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The Tufts University Student Determined to Democratize Education

Where Sharad Vivek Sagar grew up in India, 84 percent of people are living below the poverty line. Education, a vehicle meant to drive individuals toward success, was failing. At 13 years old, however, a homeschooled Sagar was determined to transform the ailing system.

Sagar, now a Tufts University sophomore, has helped more than 100,000 young people through Dexterity Global’s three platforms: DexChallenge, DexGlobe and DexSchool.

DexChallenge was the company’s initial platform, fueled by Sagar’s desire to bring the world’s top students together into an arena where they could compete. During the full-day inter-school event, high schoolers are run through 10 competitions, including quizzes, painting, dance, entrepreneurship, branding and diplomacy. Sagar’s own idea has morphed into an award-winning reality. Dexterity Global won $15,000 in cash and kind services in this year’s Tufts $100K Business Plan Competition, and was named one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Most Innovative Social Enterprises for the Next Century.”