About Us

Our Journey

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.

Founders of Thinkerbell Labs - Sanskriti, Aman, Dilip and Saif
Thinkerbell team demoing Annie to Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In 2016, the team had the honor of demonstrating Annie and teaching “George” in Braille to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The team at Thinkerbell Labs feels passionately about the need of inclusive education driven by intuitive engineering and design.

Our Team

We're a team of young humans bound together by a cause to make education inclusive all around the world.

Sanskriti Dawle

Founder and CEO

Aman Srivastava

Founder and COO

Dilip Ramesh

Founder and CTO

Saif Shaikh

Founder and CPO

Avinash Kothuri

Partnerships

Pranab Pathak

Supply Chain

Shivam Agarwal

Engineering

Avikant Saini

Engineering & Design

Ambika B.

Marketing

Our Advisors

Andrea Gamson

Sales

Rohit Verma

Marketing

Rahul Sen

Branding

Reboni Saha

Industrial Design

Our Investors

Anand Mahindra

CMD of Mahindra Group

Indian Angel Network

Awards

  • Winner, Great Tech Rocketships, 2016 - Department of International Trade, UK Gov
  • Winner, 500K BIZ Launchpad - Deshpande Foundation (given out by Mr. Narayan Murthy)
  • Best Social Innovation - InTech50 (given out by Mr. Amitabh Kant)
  • Winner, Dell Startup Challenge
  • Fellowship at India Inclusion Summit 2016
  • Incubated at MassChallenge UK 2016
  • Winner at London Acumen Pitch Event
  • Top 2 startups at the VILCAP accelerator
  • Winner of Infocom IFLA award 2018
  • 3rd prize at the Global Social Venture Competition

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

In News

Sanskriti Dawle of Team Annie describes her team's entry during her presentation at the ASME ISHOW in India
ASME NEWS
ASME Innovation Showcase 2018
Six Indian companies emerge as winners of GREAT Tech Rocketships 2016
UK Government
GREAT Tech Rocketships 2016
Assisted learning startup Thinkerbell Labs raises funds from Indian Angel Network
VCCircle
Indian Angel Network
Thinkerbell Labs' Smart Braille teaching devices: All you need to know
Financial Express
Smart Braille teaching devices
These studentpreneurs' ed-tech startup is trying to address the gap in Braille literacy among the visually impaired
YourStory
Dell startup Challenge
Ranchi school students to learn Braille from Annie, country's first self learning device launched
Times of India
Launch at Ranchi