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Thursday, March 19, 2015

SkillLane Brings eLearning to Thailand

EdTech start-up SkillLane is bringing eLearning to Thailand. The self-paced, online-based company is helping Thais improve their personal and professional skills.

Photo: ThaiVisa News

Entrepreneurs Ekachat Assavarujikul and Titipong Pisitwuttinan are the masterminds behind the eLearning company. The two started building their EdTech company while earning their MBAs at Kellogg School of Management in the United States. 

The two realized that online learning platforms were plentiful in the U.S., but few resources were available in Thailand, their home country.

Pisitwuttinan says that while there are opportunities for Thais to learn and improve themselves, many Thai citizens don’t know English very well. With many online learning platforms geared towards English-speaking users, this presents a challenge for Thais.

SkillLane solves this problem by offering self-paced online courses geared towards Thai people. Pisitwuttinan says that 90% of people want to improve their professional skills and earn more income, but lack the time to learn. After working a full-time job, people are just too tired to take night classes. Weekends are reserved for time with family and friends. In a country like Thailand, where work-life balance is a top priority, SkillLane allows users to learn at their own pace and in bite-sized pieces. It’s a solution that allows people to easily juggle a full-time job, family obligations, and a social life without having to sacrifice learning.

Since its launch in July 2014, SkillLane has attracted 18,000 students and 70 instructors in Thailand alone. Using a revenue-sharing model, courses range from THB$1,000 to THB$3,000. Although the online learning platform is still in its infancy, success stories are already coming through. One student earned a promotion after learning new Excel skills. Another student was inspired to launch their own startup.

SkillLane has plans to expand further into other Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia, in the near future. The company recently raised an undisclosed amount of money in a post-seed round.

Source: ThaiVisa News