Delhi-based tutor enablement platform, XPrep has been selected for Facebook’s developer-focused program FbStart which caters to the early-stage, mobile-focused startups.
Under the accelerator programme, the startup will receive $40,000 worth of credits and services from Facebook and its partners like AWS, Dropbox, Adobe and MailChimp. It has also earned access to an exclusive community of developers and mentorship from the Menlo Park-headquartered team of FB engineers.
The startup will use the funds for its marketing and team building activities.
The startup was launched in 2015 by IIT Roorkee alumnus Mukul Rustagi and NSIT alumnus Bhaswat Agarwal. It aims to serve as a platform to fill the gap within the tutor-parent community. It enables parents to monitor their child’s progress during the course of tuition while helping tutors serve their batches efficiently and scale their business.
XPrep equips its tutors with a mobile app to assist them in conducting their classroom and communicating with the parents in a transparent manner. The mobile app lets tutors perform daily tasks like sending out announcements, conducting their quizzes and notifying their classes using the app’s automation techniques.
“There lies a huge opportunity in supplementing the assistance based offline education system using online technologies. We have to provide the kids with the best of both worlds. Paying customers are a testimony to our product and we aim to build better going ahead. FBStart is going to help us achieve this goal faster,” said Mukul.
Bikash further added, “We are very excited to be a part of FbStart program. Receiving mentorship from FB Engineers and benefits for product development will be a huge help in terms of scale, growth and engagement for XPrep .”
Since inception, the startup has acquired a base of 100+ tutors and 6,000+ students across Delhi NCR and plans to expand to other cities soon. It was also one of the finalists of this year’s Unitus Seed Fund and Sylvant Advisors’ StartEdu programme.
Facebook launched FbStart in 2014 with an aim to help early-stage mobile startups build and grow their apps. It provides an exclusive community, worldwide events, and mentorship from Facebook to the startups along with $80K in free tools and services.
FbStart includes three tracks, viz., Pre-launch (up to $15K benefits), Bootstrap (up to $30K benefits), and Accelerate (up to $80K benefits). The programme provides free access to more than 25 services including open source tools like React Native, FB Login and Account Kit and App Analytics.
India is the largest market for FbStart outside the US. According to the product partnerships team at Facebook, over 75% of top-grossing apps in India get integrated with Facebook.
Other startups accepted to FBStart programme this year include Video Vibe, FoodCloud, Healofy, AsepsisLife, Partiko, Flicksup and CoutLoot.