It’s all about lifelong learning

At BenchPrep, our entire organization is committed to creating the best online learning experiences to drive premium results.

Years of experience
Capital raised
Educational partners
Learning programs


Meet the leaders who drive the vision of BenchPrep.

Varvara Alva

Chief Financial Officer

Marlon Davis

VP Product

Ujjwal Gupta

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer

Julie Gurican

Senior Director

Brad Hainer

VP Sales

Emily Leary

Senior Director
Customer Operations

Celeste Martinell

VP Customer Success

Joe Miller

VP Learning, Design & Strategy

Ashish Rangnekar

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

Nish Ravichandran

Director Business
Strategy & Operations

Nickolay Schwarz

Chief Technology Officer

Amanda Wynne

VP Marketing

Our history

BenchPrep started in 2009 when Ashish was preparing for the GMAT in New York City and had a revelation. He called his friend Ujjwal to vent about how difficult it was to find time to study while working a full-time job, and how he was forced to lug around these heavy test prep textbooks everywhere he went to take advantage of any free time. This annoying inconvenience led him to ask Ujjwal, “Why isn’t there a better way to study on the go?”

They decided to develop a mobile app for GMAT prep; this was the first ever test prep app of any kind for the iPhone. More than 1,000 test takers purchased the app in the first month (an “aha!” moment), which helped them immediately realize there were likely many more people who could benefit from an interactive, personalized online learning experience on their mobile devices.

BenchPrep started with an idea for efficient online learning

One mobile app led to 100+ apps and an omni-channel, enterprise-level SaaS LMS platform that BenchPrep now offers today. BenchPrep has helped several credentialing bodies and test publishers develop digital learning programs that deliver an exceptional, unmatched experience to learners. Through industry-leading partnerships with the world’s leading education and training organizations, BenchPrep has helped more than 6 million learners and continues to be at the forefront of technological innovation and improving learning outcomes far beyond what you can achieve with an LMS platform.

BenchPrep allows organizations to construct the best learner experience

Organizations are now starting to realize that the needs of today’s learners have changed. They need so much more than an LMS platform can provide: they need personalization, gamification, and real-time omni-channel access to learning content. BenchPrep is helping these organizations digitally transform their approach to online learning and training to align their methods and systems to today’s learner and drive more successful outcomes.

Industry recognition

BenchPrep is being recognized for awards that celebrate both our online learning platform and our company.

2020 Best Corporate/Enterprise
Learning Solution Winner

Aragon Research
Hot Vendors in Learning 2020

Inc. Magazine's Best
Workplaces for 2020

2020 Best Corporate/Enterprise
Learning Solution Finalist

2020 Best Places to Work

Learning Portal/LMS
Award Winner

2019 Fastest Growing
Learning Companies

2019 Fastest Growing
Chicago Companies

2019 Top Training Companies

Best Tech
Work Culture Finalist

2019 Best Corporate/Enterprise
Learning Solution Finalist

2019 Best Places to Work

2019 Best Continuing Education
& Association Learning Systems

2019 BuiltIn Chicago
Best Places to Work

2018 Brandon Hall Group
Best Advance in Unique
Learning Technology

2018 Chicago Innovation Awards
Top 100 Finalists

Global Learning Impact
Award Honorable Mention

ITA City Lights 2018
Rising Star Finalist

Best Tech
Manager Finalist

Best Tech Workplace
for Diversity Finalist


Follow a decade-long journey of innovative online learning.


Recognized for 8 industry award distinctions, continued to sign marquee customers and reached 6M learners.


Doubled revenue for 4th year in a row, 100% increase in client launches, and named a finalist for 5 leading industry awards.


Doubled revenue for the 3rd consecutive year, doubled the BenchPrep team, reached 3M learners, and relocated our headquarters to Willis Tower.


Named a Tyton Partners Growth50 Company.


Launched our 1st B2B program, beginning ACT partnership.


Reached 1M learners and 30 partners including publishers, training organizations, test prep organizations and K-12.


Expanded into 21st century learning skills, vocational training, and technology verticals. Signed up 15 more partners.


Raised $6M in series B funding from NEA and Revolution Ventures. Added Peter Barris and David Golden to the Board of Directors. Launched partnership with The Princeton Review.


Launched the cross-platform learning solution: web, mobile and tablet. Signed up two of the largest academic publishers: McGraw Hill and Cengage.


Raised $2.2M in series A funding from Lightbank. Awarded Best in Class Assessment Platform award at Education Innovation Summit.


Launched the first-ever exam prep app for the iPhone. Apple featured multiple apps as “Featured Edu App” on the iTunes Store.

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