[Funding] EdTech Filo Raises $260K Pre-seed Round from Better Capital

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Instant tutor app Filo has raised $260K as part of its pre-seed investment round from Better Capital. The app majorly focuses on organic adoption by thousands of students. It is also purely driven by word of mouth. School friends Imbesat Ahmad and Shadman Anwer founded Filo, to democratize access to the best teachers. Currently, on Filo, students can access a tutor on-demand within just 60 seconds for a one-to-one video call.


About Filo

“True learning happens during self-study for most students. But, if they get stuck with a concept or a problem, it kills time. It disrupts the day's schedule, creates a backlog and leads to anxiety as the student falls behind her class. In such a situation, all they need is a small high-quality intervention from a teacher who they can reach on-demand to clarify the concept. In no time, the student is back on track. This problem affects 200 million+ students every year”, says Imbesat Ahmad, Co-founder & CEO of Filo.

Imbesat and Shadman's own journey through education has deeply influenced the app's simplicity and mindful approach. Imbesat had his eyes set on IIT. But, to get into an IIT, he had to secure a seat in Super30. This timely intervention helped him secure admission to IIT Kharagpur. This significance has inspired his journey through the country to solve FILO.

“On our platform, students can learn - what they want to learn, when they want, how to want and from whom they want. We are not bulldozing them with a new set of thousands of GB of data of text or video materials. We only give them space to just overcome their hurdles at the earliest possible”, says Shadman Anwer, Co-founder & CTO of Filo.

“Filo is one of the most impactful education apps. It democratizes affordable access to a good teacher for everyone from urban well-to-do students to poor students in remote parts of India. Further, it was the missing piece in India’s education puzzle - evident from its massive adoption,” said Vaibhav Domkundwar of Better Capital, an early investor in multiple innovative edtech companies including Skill Lync, Teachmint, Virohan, Stoa School & others.