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Fact Sheet

India currently has 600 million youth below 25 years of age of which 320 million are in schools and colleges. Less than 25% are employable! Moreover, India expects 500 million new job seekers between 2007 and 2022. The youngest nation on the planet, plagued with a severe jobtalent mismatch,needsAspire. Aspire, incorporated in July 2007, is Indias leading Education Services firm delivering in-campus education that enhances employability. With over 33, 555 students enrolled across 44 campuses in 12 Indian states, Aspires mission is to be the #1 Global Talent Development Brand by 2020 amongst Educators, Employers and Employees. AspireTM is an industry-promoted social enterprise offering Embedded Education for schools, colleges and universities to Enhance Employability and Life Skills. All Aspire products have Global Certifications: ProHireTM and EnglishProTM with University of Cambridge (ESOL Examinations); ITProTM and RoboticProTM with iCarnegie (subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University); and, MBAProTM with content from Harvard Business Publishing (subsidiary of Harvard University). Our products are enabled by an Employability Education Management System (EEMSTM) which includes online learning management, elearning and assessments (e.g., NESTTM). Declared "Education Czar" by Mint (2008), adjudged finalist of the John P. McNulty prize (2010), and profiled as Whos Next by Fast Company (USA, 2011), Aspire enables Educators, Employers and Employees to Grow More.

Board of Directors
Amit Bhatia, Founder and CEO of Aspire, has over 20 years of management experience. Till recently, Amit served as CEO of WNS Knowledge Services. Prior toWNS,Amit was Country Manager, for Free Markets Inc; Founder and Leader of McKinsey Knowledge Center; and, FinancialAnalyst atAmerican Express. Ashu Garg, Venture Partner, Foundation Capital, Ashu has a rich and varied experience from product conceptualization to customer acquisition. He is on the Board of Directors of TreeHouse, TubeMogul, Conviva, Agni Property. Ashu, alumni of IIT and IIM has worked at Microsoft and McKinsey in India/USA Karandeep Singh, Co-Founder of Aspire, has more than 17 years of financial planning and control experience across India, the Middle East; and Asia Pacific. Prior to his current role as Managing Director at Sapient, Karandeep worked in Dell, Moser Baer, Ariba and Yum Restaurants. Neeraj Bhargava, Founder of Steer Capital; brings 20 years of management experience as Former Co-Founder & Group CEO WNS; Founder and CEO-eVentures; and, Partner; McKinsey & Co; where he worked in the New York, London and Mumbai offices. He received a Master of Business Administration from Stern School of Business, New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Stephens College,Delhi University

About Aspire

Our Partners
iCarnegie is a subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU,) one of the top ranked universities in the world. iCarnegie has become a world leader in offering educational strategy to governments, businesses and universities, with significant impact in over 20 countries of the world, including China, India and Russia. Harvard Business Publishing is a not-for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University,and is comprised of three market groups: Higher Education, Corporate Learning and Harvard Business Review Group.Its mission is to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world. Cambridge ESOL is our assessment partner for ProHire Classic and ProHire Express.Aspire is authorized BULATS agent in India.Cambridge ESOL exams are provided by University of Cambridge ESOL examination. Cambridge ESOL is a part of the University of Cambridge. It exists to provide language learners and teachers in a wide variety of situations with access to a high quality international exams,tests and teachers' awards.

Our Advisors and Angel Investors

Karti Chidambaram, Politician, Chennai Gregg Cooper, Bank Of America, Pittsburgh Sumer Datta, Founder, Aamoksh Leisure Living Rajeev Grover, Head, Global Operations & Shared Services, Mercer, Gurgaon Sonny Iqbal, Partner, Egon Zehnder, Gurgaon Prashant Khemka, MD, Goldman Sachs, Mumbai KK, Bollywood Playback Singer, Mumbai Sandeep Kohli, Ex-CEO,Yum, Delhi Raj Lakhanpal, MD, Princeton Partners, New Jersey Jesse Lentchner, CEO Asia Pacific, BTIG, Hong Kong Limited D K Malik, CEO, DKM Online, Delhi Glen Meakem, Ex-Chairman & Founder, FreeMarkets, Pittsburgh Vinay Mittal, EXL, Noida Arpito Mukerji, Director, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Delhi Sandeep H. Patel, MD, Barclays Capital, New York R K Rangan, President & CEO, Nomura Services, Mumbai Sanjeev Sardana, CEO, BluePointe Capital Management, LLC Amarjeet Singh, Partner, KPMG, London Avinash Singh, Former COO, BirlaSoft, New Jersey Harmit Singh, CFO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation Samit Sinha, Managing Partner,Alchemist Brand Consulting Shivinder Mohan Singh, MD, Fortis Healthcare, Delhi

Growth Since Inception

Customers - Education Institutions
50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 44 200% 40000 35000 30000 25000 20000 15000 10000 5000 0

Student Enrolments
33555 165%




2800 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11




The Hallmark in Embedded Employability Education

"Great Success comes with a great mentor."

Products & Services

ProHire ProHireTM,Aspire's flagship product, uses a proprietary KnowledgeSkills-Attitude framework to provide 160 hours of comprehensive TM employability training.Available in two editions ProHire , TM TM ProHire Classic (UG/PG) & ProHire Express (UG/PG) the product enhances employability and life skills in school and college. ITProTM is an 8-course 8-semester Computer Science program for B.Tech, M.Tech, BCA and MCA, delivered over 4 years, with access to bestin-class iCarnegie content and delivery methodology; students receive world-class industry-centric and employabilityenhancing technology education.

Aspire is doing a wonderful job of supporting students in schools and colleges by improving their employability skills, building their confidence and creating talented professionals.

Saina Nehwal Badminton Player Brand Ambassador, Aspire

Khel Ratan, Padam Shree & Arjun Award Winner


is a 160-hour 4-Course, 4-Case Workshop, 4-semester program delivered over 2 years, using Harvard Business Publishings content as the foundation, putting management theory into practice through powerful case method pedagogy and case studies used at Harvard Business School and Harvard Business Publishings eLearning course collection.Aspire also offers Summer Internships to apply case learnings under Aspire supervision.


iCarnegie's innovative 6-year 12-course program for Classes 5 to 10, where children use Robotic to learn and practice concepts of Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; courses have been developed by The Robotics Institute at The Carnegie Mellon University.


Targeted at the youth who wish to enter the Vocational employment space and want to start working at an earlier age. TM VETPro for Class X and XII pass-outs are short term courses ranging from 3-12 months, delivered in Colleges, Schools,Vocational Institutes and Polytechnics.

NEST Employability skills assessment software and service for schools, colleges and entry-level / early-tenured employees. (for corportions)