Over 50 Education Startups & Companies Which Gained Momentum After Funding in 2014-15


50 Education Startups Which Gained Momentum After Funding in 2014-15

Education startups industry is seeing a wave of investors coming to invest in validating their growth potential.

Below is a list of over 50 startups and companies which have gained further momentum after their funding in 2014-1015. Take a look!

1) BrightBytes, SaaS based analytical platform that measures use of technology to learning outcomes got funded in July 2015 by Learn Capital, Rethink Education, Insight Venture Partners and more such investors and raised $33 million.

2) Vedantu, An online education platform providing tech-based education to the students based out in Bangalore has received $5 million from Accel Partners and Tiger Global Investors in round of funding.

3) KleverKid, This online portal has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Aarin Capital. The platform acts like a marketplace for parents seeking coaching and tutors for their children.

4) Toppr, Mumbai based online practice and test package providing website has raised around $10 million of funding from Fidelity and SAIF & Helion.

5) Seed Schools, A Hyderabad based firm to provide affordable education, raised seed funding of $650,000 from Acumen Fund, a social venture capital investor.

6) Ignis Careers, a Hyderabad based career development firm that offers education and curriculum development, training on life skills and English Communication has received an amount of $250,000 as seed funding from Acumen Fund on May 5, 2015.

7) MeetUniv, This Delhi based platform that helps in assisting the students in finding colleges’ abroad has raised $1 million from US-based Peesh Venture Capital in 2015.

8) Plancess EduSolutions, a Mumbai based online educational platform received has recently raised an amount of $10 million that includes $2 million of seed funding from Aarti Group’s Promoters Gogri Family in 2015.

9) Testbook, Mumbai based online exam preparation site received $15 million in 2014 to develop their strategy and increase their visibility across the geographies.

10) TutorGroup, this Asia based online education platform offering online lessons raised $100Million growth equity in March 2014.

11) PathBrite that offers a portfolio-learning platform for educators and lifelong learners, raised $3.7 million in June 2014.

12) If You Can Company, the new startup that uses game play to teach children social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, raised a $6.5M which included Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Fund, and Greylock Partners.

13) Clever, that enables K-12 schools to take full advantage of the game-changing world of digital learning by reinventing the set up, management and log in process for education software raised a $10.3Million in December, 2014 investors include Bessemer Ventures, Google Ventures, SV Angel, and Sequoia Capital.

14) Desire2Learn providing cloud (SaaS) based learning solutions and provides an open and extensible platform to clients in higher education, & K-12, raised $80 Million in 2014, which included New Enterprise Associates and OMERS Ventures.

15) Knewton, Based in New York, the company has raised $105Million, which included Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders Fund, Accel Partners, FirstMark Capital, First Round Capital, Atomico and GSV Capital.

16) Open English, an online school created to reinvent the English-language-learning topped the list of most well funded companies. The company raised of total $120Million, which included Insight Venture Partners, Flybridge Capital Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures and Kaszek Ventures.

17) Pluralsight raised $135 million from Insight Venture Partners, Felicis Ventures, Iconiq Capital & Sorenson Capital. Platform focuses on providing high-quality online training to IT learners.  

18) Dude Solutions, This leading provider of SaaS operation software for education raised $100 million from Wargburg Pincus.

19) Yik Yak, an online platform where students connect with their teachers and get the live feeds raised $72 million from Kevin Collertan, Vaizra Investments, Azure Capital Partners & Sequoia Capital.

20) KnowRe, an online adaptive learning platform that raised $6.8 million in October, 2014 by Partners Investment, Sparklabs Global Ventures, Softbank Ventures, BlackBerry Partners Fund & KTB Ventures.  

21) Craftsy, the premier destination for learning raised $ 50 million on November 13, 2014 by Adam Street Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, Tiger Global Management, Stripes Group, Access Venture Partners & Foundary Group.

22) Verbling, the platform for language learners using video chat technology raised $1.7 million by Funders Club & Draper Fiser Jurvetson in the starting of 2015.

23) Renaissance Learning is a k-12 assessment and learning company based in US that raised $40 million by Google Capital.  

24) Udacity, a provider of online courses and credentials raised an amount of $35 million on September 24, 2014 by recruit holdings, George Zachary, Peter Levine, CRV, Andreessen Horowitz, Cox Enterprises, Valor Capital Group, Bertelsmann, & Drive Capital.

