Cindy Mi

Cindy Mi

China

Founder and CEO, VIPKid

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Recognized as an educator and entrepreneur, Cindy Mi is the Founder and CEO of VIPKid, a global edtech company that connects children and teachers for real-time online education.

East Asia

Recognized for her career as an educator and entrepreneur, Cindy Mi is the Founder and CEO of VIPKid, a global edtech company that connects children in China with the world’s best teachers for real-time online education. VIPKid has become China’s market-leading edtech startup. VIPKid’s vision is to build a global classroom that empowers students and teachers through personalized learning, connects cultures across the world and sparks a passion for lifelong learning.

VIPKid has been awarded several high-profile honors such as Fast Company’s World Most Innovative Companies 2018 and 2019.

VIPKid has received investment from Tencent, Sequoia Capital, Sinovation Ventures, Coatue Management, Learn Capital and Kobe Bryant’s firm, Bryant Stibel, among others.

Cindy has spoken on the main stage at The New York Times New Work Summit (2019), TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco (2017), ASU+GSV Summit (2019, 2018 and 2017), OZY Fest in Central Park (2018), Y Combinator’s Startup School at Tsinghua University in Beijing (2018) and Y Combinator's Global Founders Summit (2018 and 2017) in San Francisco, among others.

In 2019, Cindy was named a Glassdoor Top CEO (one of only seven women on the list of the Top 100 CEOs) and was #1 on Crunchbase’s list of 50 Female Entrepreneurs Everyone Should Know. In the October 2019 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, Cindy was featured among fashion model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss’ list of female entrepreneurs whom she looks to for inspiration and motivation.

Cindy was also a recipient of the ASU + GSV Summit 2019 Power of Women Award. Cindy was also selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2018.

Cindy earned her MBA from CKGSB, China’s leading private business school, and studied at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management as part of an MBA exchange program.