Pakistani ed-tech startup, Dot and Line, run by the dynamic Lina Ahmed and Maheen Adamjee, is a powerful after-school mathematics program in Karachi and now in Lahore.
In a recent announcement, venture capitalist Sarmayacar has shared their investment into the startup; a six figure dollar funding in its seed round. The learning program has been built by Math subject specialists from leading universities, experienced teachers from top schools, PhDs and educationalists.
This after-school program is taught through a home-based network of highly trained and certified teachers spread across Karachi and Lahore. With the use of cutting-edge technology, and a transparent method, the progress and performance of each child is monitored. Currently, the group runs 50 active centres, having impacted hundreds of children, and claiming a 40% improvement in grades within 4 months of the program.
Co-Founder Lina Ahmed says
“We believe children have immense potential, the next world renowned scientist, engineer, inventor and leader is amongst us and our mission is to equip them with quality learning experiences to unleash that talent nationwide. With our Math program showing strong results, we are now excited to launch English.”
Sarmayacar has made its name as one of the most notable venture capitalists in the country. Dr. Bernhard Klemen, Partner at Sarmayacar, former VP at JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, and a successful serial entrepreneur will join the board of Dot and Line.
Speaking about the partnership, Dr. Bernhard says,
“Dot & Line offers a high-quality curriculum in the attractive and sizeable education space; we at Sarmayacar are convinced that the team headed by two exceptional female founders and supported by us will scale across Pakistan for supporting and fostering the young talent of the country”.
The investment round also includes Silicon Valley based private investor and technology industry veteran Hasan Rizvi, former Executive Vice President of Oracle in California.
Dot & Line will use the funding to add English literacy to their product offering, achieve further excellence in product development and target significant growth within Karachi and Lahore.
Maheen Adamjee, Co-Founder of Dot and Line adds,
“We aim to bridge the gap in quality education across the country because we believe every child can achieve their maximum potential given the right resources and teacher. Dot and Line will change the future of an entire generation. ”
The Math program is built for grades 2 through to 7, whereas the English program launching in August 2019 targets 4 to 10 year olds and ensures strong reading fluency, comprehension, writing and vocabulary development. Classes are held in small batches at a certified Dot and Line teacher’s home and also covers exam prep and homework help, making it a one stop holistic solution for each child with a direct positive impact on school grades.