Storytelling school

[100 Emerging Women Leaders] Creative Galileo’s Prerna Jhunjhunwala on directing storytelling through her lear

Building a learning platform has been a passion for Prerna A Jhunjhunwala because she has seen with her own eyes how education can help people move forward in life.

“My father owned jute mills, and they were sick units at the time with the CPIM [Communist Party of India (Marxist)] in Bengal. We spent a lot of time in these security units. I was only 12 at the time and realized how education could be such a great equalizer to get ahead in life,” Prerna recalls.

Launched in July 2020, its e-learning application Creative Galileo has recorded over four million downloads and claims to have over five lakh monthly active users.

“Creative Galileo is India’s first character-driven early learning app for kids. It focuses on children aged 3-10 and takes kids on learning journeys by bringing together some of their favorite characters” , she says.

“We have great partners like Amar Chitra Katha – digitized versions of storybooks I read as a child – Shemaroo’s stories of Ganesha and Krishna, Periwinkle which has great e-learning content It’s a package that ensures the learning universe for kids is gamified,” adds Prerna.

His journey to launching the e-learning platform has been a long one. Prerna went to NYU Stern (School of Business) and eventually landed in Singapore where she opened her own preschool. “Over the next five years, we grew and had 600 to 700 kids in our school,” Prerna shares.

The entrepreneur then realized that she could only reach about 10,000 to 15,000 children through her physical environment. She, however, had dreamed of teaching millions. This pushed her to successfully exit kindergarten and start her own edtech journey.

Creative Galileo is not a platform focused on individual characters. it’s an amalgamation of characters like Singham to Shaktimaan. The app focuses on the six areas of child learning: numeracy, language, discovery of the world, gross motor skills, and social and emotional development.

“In the first six months we saw a million downloads and we hadn’t done any marketing. It was complete word of mouth popularity,” adds Prerna.

Raising capital is difficult for female founders.

Approximately 94% of funding goes to male founders and 6% to female founders. “So my simple math is to look at the numbers: you have to be 94% better than the male founders,” Prerna says.

As she made the transition from the physical world of business to the world of a technology-driven enterprise, her first question was whether she would be able to replicate the same kind of success in a male-dominated technological world. His advice to women is to stay there with the confidence that you’re there because you deserve to be there.

She says: “When you’re in a room full of men and you know that you’ve done everything to be in that room and you deserve to be in that room, that feeling of power and confidence can make all the difference. difference.”