compel an engineering degree as eligibility criteria, nor the candidates are asked to pay upfront fees for the course. It governs between 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week, out of its centres in Bengaluru and Patna. The mode of instruction is at the physical centres via Zoom, Slack, Github and Daily Scrum; Masai School doesn’t offer any online courses.
Unique Admission Model
The school administers based on Income Share Agreement (ISA) where students don’t need to pay a tuition fee. All candidates go through a pre-enrollment course for two weeks, before they are selected for the main course. The interval of the main course is 20 weeks, and it is formulated to train learners and get them skilled and job-ready.
Following a unique admission model, the company focuses on non-engineering, particularly Tier II and Tier III students, who are financially disadvantaged and deliver them a chance to learn and get placed in a software company. In other words, the Masai School incorporates the Income Sharing Agreement with the students, where it allows them to pay the course fee after they get a high paying, relevant job.
“Our initial student base, largely from non-engineering backgrounds and small towns with limited financial backgrounds, have taken up the challenge of learning to code and finding a career path for themselves,” said Prateek Shukla, co-founder of Masai School.
If a candidate opts out of the ISA model, he/ She can pay an upfront amount of Rs 2 lakh and enroll for the course.
Seed Funding and the Future
Software coding platform Masai School has raised $2.5 million (Rs 18.6 crore) in its pre-Series A round of funding led by Unitus Venture. AngelList India and existing investor India Quotient also partook in this round, the company said in a statement. The company intends to use the capital to hire industry experts, strengthen offerings and build new disciplines including UX, product management and data science. The startup concentrates on upskilling students from a non-engineering background, rural areas to begin their career in the IT and tech industry. The founders are looking to expand further in faculty strength and open more branches soon.