Our History and Milestones

The foundation of LEAD is based on two simple principles:

  • Empathy: to make international standard education accessible and affordable to every child
  • Innovation: to transform education as India’s first integrated school edtech solution
Our History and Milestones

Our Journey so far...

Starting with a handful of students and an ambitious vision, LEAD today provides school edtech solutions to over 3,000 schools, 25,000 teachers, and 12,00,000 students across 20 states in India.

Our journey from a far-sighted vision to a satisfying reality wasn’t achieved in a day. LEAD is the result of our constant dedication and effort to bring a change, of which these milestones are a witness.

  • Sumeet Mehta and Smita Deorah
    2012

    The founding stone

    Sumeet Mehta and Smita Deorah co-founded LEAD School in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

    Shantiniketan English School

    LEAD’s first school, Shantiniketan English School (SNES), was located in a remote village 35 kms away from Ahmedabad and had 14 students.

  • English as a skill
    2014

    English as a skill

    The founders delved deep into the traditional education system and realised that lack of proficiency in English was one of the major reasons for uncoordinated education. Hence, they decided to approach English as a skill instead of a language.

  • English Language and General Awareness
    2016

    ELGA – English Language and General Awareness.

    LEAD announced a revolutionary approach towards English learning – ELGA, signifying a huge change from age-based to a skill-based grouping of students.

    LEAD’s own school

    LEAD opened LEAD School Mangaon – the first LEAD-owned school.

    Transitioning teachers

    LEAD created its first teacher application and transitioned all of its teachers to tablets, making them technologically accustomed.

  • LEAD schools
    2017

    LEAD schools

    LEAD took over four government schools, in addition to several other public schools and partner schools, consolidating the position of LEAD as a solution provider for Affordable Private Schools.

    LEAD integrated solutions

    By 2017, LEAD began offering an ‘integrated system’ for schools by helping them digitize the entire curriculum and providing solutions for every stakeholder – teachers, parents, students, and school owners.

  • Education Leadership Award
    2018

    Education Leadership Award

    The American Leadership Board appreciated and awarded LEAD for its impact on the students and innovation in education.

  • History and Milestones by LEAD
    2019

    Best School Management Award

    LEAD School Kurduwadi was awarded with the “Best School Management Award” by Solapur Vruttadarpan News channel and Daily Solapur Katusatya.

  • LEAD School Awards
    2020

    LEAD goes big – Series C funding

    In a Series C funding round led by Westbridge Capital along with existing investor Elevar Equity, LEAD raised $28 million.

    Budget Private School Rankings

    LEAD School Mangaon was awarded at the EducationWorld India Budget Private School Rankings, 2020.

    Reinventing K-12 education

    LEAD founder Sumeet Mehta was featured in “25 Leaders Reinventing K-12 Education” by EducationWorld India.

  • LEAD Integrated System
    2021

    LEAD goes big – Series D funding

    Surpassing the Series C funding, LEAD raised $30 million in the series D funding.

    Ed-tech solutions improving quality of school education

    LEAD was applauded by Outlook India for improving the quality of school education and making it more innovative and affordable for students.

    Transforming education

    LEAD Integrated System included 3,000+ schools, allowing LEAD to transform education for over 12,00,000 students across the country.

  • 2022

    LEAD enters the Unicorn Club

    In January 2022, we raised $100 million in our Series E funding at a valuation of $1.1 billion. The round was led by Westbridge Capital while GSV Ventures also participated. With this we plan to get closer to our achieving our vision of providing quality affordable education to more than 25 million students in India.

  • 2022

    LEAD becomes one of India’s Top 24 ‘Employers of the Future’

    LEAD gets acknowledged as one of India’s Top 24 ‘Employers of the Future’ by Fortune India and Work Universe. With this LEAD joined some of India’s biggest, and most reputed brands on this list.

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  • States
    20 States
  • Cities
    400 Cities
  • Schools
    3,000 Schools
  • Teachers
    25,000 Teachers
  • Students
    12,00,000 Students

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