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upGrad is an Indian online higher education company, founded in 2015 by Ronnie Screwvala, Mayank Kumar, Phalgun Kompalli, and, Ravijot Chugh. The company is the official education partner for Government of India - Startup India program.[1][2]

The EdTech company offers online programs to working professionals, college students, and corporates in the fields of IT, Data Science, Management and Technology.[3][4][5][6]


In 2016, upGrad acquihired mobile SaaS-based product Pyoopil to deploy B2B online corporate training programmes.[7]

In 2018, the company acquihired Acadview to enter the higher education market for college students.[8]

In 2019, upGrad acquihired CohortPlus - an online community platform focused at Product Management and Data Science.[9]

Academic Partners[edit]

upGrad collaborates with national and international academic partners to create online programs. It offers 30 programs[10] in association with the academic partners that includes BITS Pilani,[11] IIT Madras, IIIT-B,[12] IMT Ghaziabad, NMIMS Global Access School for Continuing Education, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Duke Corporate Education,[13] MICA,[14] Deakin University, and Liverpool Business School.[15]


upGrad is accredited by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC),[16] Startup India program, and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).[17]


  • LinkedIn’s ‘Top 25 Startups’ in 2018 and 2019 [18][19]
  • ‘Best Education Brands’ Award by Economic Times Best Brands 2018 [20]
  • ‘Best Tech for Education’ by IAMAI 9th India Digital Awards & Summit 2019[21]


  1. Srinivasan, Supraja (28 September 2016). "Startup India learning programme now gets an official 'UpGrad'". The Economic Times.
  2. "बि‍जनेस शुरू करने में सरकार करेगी आपकी मदद, बताएगी कहां और कैसे मि‍लेंगे पैसे". Money Bhaskar (in हिन्दी).
  3. "This Indian startup gains as students from Tier 2 and 3 cities opt for online digital courses". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  4. Chanchani, Madhav (2015-07-24). "Ronnie Screwvala's online education venture UpGrad is launching a course in entrepreneurship". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  5. "UpGrad, Unmetric, HubSpot in tie-up for content development in digital marketing". The Indian Express. 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  6. Vignesh, J. (2016-05-31). "UpGrad and IIIT-Bangalore partner with Uber and Gramener for their Data AnalyticsProgram". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  7. Vignesh, J. (2016-10-17). "Ronnie Screwvala's ed-tech startup UpGrad acquihires Pyoopil". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  8. "Online education firm UpGrad acquires Acadview". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  9. "Ronnie Screwvala's upGrad acqui-hires online community platform CohortPlus". VCCircle. 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  10. "Ronnie Screwvala's upGrad crosses 20k learners, commits to transform 1mn working professionals by 2026". The Economic Times. 2020-02-11. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  11. Bhatia, Richa (2018-02-05). "In Review: BITS Pilani Partners With UpGrad To Create The First Ever Post Graduate Program In Big Data Engineering". Analytics India Magazine. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  12. Basu, Sreeradha (2016-01-27). "UpGrad partners with IIIT Bangalore to offer online data analytics programme". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  13. "Product management certification programme". The Hindu. 2019-06-03. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  14. Vignesh, J. (2017-04-19). "UpGrad ties up with MICA to offer digital marketing programme". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  15. "UpGrad announces digital marketing strategies plan with Cambridge Judge Business School". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  16. Bureau, Our. "upGrad gets NSDC accreditation". @businessline. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  17. iednewsdesk (2019-12-19). "AICTE selects upGrad to deliver deep tech skills for students and institutions in India". India Education Diary. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  18. "LinkedIn Top Startups 2019: The 25 hottest Indian companies to work for now". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  19. www.ETtech.com. "India's top startups to work for, according to LinkedIn - ETtech". ETtech.com. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  20. Brands, ET Best (2018-04-23). "The Economic Times recognizes UpGrad as one of the Best Education Brands of 2018 at ET Best Brands #ETBestBrands #Education https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZCPORaWsAA7TMn.jpg …". @et_bestbrands. Retrieved 2020-03-08. External link in |title= (help)
  21. "IAMAI - India Digital Awards". www.iamaiida.in. Retrieved 2020-03-08.

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