Year funded



lead partner

Will Poole
Habitat is an interactive social learning edtech platform for Gen Z learners

Habitat flips the learning pedagogy from content-first to communications-first. Habitat is an active community for UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) aspirants. With Habitat, chat rooms are the new classrooms. Based on students’ learning style and stage of preparation, Habitat allows them to select their mentors and participate in live discussions with peers, which enables active learning.


Habitat puts forth a communication-first pedagogy and centralises all learning activities like discussions, clearing doubts, study-plan iterations, on-demand lectures, notes sharing and assessments. The platform functions like an organised cluster of Whatsapp or Telegram groups with a chosen mentor creating lectures on the go with the students. Students are empowered to select their mentors, peer groups and course speed. Habitat serves information-heavy exam segments (UPSC, State PCS, RBI, etc.) using machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) for interactive learning.


To date, Habitat has built a live and active community for the IAS aspirants and has about 10,000+ subscribers and 200,000+ conversations.

Company leadership

Rohit Pande, Co-Founder & CEO Rohit is an IIT Guwahati graduate. He was with the analytics and consulting team with Mu Sigma and Inductis before co-founding Habitat with his batchmate, Shikhar. He leads business strategy and marketing at Habitat.
Shikhar Sachan, Co-Founder & CPTO Shikhar is an IIT Guwahati graduate, worked with IBM before co-founding IExperience which was acquired by Times Internet. He has worked across multiple products and technology stack and was part of the team responsible for Times’ transition from a content-first to a technology-first company.  

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