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Duolingo is working on a math app for kids

Duolingo, best known for its whimsical owl and language-learning app, is working on a new product to add to its growing suite: a math app, according to CEO Luis von Ahn. The co-founder mentioned the app during an interview last week, the same day that Duolingo officially listed in the stock market. After the interview, TechCrunch reached out to Duolingo to get more information about the app, but the company declined to provide more detail because it is “still very early” in the development proce...
Tags: TC, Apps, Math, Education, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Severin Hacker, Ahn, Von Ahn, Duocon Duolingo, Khan Academy Brilliant org Numerade


As edtech evolves, LatAm reskilling platforms raise millions to bring outcomes into the mix

As Latin America attracts record-breaking venture capital totals, education technology startups in the region are given new opportunities to grow. In the past week, Coderhouse, a live cohort-based learning platform, and Crehana, an on-demand skills development service for the enterprise, both announced financing rounds. The back-to-back raises are a reminder that edtech’s relevance in LatAm isn’t just growing in classrooms, but also within organizations across LatAm. It’s a sign that both consum...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Education, San Francisco, Tech, Argentina, Edtech, Latin America, Nubank, David Velez, Udemy, Latam, Ta, Patino, Crehana


Edtech startup bina raises $1.4M to teach 4- to 12-year-olds, launch School-as-a-Service

With the pandemic wreaking havoc amongst early years education amid school lockdowns, it’s no wonder edtech startups have piled into the space. But it has also served to highlight the abysmal nature of early years teaching: Some 40 million teachers across the globe are leaving the sector, according to the World Bank. Of the 1.5 billion primary-age children, only a few can access high-quality education, and approximately 58 million primary-age children are out of education, most of whom are girls...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Japan, Education, Tech, United Kingdom, SaaS, World Bank, OECD, Student, Edtech, Teacher, Pearson, Advisors, PRISMA


Novakid’s investors bet $35M that it can teach kids English

If you’re trying to develop fluency in a non-native tongue, language immersion is a crucial part of the learning process. Surrounding yourself with native speakers helps with pronunciation, context building, and most of all, confidence. But what if you’re an eight-year-old kid in Spain learning English and can’t swing a solo trip to the United States for the summer? Novakid, founded by Maxim Azarov, wants to be your next best option. The San Francisco-based edtech startup offers virtual-only,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, United States, Vr, Edtech, Goodwater Capital, Duolingo, Owl Ventures, Azarov, Recent Funding, LETA Capital, Novakid


The tale of two edtech IPOs

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Last week, Natasha and Alex jumped on Twitter Spaces to discuss the tale of two edtech IPOs: Duolingo, the consumer language learning company, and Powerschool, the enterprise K-12 software platform. It was a rare moment in the sun for the recently-revitalized sector, which saw two companies list on the NASDAQ on the same dang day. Special shout out to our producer C...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Education, China, Ipo, US, Tech, EC, Nasdaq, Equity, Alex, Edtech, Duolingo, Lightspeed Ventures


5 lessons from Duolingo’s bellwether edtech IPO of the year

Duolingo landed onto the public markets this week, rallying excitement and attention for the edtech sector and its founder cohort. The language learning business’ stock price soared when it began to trade, even after the unicorn raised its IPO price range, and priced above the raised interval. Duolingo’s IPO proves that public market investors can see the long-term value in a mission-driven, technology-powered education concern; the company’s IPO carries extra weight considering the historically...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Education, China, Ipo, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn Duolingo


Class, a Zoom-only virtual classroom, nears unicorn status after SoftBank check

Class, a virtual classroom that integrates exclusively with Zoom, announced today that it has raised $105 million in a financing led by SoftBank Vision Fund II. The 10-month old startup has now raised a total of $146 million in known venture funding to date, which eclipses the amount of capital raised by founder Michael Chasen’s now-public previous company, Blackboard. Despite its infancy, Class is rapidly nearing unicorn status, confirming that it currently sports a post-money valuation of $804...
Tags: TC, Europe, Video, Japan, UK, Class, Education, Softbank, Tech, United States, Ireland, Middle East, Edtech, Zoom, Europe Canada, APAC


Shikho, an edtech startup focused on Bangladesh’s students, gets $1.3M seed

In Bangladesh, students often rely on after school learning centers for study help or test preparation, but many of the best ones are concentrated in major cities. Edtech startup Shikho was created to make supplementary education more accessible and affordable. The company announced today it has closed a $1.3 million seed round co-led by returning investor LearnStart (the seed fund of edtech investment firm Learn Capital) and Anchorless Bangladesh.   The round also included participation from W...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Learning, Education, Indonesia, India, Tech, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Edtech, Dhaka, Wavemaker Partners, Zakaria, Nike Run Club


