“Over the last few months, we heard from students and parents on the need to have local support on student engagement, in addition to world-class counsellors and high-quality online help with test preparation. We are excited to be partnering with companies that, like us, put customer experience first and have proven results, provide solutions that meet customer needs and deliver end-to-end value,” said Stoodnt co-founder Yuri Punj.
INME, based in Gurgaon, India, is a premier provider of expedition-based programmes, experiential learning and career guidance for thousands of students each year. INME has partnerships with premier schools across India and was recognised by Conde Nast as one of the world’s leading adventure programmes for kids this summer.
The partnership enables Stoodnt to offer its services, platform and content to INME school partners and directly to students who have been INME customers. INME and Stoodnt will work closely on go-to-market, sales efforts and product development to deliver the best value proposition and customer experience for career guidance, study abroad guidance and college admissions.
“Stoodnt offers kids at INME the perfect personalised support they need to bring out their best. With the combined expertise of leading college counsellors and our support to students to discover their best through adventure and self-discovery, we see this partnership creating an exciting vehicle for young people to move closer to their dreams,” said Richa Saklani, INME director.
Through its partnership with Method Test Prep, a world-renowned SAT/ACT preparation platform, Stoodnt will offer a SAT and ACT preparation package as part of its career and college counselling services. Method Test Prep, based in Minneola, NY, is a premier SAT/ACT/PSAT test provider that helps students achieve better scores through a robust learning methodology.
“We are very excited about our partnership with Stoodnt,” said Method Test Prep founder and President Tom Ehlers. “The missions of Stoodnt and Method Test Prep are very much aligned: students everywhere deserve access to high-quality career and college counselling, and a high-quality ACT and SAT preparation tool. Our partnership with Stoodnt will allow us to reach students who otherwise would not have had access to quality ACT and SAT prep.”
Launched in 2016 by Harvard Business School Alumni, Ajay Singh and Yuri Punj, and software entrepreneur Sena Palanisami, Stoodnt recently started operations in India, its first international market. The company appointed Ramdas Sunder, another alumnus of Harvard Business School, as managing director of India and South Asia.
The company has raised seed investment from a number of angel investors and senior executives with Fortune 500 companies in India and the US.
Stoodnt has already engaged thousands of students from 50 or more countries, and is providing counselling and guidance to students aspiring for undergraduate, graduate and MBA admissions in the US and Canada. It plans to launch counselling services for the UK, Australia and other markets soon.
INME runs world-class outdoor adventure and challenge-based experiences for 9- to 18-year-olds conducted in the wilderness. An engaging mix of fun and learning, INME programmes are designed and led by outdoor experts and behavioural science practitioners. They use the power of the experiential method where participants pick up life skills, gain confidence, become independent, learn to work with others and have opportunities to dig deeper into their potential.
INME is founded by people with diverse backgrounds ranging from outdoor and adventure, behavioural sciences, the armed forces to theatre and arts, education and entrepreneurship. The core team members are alumni of XLRI, INSEAD, IIMs and the armed forces. They use their interest, background and behavioural science expertise to design learning experiences using adventure and challenge.
INME works closely with schools conducting graded curriculum-based programmes, adventure based life-skills workshops and teacher empowerment programmes. Schools that know INME’s work include The Doon School, Inventure Academy, Vasant Valley, Sanskriti, Assam Valley, Hill Spring International, VDJS Hissar, Sharda Mandir - Goa, Hope Town, Lawrence Sanawar and DPS Kuwait.
INME’s career guidance programme uses self-discovery and career exploration tools to work with students to choose subject areas, courses and plan career paths. Led by Richa Saklani, the programme has benefitted more than 8,000 students over the last 10 years.
Method Test Prep
Method Test Prep, Inc (MTP) is a New York-based education company that offers a range of products and services to school districts and individual families. Method Test Prep operates www.methodtestprep.com, which offers industry-leading online programmes for ACT preparation and SAT preparation programmes. The company was founded by Princeton graduates and has more than 15 years of extensive experience in SAT and ACT preparation for students all over the world.