Q&A with Dharmendra Kanejiya, Founder and CTO of Cognii

EdTech Times is running a series of Q&As this week on the companies of LearnLaunchX, which has their first public Demo Day this Thursday, October 3rd at LearnLaunch.org’s October Meetup in Boston. Companies will present for 5 minutes and then followed up by 5 minutes of Q&A.  This is a great opportunity for local ed-tech aficionados, educators, and entrepreneurs to come meet the companies of LearnLaunchX’s first cohort.

More on these companies at their investor demo day, September 18th:

Dee Kanejiya, Founder and CTO of Cognii.

Dee Kanejiya, Founder and CTO of Cognii.

Website: http://cognii.com

Founders: Dee Kanejiya

Founded: 3/27/2013

Category: Educational Assessment

Product stage: early stage

LinkedIn company page: www.linkedin.com/company/cognii

Company twitter: @Cognii


ETT: Tell us about your company.

DK: Cognii provides automatic assessment of essay-type answers in online learning.

ETT: What is your company’s core value proposition? What problem are you solving?

DK: Using powerful natural language processing technology, we solve the problem of doing qualitative assessment at affordable cost. We help improve students outcome, increase teachers’ productivity, and allow administrators to provide more frequent assessment.

ETT: Why did you get into this? What drove you to start this?    

DK: While growing up in a lower middle class family, I benefited a lot from good teachers. I started this venture in part to apply my knowledge of advanced technology to improve the quality and affordability of education to all. It is also the right time for disruptive innovation in education.

ETT: What is the biggest need for your startup? (e.g. funding, development, market access, channels, publicity)   

DK: Funding, partnership, and hiring.

ETT: What should we expect to see from you in the next twelve months? (e.g. product milestones, team size, potential growth/revenue targets)      

DK: We expect to launch the partnership with a few large customers in education publishing and platform space. We plan to grow the team to 6 persons and start generating revenue.

ETT: Which three startups/educators/entrepreneurs do you follow and find interesting?


  • Coursera
  • EdX
  • John Katzman

ETT: If you could provide students nationwide with one education technology product, what would it be?      

DK: Intelligent tutoring system that allows them to learn any thing any time any number of times.

ETT: What do you think are the biggest obstacles in adopting your product/service in the education space?

DK: Long sale cycles and doubts about artificial intelligence.

ETT:  Where do you see education technology going in the next few years?         

DK: There will be more virtual schools, MOOCs will become acceptable for credits, and the essay-scoring technology will transform the education in a way that happens once in a century.

EdTech Times congratulates Mr. Dee Kanejiya on completion of the program with LearnLaunchX. Check out Cognii at:



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Yevgeny Ioffe

Yevgeny Ioffe, or as people call him, Yev, has been working in both the startup world and established companies. His career spans from joining Xplana Learning as it launched to Cengage Learning to MBS Direct when it acquired Xplana in 2009. Yevgeny brings to EdTech Times his passion for start-ups and technology, along with his interest in the ever evolving world of edtech. Yevgeny obtained his BSc and MA from Brandeis University and MBA from Boston College.