Cialfo Pte Ltd

  • Singapore, Singapore
  • EducationEducation Technology, Education

Democratizing tertiary education globally by increasing the overseas college applications success from 10% to 60%

Founded:
2012
Stage:
Steady Revenues
Market:
B2C

Startup Video

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Cialfo in leading daily in Singapore | Straits Times

Mar 07, 2016

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Cialfo is dominating online college admissions in Singapore | VentureBeat

Dec 14, 2015

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WSJ features Cialfo Founders | Wall Street Journal

Apr 15, 2015


Founded

Jun

2012

New Product Release

First launch of our product to help students with US/UK college applications

Sep

Customer

Achieved Operational Breakeven

Sep

2013

Funding

Received Seed Funding of S$200,000k (100 Lakhs INR)

Feb

2015

Customer

Achieved S$1MM in Revenues till date

Jun

Customer

Expanded into China and got first revenues in China

Jul

Customer

Now No 1 US/UK Admissions Company in Singapore

Sep

Customer

Piloted SAAS model with 1 large organization in Shanghai in China

Mar

2016

Customer

Piloting SAAS blended model with 3 international schools in New Delhi, India.

Apr

Jobs


Team Summary

Rohan (CEO): Vision / strategy, product features, fundraising, marketing 
Stanley (COO and China Head): China expansion, finance, culture setting, content development 
Taher (CTO): brings in the technical know how to execute the vision

Rohan Pasari - Rohan started Cialfo with the belief that students’ focus on grades needs to shift towards “learning to learn”. Rohan is a double Gold Medalist from NTU with a background in Engineering, Economics and Entrepreneurship. He published conference and journal papers and interned with two Fortune 500 companies (Barclays and ExxonMobil) before choosing to disrupt education. He is also a member of Overseas Association for College Admission Counselling (OACAC). He is currently enjoying taking Mandarin lessons in the evenings. 


Stanley Chia Dingli - As the cultural propagator at Cialfo, Stanley ensures that the team enjoys fulfilling the college dreams of students. Stanley graduated from NTU and has served in the committee of Our Singapore Conversations, where he worked closely with ministers to facilitate dialogues between the government and people. He has been a founder of a non-profit, Envisage, where he built curriculums for high schools in Singapore. 

Taher Dhilawala - Taher leads technology at Cialfo. With close to 7+ years of experience in building applications for the web and mobile, Taher strives to solve problems with the help of design and technology. He truly believes that technology should be invisible; complexity should be under the hood, covered by a great design. He architects and develops software systems at Cialfo keeping this philosophy in mind.

Other Management Team:

• Justin Jobity (Head of Operations): Northwestern grad; 4 years experience in startup biz dev. Streamlining processes in SG/China and leading mentoring at Cialfo

• Mugdha Hedaoo (Head of Marketing): 10 years experience in marketing and digital space, IIT grad. Strategising marketing processes and content at Cialfo

• Felix Spryka (Head of Sales): 3 years at Salesforce. Led team at Cialfo to increase revenue by 110% within first 6 mths. Streamlining processes and training.

Board of Advisors:
• Eric Tachibana: Serial tech entrepreneur, adjunct professor, ‘trade sales’ specialist, advisor – strategy.

• Travis Giggy: Silicon Valley based serial tech entrepreneur, advisor - product and growth hacking

• Sarah Lee: Harvard (Masters in Education), 10 years experience in college application consulting in China, advisor – China market & college shortlisting model

Team


    • Taher Dhilawala

    • Co-Founder, CTO

Product/Service Summary

90% students get rejected from their dream colleges because of stiff competition and application complexity. Cialfo’s online platform combined with college admission experts helps students get into their dream college. 100% of Cialfo’s students have been admitted to a college of their choice and 60% of them admitted into top 20 US/UK colleges

How are we different?

• Machine learning process for matching student profiles to their “best fit” colleges

• College application management platform with profile building recommendation engine

Product/Service Descriptions