BenchPrep is an online learning platform that helps students prepare for standardized tests - GRE, GMAT, MCAT, ACT and SAT, professional certifications, and K-12 classroom learning. It partners with educational publishers such as McGraw Hill, John Wiley & Sons, and the Princeton Review to create interactive, digitized courses.[2][3] BenchPrep’s goal is to make studying accessible and personalized.[4] The company has developed web and mobile apps that can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones [5]


BenchPrep, formerly known as Watermelon Express, was founded in 2009 by Ashish Rangnekar and Ujjwal Gupta.[6] The company materialized when cofounder Ashish Rangnekar won the New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago.[7][8] Shortly thereafter, BenchPrep received $2.2 million in seed funding from Lightbank, the executives behind Groupon.[9] In July 2012, the company announced a $6 million round of funding from New Enterprise Associates and Revolution LLC.[10][2]Ashish Rangnekar received his MBA from the Booth School of Business.[2] Ujjwal Gupta holds a PhD from Penn State.[2]


  • "Top 5 Digital Education Tool" by Venture Beat [2]
  • "Most innovative and Best In Class Test Prep and Assessment Platform" at the 2010 Education Innovation Summit [4]
  • "Top 10 Innovative Startup in Education" at the 2010 Venture Capital in Education [2]