Education Startups

Education Startups

Workshop Resources

If you attended an Ilm Ideas 2 workshop for startups, here are some of the resources that were used:

Ilm Ideas Design Workshop - Workbook

This workbook is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs looking to introduce innovation in education to benefit Pakistan’s Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) segment.

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Ilm Ideas Workshop – Education Challenges in Pakistan

A comprehensive overview of the education landscape in Pakistan and associated challenges.

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Self-assessment workbook

This workbook provides a tool for self-assessment of different stages of the startup.

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Market Research for Education Innovation Startups

This resources provides guidance about why market research is important and necessary for startups, as well as when and how to conduct it.

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An Introduction to Market Research Recommended for Education Startups

This guide provides useful information, and outlines for developing a market research plan and a market research report.

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Product Testing Workshop for Innovation Startups

The resource provides guidelines on when, where and how to test your product/service.

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Problem Briefs

Find out more about the education issues in Pakistan.


Plan and grow your venture with these toolkits for startups and scale-ups.

Other useful resources

Data on education and demographics in Pakistan

Pakistan Data Portal

Bringing Education Data in One Place.

The Annual Assessment of Education Report (ASER)

Pakistan’s largest citizen-led, household-based initiative that aims to provide reliable estimates on the schooling status of children aged 3-16 years.

Alif Ailaan

A DFID-funded education advocacy programme.

Provincial Education Department Websites

Elementary and Secondary Education Department

Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

School Education and Literacy Department

Government of Sindh

Punjab Education Sector Reform Programme, Dept of School Education

Government of Punjab

Education Dept

Government of Baluchistan


Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir

National Bureau of Statistics

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Information about education innovations in Pakistan and elsewhere

Center for Education Innovations (CEI)

CEI seeks to fill the gaps in global understanding about innovative education programs striving to increase access to quality education for students in low income communities.

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action.

Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children - South Asia Regional Study (UNESCO)

Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All (UNICEF)

Education Startups in Emerging Markets

Database of Output-Based Aid Education Projects (R4D)

Market Research and Business Development

Business plans

Download simple templates from the Prince’s Trust that might help you prepare your business plan.

Business Development Toolkit

Dimagi’s business development toolkit will help your organization quickly build a business development pipeline.

Ed-Tech Handbook

Review the ed-tech handbook by Jessie Arora on how to build an edtech startup.

Other useful links

How to Design for the Poorest Markets

If designing a branding and marketing strategy and a last mile supply chain that will put a product in the hands of a million or more customers is three quarters of the design challenge, you will want to read these eight steps to make it happen.

Business Planning Guide for Social Enterprises

This is a step-by-step guide to thinking about, researching, planning for, starting and then growing a social enterprise.

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TED talks

Education innovation in the slums

by Charles Leadbeater

Bring on the learning revolution

by Sir Ken Robinson