Filo Co-founder and CEO Imbesat Ahmad

Story of Filo – Educational Freedom for Students

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Imagine this scenario. You sit with your study material, and you feel like you are really into learning that concept. How would you feel when you get stuck at some point, and you are unable to move beyond it even after spending considerable time? The frustration that arises will linger with you enough to disrupt your whole day’s mood. Then you would start to feel, “Seems like I will have to let it go,” while all you would have needed is just a small clarification from a tutor. Coaching has also become a costly affair and is beyond the reach of many students in India, so they often tend to carry uncleared concepts resulting in their poor performance. How wonderful would it be if these students had access to a free resource for clarifying their doubts!

Filo is an instant tutor app, built exclusively for educational freedom for students. The startup was founded by school friends Imbesat Ahmad and Shadman Anwer in October 2020. Using the Filo app, student can access a tutor on-demand within just 60 seconds for a one-to-one video call.

In spite of the new crop of education-focused companies, millions of students in India suffer from a lack of affordable support for their education. This, the founders say, has been the central idea of Filo, an app that gives students instant access to tutors who speak in their mother tongue.

“True learning happens during self-study for most students and if they get stuck with a concept or a problem, it kills time, disrupts the day’s schedule, creates a backlog and leads to anxiety as the student falls behind her class. In such a situation, all that is needed is a small high-quality intervention from a teacher who can be reached on demand to clarify the concept and the student is back on track. This problem affects 200 million+ students every year.”

– Imbesat Ahmad, Co-founder and CEO

“We are not bulldozing students with thousands of GB of data of text or video materials but giving them a space to just overcome their hurdles at the earliest possible.”

– Shadman Anwer, Co-founder and CTO

Filo has collaborated with India’s top teachers and tutors who are qualified experts from elite colleges like IIT, NIT, IIIT, DTU, DU, AIIMS and many other Government engineering / medical colleges.

Filo is celebrated by the Ministry of Education, Government of India as a step towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.

Here is why Filo is a useful application for any student:

  • Free on-demand tutoring app
  • If you are studying in class 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, or preparing for exams like IIT-JEE 2021, NEET 2021, NTSE, Olympiads, then Filo is the app for you.
  • Connect to a tutor in 60 seconds. Just take a picture of the question you have a doubt in or type the question and you will get connected to a tutor in just 60 seconds through a call.
  • Get the entire explanation with solution.
  • Students can talk to experts over a video / audio call one to one.
  • You can understand each and every step on the call and ask questions till the concept is clear.
  • Improve your rank in IIT-JEE or NEET 2021 through Filo
  • Learn 24*7 through Filo
  • An app to talk & discuss with IITians
  • Get solution of NTA questions
  • Ask questions of NTA IIT-JEE & NTA, NEET
  • Get help in Boards, Olympiad & KVPY exam

Filo helps you with learning subject basics in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, English, Mental Ability from classes 9th-12th. You can use also Filo to crack IIT-JEE/NEET and score high in Boards by clearing your doubts in JEE Physics, JEE Maths, JEE Chemistry, NEET Biology, NEET Physics and NEET Chemistry.

Even if you are in any remote place of India and do not have good tutors around you, Filo is there to help you out. If you are in the Middle East and preparing for IIT-JEE or NEET, Filo will take care of your preparation.

In the past six months, 35,000+ students have clocked 4 million+ minutes of live classes using the Filo app – and they have gained clarifications for critical questions from tutors within minutes of experiencing the need.

Filo has recently raised $260,000 as part of its pre-seed investment round from Better Capital. The startup plans to utilize the funding to scale its service to millions of students and significantly grow its tutor base.

According to IBEF, India had 37.4 million students enrolled in higher education in FY19. Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education reached 26.3% in FY19. The country has become the second largest market for E-learning after the US. Filo is truly democratizing affordable access to a good teacher for students from several parts of the country, and this number is to grow exponentially in the years to come.

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