BoldVoice wants to help nonnative English speakers find (and flaunt) their voices

When Anada Lakra and Ilya Usorov first moved to the United States, they struggled to find their voices. They both knew and understood English, but when it came time to speak up, their accents became a hurdle. Usorov, for example, watched his Russian-born parents struggle to advocate for themselves, which limited work opportunities. While Lakra, who just started college at Yale University, was constantly asked to repeat herself. “Will I be able to express myself clearly enough? Will I be understo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, New York, Hollywood, Education, India, Tech, United States, Language, English, Edtech, Duolingo, Babbel, Early Stage, Yc


Edtech’s venture-backed globalization pauses at China

U.S.-based edtech investors are increasingly going global, but recent regulatory crackdowns in China, which instructed local K-12 tutoring startups to go non-profit, have led to a chill among check-writers looking at the country. When I first started reporting on edtech over a year ago, U.S.-based investors often cited China as validation of the opportunity for direct-to-consumer businesses in the K-12 world. The success of Chinese edtech was used to predict the surge of U.S.-based consumer edte...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Education, China, India, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, Tencent, Edtech, Tutoring, Nyse, Reuters, Deborah Quazzo, Owl Ventures


China’s expected edtech clampdown may chill a key startup sector

News that China’s government may force domestic tutoring-focused companies to go non-profit is taking a huge bite out of the value of several technology companies. Bloomberg notes that the value of companies like New Oriental Education & Technology Group and TAL Education are tumbling in light of the news, which would constitute merely the latest salvo against tech companies in the autocratic country. New Oriental’s Hong Kong-listed shares fell 44.22% in after-hours trading after the non-profit ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Education, China, Tech, Bloomberg, Zomato, Edtech, Zuoyebang, Nyse, Yahoo Finance, The Exchange, Yuanfudao


Sololearn raises $24M for its bite-sized, Duolingo-like mobile-first coding education app

Coding is not just for engineers and computer programmers anymore: the pace of technology and its growing ubiquity mean that even non-tech roles will require workers to have some degree of knowledge to do their jobs in the future. Today a company called Sololearn — which has built a popular mobile-first education platform to meet that demand, now with over 21 million users across some 25 curriculum categories like Python, JavaScript, Java, C++, HTML, and SQL — is announcing $24 million in fundin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Europe, Education, Microsoft, Developer, Funding, San Francisco, COLUMBUS Ohio, YEREVAN Armenia, Drive Capital, Learn Capital, Sololearn, Yeva Hyusyan


Byju’s acquires reading platform Epic for $500 million in US expansion push

Byju’s said on Wednesday it has acquired California-headquartered reading platform Epic for $500 million, the latest in a series of moves from India’s most valuable startup as it deepens its footprint in the U.S. market. The deal involves both cash and stock and Epic founders — Kevin Donahue and Suren Markosian — will continue to run the business, they said in an interview with TechCrunch. Epic operates an eponymous digital reading platform for kids aged 12 or younger. The platform, which has a ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Education, California, China, India, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, Epic, M&a, Blackstone, Osmo, DONAHUE


NewCampus wants to train the first-time managers within Southeast Asia’s tech giants

The tech boom in Southeast Asia isn’t just seeding a wave of new entrepreneurs building the next generation of unicorns, it’s also ushering young talent into the roles of first-time managers. And NewCampus, a Singapore-based startup co-founded by Will Fan and Fei Yao, announced today that it has raised millions of dollars to help coming of age companies train their maturing workforce to help them grow into those new, larger roles. NewCampus is an online, live learning platform that hopes to trai...
Tags: TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Education, Indonesia, Stanford, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Tech, Harvard, United States, Philippines, Carousell, Edtech, SOSV


Numerade lands $100M valuation for short-form STEM videos

Edtech entrepreneurs are using their moment in the sun to rethink the structures and impact of nearly every aspect of modern-day learning, from the art of testing to the reality of information retention. Yet, the most popular product up for grabs may just be a seemingly simple one: the almighty tutoring session. and Numerade, an edtech founded in 2018, just had its take on scalable, high-quality tutoring sessions valued at $100 million. Numerade sells subscriptions to short-form videos that expl...
Tags: Google, TC, Education, Tech, Ai, Numbers, Edtech, Series A, Early Stage, Ma, Wolfram Alpha, Quizlet, Khaled Helioui, Margo Georgiadis, Tiktok, Numerade


Duolingo’s IPO could cast golden halo on edtech startups

Edtech giant Duolingo set an initial price range for its impending IPO today. The unicorn expects to price in its public debut at $85 to $95 per share, selling 3,700,000 in the deal. Another 1,406,113 shares are being sold by existing shareholders, and 765,916 shares are being offered to underwriting banks as part of the transaction. All told, the company may see 5,872,029 shares trade hands in its IPO, worth some $557,842,755. Duolingo itself can raise as much as $424,262,020 in gross proceeds ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Education, Ipo, Tech, S-1, Edtech, Duolingo, EC News Analysis, EC Edtech, IPO Duolingo


