Octava Social Innovation Challenge

The education technology sector is fast growing in Southeast Asia, with diverse learner-centric platforms trying to bring learning closer to the learners by breaking down barriers to access to infrastructure like schools and transport. New digital tools such as eBooks, web-based quizzes, testing content, streaming media, online tutorials and more are all trying to provide quality learning content in places that were once inaccessible.


The pandemic has accelerated this by pushing everyone to adopt and adapt technology to enable teaching and learning. However, these EdTech advances are not benefiting all school aged learners in an equitable way.


A recent assessment of Covid 19 Impact by ASEAN secretariat found that ‘Schools were largely unprepared for remote teaching and learning. The infrastructure was not in place, device access not universal, and many education institutions and households struggled to cope with the demands and skills required to implement online and home-based learning. School closures threatened to exacerbate existing inequalities between those who have access to internet and digital devices and those who do not’ (Source: ASEAN Rapid Assessment – The Impact of COVID-19 on Livelihoods across ASEAN, November 2020).


It is important that the Edtech sector continues to innovate in addressing challenges such as content quality and relevance on the one hand, and access to technology and learning science on the other hand.


We are excited to be partnering with MIT Solve to develop a platform to select and support innovative solutions, that are harnessing technology to solve for the equitable quality education in select Southeast Asian countries. The winning solutions will be supported through a grant award and capacity building program to unlock their growth and scale potential.

The Challenge is scheduled to be launched in July 2021.


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Implementing Partner

MIT Solve

MIT Solve


Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a mission to solve world challenges. Solve is a marketplace for social impact innovation. Through open innovation Challenges, Solve finds incredible tech-based social entrepreneurs all around the world. Solve then brings together MIT’s innovation ecosystem and a community of Members to fund and support these entrepreneurs to help them drive lasting, transformational impact.


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Knowledge Advisor

Sandeep Aneja

Sandeep Aneja
Founder & Managing Partner,

Country: Singapore

Sandeep founded Kaizenvest, an education focused asset management firm headquartered in Singapore with offices in Mumbai and Johannesburg. Kaizenvest, starting with a private equity fund in India in 2010, has become the leading private equity and private debt investor in the future of learning and future of work domains in emerging Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.


Prior to founding Kaizenvest, Sandeep was a venture capital investor in Silicon Valley at Outlook Ventures where he led and supported numerous technology and consumer services investments. He has also held operations and consulting roles in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., areas.


Sandeep’s passion is to work closely with entrepreneurs who have a deep sense of purpose and a plan for identifying and solving difficult societal problems through differentiated and sustainable companies. He sits on the boards of companies across the Philippines, Vietnam and India and is a frequent speaker on emerging investment and impact trends globally.


He has an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.