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UpGrad is an online education startup that produces industry-relevant learning programs. UpGrad offers skills in digital marketing, data analytics, and product management. Its classes reach people in more than 100 cities and towns in India, including places where quality education is unavailable or unaffordable. Its free Entrepreneurship Program, begun in 2016 in partnership with the Indian government, has trained 500 people and helped launch 250 startups, which in turn created 400 jobs in fields like e-commerce, healthcare, event management, and professional services. The four-week program (available in both Hindi and English) encompasses idea validation, product launch, scaling up, and networking with potential partners. UpGrad signed a deal in mid-2016 to train 10,000 people over the next four years in data analytics to help address the India’s shortage of professionals in that field.

2017: India
headquarters: Mumbai, India