Startup Spotlight #39: Sertifier

Almost many of us attend courses to improve ourselves on a specific subject or purchase online training. At the end of these courses we attend, we obtain a certificate that we have successfully completed the course. These certificates, some of which are printed and some of which are defined online, are very difficult to track. This is an important problem for both institutions and certificate holders. At the same time, the validity of these certificates is an important problem. Sertifier is a startup that produces solutions to these problems.

What is your first name?

Arda

Welcome Arda! What is your surname?

Helvacılar

What is the name of your startup?

Sertifier

What is the website address of Sertifier?

https://www.sertifier.com/en/

Where is your startup based?

Turkey

What are your targeted verticals for your startup?

Blockchain
EduTech

Tell us what your startup does.

Sertifier offers its customers a certificate designing and distribution application in order to track, analyze, and verify education data using blockchain technology. Based on end to end education solution mission, Sertifier gives Verified mobile application to its end users to collect and verify experience & education data in one place.

Tell us about your team.

Sertifier’s team is it’s a greatest competitive advantage. All the individuals who make up this team graduated from prestigious colleges of Turkey and spent years working together previously. A motivated and dedicated team which consists of 8 individuals are:
– Arda Helvacılar | CEO
– Ceyhun Aslan | CTO
– Mert Akın | COO
– Ege Yalçınkaya | Growth Hacker
– Barış Bingöl | CMO
– Kayal Gökalp | Developer
– Anıl Asım Bilen | Developer

When and why did you found your startup?

Sertifier launched in August 2018 with v1.0.

When we began our journey we observed a two-sided problem. Education and experience data for institutions is not:
– traceable and analyzable to define skill-sets,
– visible therefore not appealing for employees,
– able to advocate institutions to define skill-sets.

On the other hand, the same education and experience data for individuals can not:
– be stored in a digitally secured platform,
– be shared in times of need,
– create meaningful career pathways.

What are your key and unique features?

– Easy to use the certificate design editor
– Certificate tracker
– Blockchain secured verification
– Centralized skills management tools

Education has always carried great importance to the development of human knowledge. Therefore, we have foreseen that understanding and developing an education is a must for us all. Based on this outcome, democratizing and analyzing education with transparent tools should be defined as a way for this development. All the competitors and potential alternatives who actively work on the same sector with us only focus on better user experience for issuing credentials fail to notice the fact that the aforementioned credentials are issued after a lecture or training. Understanding and analyzing the lecture through these credentials raises the usability and importance of the credentials. At Sertifier, we believe in a transparent future. Building on this statement, we developed credential issuing tools that allow issuer institutions and credential owners to understand the educational path, define skill-sets, advocate future of jobs with the application of transparency.

What is your growth like?

Currently, our MRR is more than 2000$, and our MoM growth is %12 based on our exponentially growing number of customers.

Tell us about the numbers that matter to you.

Until today we managed to manufacture more than 720k certificates with 129 different paying B2B subscribed customers. We reached 8 countries and analyzed more than 1.6M different skills.

What are your plans for next year and the next 5 years?

– Reach to 15 countries with early marketing efforts.
– Becoming an integration hub for an e-learning platform.
– Creating self-curated education pathway creation algorithms.
– Blockchain tech build-up for the Verified app.

Did you receive any investments?

We received early-stage investment from Tarvenn Ventures and Advisers in May 2019.

Tell us 3 startups that excite you, and why?

Digime3D – Advanced tech development
ForFarming – Developing market and good product
Peak Games – Our next sector

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