Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID, an education technology company that connects K‐8 students in China with teachers in North America for online English immersion. Founded in 2013, VIPKID has become one of China’s leading education startups, growing 40% month over month and attracting investments from Northern Light Venture Capital, Innovation Works, Matrix Partners, and Sequoia Capital. VIPKID, which offers a progressive pedagogy based on the Common Core curriculum, now serves over 150,000 students from all of China’s provinces. The company is regularly featured in the Chinese media and has won accolades from technology giants like Tencent.
Ms. Mi, a lifelong entrepreneur, is passionate about the power of education to transform and empower students, parents and teachers. Prior to founding VIPKID, she was a classroom teacher and a co--‐founder of ABC English, a tutoring company, where she led business development and campus expansion across China. She serves on the advisory boards of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and Learn Lab, an education accelerator.