We’re the Hello PLATOTM Team and we’d like to introduce ourselves, our mission, and our solution to a very, very big problem.
Did you know that over 1 billion kids don’t have internet access at home? That’s 2/3 of ALL KIDS in the world, including 1/3 of American kids.
Unfortunately, current online learning solutions don’t work without the internet, a fact made painfully clear this past year as images of kids completing homework in the Taco Bell parking lot went viral. But kids all across America were doing things like that before the pandemic! This problem doesn’t disappear for them when schools re-open, because they’re still in the dark when they go home. And as you’d expect, research shows that these kids are being left behind. With no access to online learning, no digital data to help teachers personalize their learning, they’re literally learning in the dark ages compared with more connected peers. And that is only accelerating.
We believe that kids and families can’t wait 10 years for governments to build infrastructure. We believe technology needs to reach kids today with the tools they already have – basic phones and mobile data plans.
That’s why we built Hello PLATOTM, a learning platform based on WhatsApp where teachers can easily create lessons and quizzes that are delivered to students INSIDE of WhatsApp, guided by our conversational AI bot, PLATO. PLATO then tracks progress and shares personalization insights with teachers, students, and parents.
By leveraging the messaging environment for learning, Hello PLATOTM extends online learning to kids with no internet, so long as they have access to a cell phone with mobile data in the household.
What’s even more exciting, these quick check-ins provide teachers with an easy, quick way to track student progress, with AI to help personalize the student learning journey.
The Good News
Our early users love us! After just a few months of beta testing in the U.S. and India, we’ve lined up 45k students to pilot our MVP product, with more than 1M in our customer pipeline. This is a simple solution to a venture-scale problem.
We want YOU to help us to make Hello PLATOTM great for you and your students. We’ve crafted an easy 3-step pilot process and we’re offering an Amazon gift card as a small “Thank you” to those who take the time to complete it.
We’re raising funds to fuel our mission. Investors focused on early-stage companies, education, SaaS, impact, diverse founders, or global growth have the potential to be a fit. We invite you to learn more about us.
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