About Us

We're a tech-driven organisation building innovative, accessible solutions in efforts to make education inclusive. Our current focus is to make products that help improve learning outcomes for the visually impaired.

We envision a society where the visually impaired are independent and play a larger role in society. Our flagship innovation, Annie, is the world’s first Braille literacy device that helps visually impaired people learn to read, write, and type in Braille on their own in any medium of instruction.

How it All Began?

Thinkerbell Labs (previously Project Mudra) started as an independent research project at BITS Pilani Goa Campus.

The idea was born when co-founders Sanskriti Dawle and Aman Srivastava built a Braille alphabet song box on a Raspberry Pi.

It received overwhelmingly positive feedback and enthusiasm from visually impaired students and their teachers alike. This led to the team learning Braille themselves in Hyderabad, further solidifying the need for a literacy device for the visually impaired. Annie had been developed keeping in mind the current teaching practices and the pain points of the teacher and student pool.

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An Idea to an Organization

In 2016, we were incubated by Masschallenge UK, and had the opportunity to present to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who learnt to type "George" in Braille using Annie.

In June that year, Thinkerbell Labs was officially registered as an organization. We then received the backing of Anand Mahindra and Indian Angel Network which ensured that our dream of working towards an inclusive world, became a reality.

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And over the last couple of years, we've built a team of passionate, skillful individuals working towards solving this problem. (Read more about our work culture here).

Our core team's efforts have been compounded by the work of some wonderful interns, freelancers, and advisors who have contributed significantly in different capacities to make our work possible.

Our Team

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Our Advisors

Rajesh Navaneetham

Board Member Operations & Strategy

Amitabh Srivastava

Partner, IAN Fund Strategy & Sales

Rohit Varma

Founder, RSquare & Nature InFocus Sales & Marketing

Our Investors

Anand Mahindra
Indian Angel Network

Awards

  • Best Social Innovation - InTech50 (given out by Mr. Amitabh Kant)
  • Winner, ASME iShow India & Global finalist 2018
  • Winner, Great Tech Rocketships, 2016 - Department of International Trade, UK Gov
  • Winner, 500K BIZ Launchpad - Deshpande Foundation (given out by Mr. Narayan Murthy)
  • Winner, Dell Startup Challenge
  • Winner, Aarohan Social Innovation Awards by Infosys Foundation
  • Winner at London Acumen Pitch Event
  • 3rd prize at the Global Social Venture Competition
  • Top 2 startups at the VILCAP accelerator

Grants

  • Elevate 100 selected startup - Govt. of Karnataka
  • Winner - BITS-75 Charitable Trust and Center for Emerging Technologies
  • Winner of the Nasscom Social Innovation Forum grant

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