Indonesian edtech startup Gredu raises $4M Series A to keep teachers, parents and students engaged with one another

Many teachers and parents in Indonesia rely on WhatsApp to keep in touch, creating “multiple groups that often become messy and highly ineffective, and result in confusion or lost threads,” says Rizky Aniez, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Gredu. The Jakarta-based startup was created to give everyone involved in the educational process—school administrators, teachers, parents, guardians and students—apps that let them keep track of everything and communicate with one another. Today...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Students, Education, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Edtech, National Curriculum, Vertex Ventures, Intudo Ventures, Patrick Yip, School Management


Edtech startup Microverse raises $12.5M to bring income share agreements to the developing world

Edtech startup Microverse has tapped new venture funding in its quest to help train students across the globe to code through its online school which requires zero upfront cost, instead relying on an income-share agreement which kicks in when students find a job. The startup tells TechCrunch it has closed a $12.5 million Series A led by Northzone with additional participation from General Catalyst, All Iron Ventures and a host of angel investors. We last covered the company after it had closed a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Education, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Isa, Huawei, Edtech


Paper gets $100M worth of venture-backed paper for B2B edtech

For edtech startups, it’s always been easier to go direct-to-consumer than it is to sell into school districts. The latter has stodgy and strict sales cycles, while the former has a bit more flexibility when it comes to opening up that wallet. The pandemic added validation to this dynamic by supercharging consumer companies like Quizlet and Outschool, bringing them into the unicorn club. Despite this growth, many startups still think that going B2B, directly into schools, will have the biggest i...
Tags: TC, Education, Tech, Canada, United States, Paper, Montreal, Edtech, IVP, Cutler, Series C, Quizlet, ETW, Outschool, Philip Cutler, Quizlet Course Hero


Extra Crunch roundup: influencer marketing 101, spotting future unicorns, Apple AirTags teardown

With the right message, even a small startup can connect with established and emerging stars on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube who will promote your products and services — as long as your marketing team understands the influencer marketplace. Creators have a wide variety of brands and revenue channels to choose from, but marketers who understand how to court these influencers can make inroads no matter the size of their budget. Although brand partnerships are still the top source of revenue for ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Transportation, Education, California, Entrepreneurship, US, Tech, Diversity, Joe Biden, Iran, Artificial Intelligence, Rebecca, United States, Venture Capital


Wonderschool’s Chris Bennett and investor Marlon Nichols will break down the path to seed-stage funding

Extra Crunch Live is all about helping founders build better venture-backed businesses. Naturally, we do this by having candid conversations with founders and their investors. On an upcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live, we’ll sit down with MaC Venture Capital founding managing partner Marlon Nichols and Wonderschool co-founder and CEO Chris Bennett. REGISTER HERE FOR FREE! Not only will we discuss how they came together for Wonderschool’s seed round in 2017, but how that translated into what ha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Intel Capital, Nichols, Don, Bennett, Chris Bennett, ECL, Marlon Nichols, Wonderschool, Seed Stage, MaC Venture Capital, Bennett Wonderschool, Extra Crunch Live Announcement


Edtech investors are flocking to SaaS guidance counselors

ApplyBoard, a startup that helps international students find opportunities to study abroad, announced today that it has nearly doubled its valuation in a little over a year. The Ontario-based company is now worth around $3.2 billion after raising a $300 million Series D round led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. ApplyBoard makes money from revenue-sharing agreements with colleges and universities. If a student attends a college after using their services, ApplyBoard receives a cut o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Edtech, Ontario, Higher Ed, ETS, Ontario Teachers, GRE, Martin Basiri, Career Karma, ApplyBoard, Basiri, EC Edtech, Ontario Teachers ' Pension Plan Board ApplyBoard


Formative, a student learning and analytics platform, raises $70M to challenge the summative, test-based approach to education

Tests are king in many school systems and other educational environments: they are seen as an efficient way to assess what knowledge students have retained, and how well they do on a level playing field where everyone has the same exam to take. Some, however, believe that system is flawed, and today a startup that’s built a platform to provide another way of assessing and teaching is announcing a big round of funding on the heels of strong growth for its approach. Formative — a platform for K-12...
Tags: TC, London, Education, Funding, Tech, Jones, Online Education, E-learning, Ucla, Craig Jones, Jennings, McFarland, Santa Monica CA, Tom Jennings, Summit Partners, Kahoot


Wonderschool’s Chris Bennett and investor Marlon Nichols will break down the path to seed-stage funding

