The edtech platform, Toprankers announced that it has acquired the Delhi-based career platform ProBano on Monday.
ProBano is a career guidance platform for high school students aged 13-18 in India. It facilitates students to make informed career choices and develop the necessary skills to achieve their career goals. ProBano claims to have a proven track record of delivering valuable guidance and counselling to over 30,000 students across 24 states.
The acquisition comes as a strategic move for Toprankers which aims to establish itself as the leading edtech platform in India. With the inclusion of ProBano's expertise in career guidance and counselling, Toprankers is designing a career discovery and experience platform that will enable high school students to explore their passions and offer skill-building opportunities across diverse career domains.
Leveraging such comprehensive and avant-garde solutions, Toprankers is committed to addressing the underlying problems of unemployment and job dissatisfaction in the country, the company highlighted.
''Toprankers is committed to supporting the 90 per cent segment of the Indian K-12 market which doesn't opt for engineering or medical science entrance exams. We have a legacy of enabling students to make informed career choices for a bright future. Leveraging ProBano's expertise in career guidance and counselling, we will help the next 10 lakh to 1 crore high school students explore different career options, discover their passion and pursue it," said Gaurav Goel, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of Toprankers.
Following this, Toprankers will be integrating ProBano's CEO (chief executive officer) Aditya Bose and his team of career guides and project managers into its existing team. Also, Toprankers will be harnessing ProBano's expertise in implementing career discovery and experience programs with high school students associated with NGOs, CSR Initiatives and affordable private schools.
"Joining forces with Toprankers enables us to do it at a large scale by leveraging its strong student network, its expertise in EdTech, and its range of offerings for students who have chosen a specific career option. We are excited to collaborate with a team of like-minded entrepreneurs passionate about bringing a positive transformation to our education system,” observed Aditya Bose, product owner - career discovery and experience at Toprankers.
“Great to see Toprankers move into the next phase of growth with the acquisition of Probano. This will enable Toprankers to become a full-stack career platform - helping students not only with test preparation but also solving for career discovery, which though critical, is sometimes the most confusing for young students. The synergies between Toprankers and Probano will create a unique ecosystem that provides a comprehensive solution for the educational needs of today's students,” said Nikhil Vora, founder and managing director of Sixth Sense.
In line with its objective to deliver round-the-clock support to students, Toprankers has also unveiled its career discovery brand Toprankers Udaan. The platform aims to deliver extensive career guidance to class tenth, eleventh and twelfth and dropper students who were struggling with career-related uncertainties.