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Startup Street: Sweetish House Mafia's fundraising, Josh Talks' e-learning foray in focus

Updated : February 26, 2020 08:13 PM IST

Everyone should learn coding irrespective of whether they are studying computer science, history or literature. It is a core skill -- that's the word coming in from Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft. Speaking at the Young Innovators Summit in Delhi today, Nadella spoke about how technology will play an important role in transforming the education ecosystem.

The event brought together over 250 students and educators in Delhi. Young minds showcased their technology-powered ideas and apps designed to address pressing issues like health, pollution and organ donation. Namya Joshi, 13, has impressed the Microsoft CEO with her ed-tech idea. The Ludhiana-based girl has been helping teachers of her school convert regular lessons and textbooks into interactive ‘Minecraft’ sessions.

Josh Talks is a homegrown impact media platform that curates, activates and showcases human stories. Co-founded by Shobhit Banga and Supriya Paul in January 2015, Josh Talks has toured over 30 cities in India while showcasing over 1500 talks, both online and offline. The startup has raised Rs 10.7 crore in pre-series funding led by New York-based fund media development investment fund as it forays into the e-learning space in India. Shobhit Banga, Co-founder of Josh Talks, is in conversation with CNBC-TV18 about the deal.

Sweetish House Mafia, a homegrown cookie brand, has raised pre-series funds of Rs 12 crore from Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India. This is Poonawala's maiden investment in India's foodservice sector. To talk to about the fundraise and how Sweetish House Mafia plans to fulfil consumer cravings, co-founders, Aakash and Neha Sethi are in conversation with Shruti Mishra.

Over the past 18 years, CNBC-TV18 has been putting the spotlight on entrepreneurs who have been turning their innovative business ideas into reality. Today on Startup Street, we are taking this one step further with our brand new segment Elevator Pitch. We are kick-starting this initiative to provide entrepreneurs an opportunity to organise their thoughts and narrate their story. To make her elevator pitch is Deepshikha Kumar, founder of SpeakIn.
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