Extra Crunch Live is all about helping founders build better venture-backed businesses. Naturally, we do this by having candid conversations with founders and their investors. On an upcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live, we’ll sit down with MaC Venture Capital founding managing partner Marlon Nichols and Wonderschool co-founder and CEO Chris Bennett. REGISTER HERE FOR FREE! Not only will we discuss how they came together for Wonderschool’s seed round in 2017, but how that translated into what ha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Intel Capital, Nichols, Don, Bennett, Chris Bennett, ECL, Marlon Nichols, Wonderschool, Seed Stage, MaC Venture Capital, Bennett Wonderschool, Extra Crunch Live Announcement


Wonderschool’s Chris Bennett and investor Marlon Nichols will break down the path to seed-stage funding

Extra Crunch Live is all about helping founders build better venture-backed businesses. Naturally, we do this by having candid conversations with founders and their investors. On an upcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live, we’ll sit down with MaC Venture Capital founding managing partner Marlon Nichols and Wonderschool co-founder and CEO Chris Bennett. REGISTER HERE FOR FREE! Not only will we discuss how they came together for Wonderschool’s seed round in 2017, but how that translated into what ha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Intel Capital, Nichols, Don, Bennett, Chris Bennett, ECL, Marlon Nichols, Wonderschool, Seed Stage, MaC Venture Capital, Bennett Wonderschool, Extra Crunch Live Announcement


Wonderschool’s Chris Bennett and investor Marlon Nichols will break down the path to seed-stage funding

Extra Crunch Live is all about helping founders build better venture-backed businesses. Naturally, we do this by having candid conversations with founders and their investors. On an upcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live, we’ll sit down with MaC Venture Capital founding managing partner Marlon Nichols and Wonderschool co-founder and CEO Chris Bennett. REGISTER HERE FOR FREE! Not only will we discuss how they came together for Wonderschool’s seed round in 2017, but how that translated into what ha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Intel Capital, Nichols, Don, Bennett, Chris Bennett, ECL, Marlon Nichols, Wonderschool, Seed Stage, MaC Venture Capital, Bennett Wonderschool, Extra Crunch Live Announcement


Liquid Instruments raises $13.7M to bring its education-focused 8-in-1 engineering gadget to market

Part of learning to be an engineer is understanding the tools you’ll have to work with — voltmeters, spectrum analyzers, things like that. But why use two, or eight for that matter, where one will do? The Moku:Go combines several commonly used tools into one compact package, saving room on your workbench or classroom while also providing a modern, software-configurable interface. Creator Liquid Instruments has just raised $13.7 million to bring this gadget to students and engineers everywhere. ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Education, Funding, Stem, Tech, Engineering, Phillips, FPGA, Anzu Partners, Liquid Instruments, ANU Connect Ventures


Mapping out one edtech company’s $200M bet on lifelong learning

Mumbai-based Emeritus, an edtech company that works with universities to create online up-skilling courses for employed folks, just spent a big chunk of cash to break into K-12. Emeritus, which is part of the Eruditis group, announced today that it plans to acquire iD Tech, a STEM education service for children. The acquisition, which has not yet closed, is estimated to be around $200 million and leaves iD Tech operating as an independent brand for now. In August, Eruditis raised a $113 million ...
Tags: TC, Education, Tech, Mumbai, Edtech, Higher Ed, MIT Harvard, Ashwin Damera, Damera, EC Edtech, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Sequoia India, Leeds Illuminate Today, Columbia ID Tech


Snowman, the studio behind Alto’s Adventure and others, launches a kids app company, Pok Pok

Snowman, the small studio behind award-winning iOS games Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey, Skate City, and others, is spinning out a new company, Pok Pok, that will focus on educational children’s entertainment. Later this month, Pok Pok will debut its first title, Pok Pok Playroom, aimed at inspiring creative thinking through play for the preschool crowd. The launch takes Snowman back to its roots as an app maker, not a games studio. In fact, the company’s first iOS app, Checkmark, had been in ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Kids, Families, Education, Video Games, Parents, Disney, Toronto, Tech, Ios Apps, Snowman


Extra Crunch roundup: How Duolingo became an edtech leader

The pandemic has just pushed edtech mainstream, but language-learning startup Duolingo had already spent the past decade figuring out how to build a successful edtech app. In our latest installment of the EC-1 series, Natasha Mascarenhas goes deep with the company to understand how it found product-market fit, then figured out how to grow like a consumer tech startup and monetize like a SaaS startup. After a record 2020, the Pittsburgh-based company also opened up about its plans for the future,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Utah, Education, Ipo, Boston, Tech, CMO, Bloomberg, Paypal, United States, Nba, Square, Holland, SEC



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