Space read-alongs aren’t far away if you ask us
From brilliant actors into the classroom to rip things out of the room, the second day of Y Combinator’s S21 demo day was a new snapshot of what almost 200 startup teams think of the future of innovation.
Yesterday the Biomedarticles team covered the first half of this batch as well as the startups with one-minute pitches that caught our eye. We even podcast about it! Today we’re going to do everything all over again. Here is our full list of all the startups featured on the record today, and below you will find our votes for the best Y Combinator pitches of the second day. The ones who made us, as people scouring a few hundred pitches every day, “oh wait, what’s that?”
My experience with Indian culture is that it has long put math and science above all other subjects, which is why Spark Studio’s turn to online enrichment was refreshing. The company YC offers extracurricular live learning courses for children in Indian households – with a twist: the courses are about music, art and communication. As the success of Outschool shows, small group classes for school children can be a scalable way to complement traditional education. Spark Studio sells to kids ages 5-15 who are very impressive, exploratory years.
When I was growing up, I was the only child in my mostly Indian group of friends who wasn’t interested in STEM. There were no other services other than the local library that could satisfy my interest in writing and reading. A service like Spark, if it wins the trust of parents, has the potential to make currently unconventional interests more conventional. And, with over 400 students and less than 2% churn, Spark Studio has first clues that it could be something. – Natasha
The best books don’t feel like homework, but like trips to another universe and hangouts with characters who could be friends. Litnerd seeks to give millions of students the feeling of immersive, engaging text while promoting better reading, writing skills and habits. The startup has works that are read and staged by actors, which makes reading in the classroom a more fun experience for school-aged children.