Passionate about early childhood education
Our mission is to empower early schools with powerful tools that enable them to improve developmental outcomes for the children they work with while, educating parents about the importance of early education.
Our vision is to create a better life for teachers and involve parents in the growth and development of their child.
What we do
Many young parents drop their children off at preschool or child care programs on their way to work. The day is then filled with information – traffic reports, updates from friends, sports scores, news from around the world, stock portfolio performance, notice of a colleague’s promotion and a cousin’s birthday. Yet, with all this information, only one thing is constantly on their mind.
How is my child? Did she eat her lunch? Did she have her nap this afternoon? Did I leave enough diapers? Is she getting along with the other kids today? What mood will she be in when I pick her up? Is he still as upset as when I dropped him off? I wonder what he’s learning about today? Is he happy today?
We aim to develop a smart platform that enables daycares, preschools to improve and grow their childcare business with ease, bringing parents and childcares closer together and creating more time for the children.
What inspires us?
Illumine is based on extensive research and interviews with early childhood educators. We have learned a lot about early childhood education since we originally came together in 2017. However, the following learnings are what motivate and inspire us to always be better and do better:
- The formative years from age 0 to 5 are critical to a child’s life-long development and most people are unaware of this well-researched fact
- The resources invested in early childhood education do not align to the importance of a child’s development (see learning 1 above)
- The role of the early childhood educator is highly underappreciated (see learning 1 above) and extremely challenging (see learning 2 above)
We’ve done a lot of listening, a lot of observing. We’ve spent countless hours in early education providers of all shapes and sizes. We knew there had to be a better way. Illumine is focused on making life easier for administrators, teachers, and families – while fixing some of the systemic issues in early education. We’ve worked hard to ensure that Illumine is intuitive, easy, and fun to use. And we’re just getting started
Who are we
Illumine is made up of a group of committed fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, uncles and aunts who are working hard to build a product and a company that families and early childhood educators love. We meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability as part of a global movement of people using business as a force for good.
We are inspired by Gandhi's famous invocation that we must be the change that we seek in the world, and when we think about the world that we want today's youngest children to grow and thrive in, we want to do our part to make that world a better place.
About The Founders
Navneet Rastogi is an experienced technology leader with expertise in Digital Advertising, Big Data, and Large-scale distributed systems.
He has experience of more than nine years in managing engineering teams and products for data analytics-based solutions. One of the very early members of MIQ, he built multiple products for Advertising Campaigns, Big Data Analytics, and Machine Learning.With an in-depth understanding of several business domains and technology stacks helped him build a number of products from scratch by architecting with a hands-on approach.
One of the very early members of MIQ, he built multiple products for Advertising Campaigns, Big Data Analytics, and Machine Learning.With an in-depth understanding of several business domains and technology stacks helped him build a number of products from scratch by architecting with a hands-on approach.
His journey with Illumine started when he son started attending daycare. He realised that there is a need of a better software to connect with parents. He floated his idea to Priya Krishnan , Founder of Klay Schools (over 150 childcare centers across the world). They loved the initial idea and over the course of next 10 months , Illumine was shaped.
Sourabh Agarwal is a B. Tech in Computer Science from NIT Trichy and CFA(USA)
He brings in more than eight years of executive experience of leading teams and business development. Before the the inception of Illumine, he gained business knowledge by scaling his family aviation business across geographies. In the working span of seven years, he has formed engineering teams and built multiple high-performance systems.
He was with MIQ for a period of four years and has managed technology teams to develop highly scalable and distributed systems. He has won multiple hackathon competitions with his innovative ideasB. Tech in Computer Science from NIT Trichy and CFA(USA). H
He has over ten years of experience helping companies to improve their operations through technology and strives to do the same for childcare and early learning programs everywhere. Sourabh has shifted his energy to focus on a mission that he truly believes in, constantly being inspired by the smiles of parent