25) General Assembly, a global educational institute raised $35 million in 2014 by QueensBridge Venture Partners, Rethink Education, Maverson, IVP, GSV Capital, & WTI.

26) Remind, the mobile app that connects teachers, students and their parents raised $40 million in September 2014 by First Round, The Social+Capital Partnership, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

27) Code HS, the online site that teaches high schoolers coding raised $1.8 million in January, 2015 by StartX, Seven Peaks Ventures, Kapor Capital, NewSchool Venture Fund, & Learn Capital.

28) NoRedInk, a web based learning platform supporting students to improve their grammar and writing skills raised $6 million in February 2015 by Fresco Capital, Rethink Education, Kapor Capital & True Ventures.

29) eSpark raised funding in May 2015 by Reach Capital. The eSpark platform provides everything a school needs to support personalized blended learning on iPads.

30) Code.org is a non-profit foundation focusing on developing computer programming education raised product crowd funding of $2.8 million in November 2014

31) Grovo is reinventing learning for the 21st century workforce; it raised $15 million in February 2015 by Greg Waldorf, Costanoa Venture Capital, SoftTech VC & Accel Partners.

32) Classting, an educational service that reflects the trends of the students and leads active participation raised $3.5 million in October 2014 by Partners Investment. 

33) Sidewalk delivers value to students through partnership in college bookstores and online. It raised $6 million debt financing in May 2015.

34) Techpoint (Indiana) raised venture funding of $2.4 million in August, 2014.  It is the growth initiative that attracts talent, grow startups, connect, educate and promote the EdTech community. 

35) Skillshare, an online platform to learn real world skills raised an amount of $6.1 million in February 2014 by Oliver Jung, Union Square Ventures & Spark Capital

36) LearnSprout, the first and only solution that makes big data analytical possible for non-technical educators raised $4.2 million in May 2014 by Justin Tan, Samsung Ventures & Formation 8.  

37) ThinkCERCA, the award winning education technology that teaches critical thinking raised $3.2 million in March 2015 by Jason Henrichs, Chuck Templeton, Great Oaks Ventures Capitals, Amicus Capital, Math Venture Partners, & Follett Knowledge Fund.

38) ClassWallet , a way to collect, spend and track money for classrooms the digital way raised 1.9 million seed funding in july,2015 by MavericxLab,  Accelerated Growth Partners, William Guttman, Kaplan Ventures, & NewSchools Venture Fund.

39) Picmonic that brings the power of social visual platform learning raised $1.3 million in October 2014. 

40) Zaption, the revolution in video learning that offers the best of the class technology raised $1.5 million seed funding in may, 2015 by Telegraph Hill Capital, Scion Capital, Redcrest Enterprises, & NewSchools Venture Fund.

41) EdCast, a personal learning network and a cloud platform raised $6 million in September, 2014 by co.lab, StartX, NewSchools Venture Fund, Aarin Capital, Cervin Ventutres, Novel TMT Ventures, MenIo Ventures, Kapor Capital, & Softbank capital.

42) SchoolMint that helps schools and families manage the admission process simply and cost effectively by bringing the enrollment process online raised the amount of $2.2 million in September, 2014 by Fresco Capital, Bodley Group, Tim Ranzetta, Jared Kopf, Romulus Capital, Imagine K-12, Kapor Capital, Crosslink Capital, Runa Capital & NewSchools Venture Fund.

43) StudyPool, an online marketplace where students can question tutors to help them raised $1.2 million in March 2015 by 500 startups, Great Oaks Venture Capitals, Jose Marin, Fabric Grinda, & Lerer Hippeau Ventures.

44) Fresh Grade raised $4.3 million in August 2014 by The Social+Capital Partnership, Accel Partners, Emerson Collective, & NewSchools Venture Fund.

It is an online assessment and communication platform that connects teachers and parents for all the academic information of the students.

45) Mystery Science that provides open and go lessons to inspire kids to love science via their exclusive online resources raised $500K in April 2014 by 500 Startups, NewSchools Venture Fund & Learn Capital.

46) Kedzoh creates 100% mobile lessons to democratize knowledge raised $115K in January 2014 by Start You Up Accelerator & Startup Brazil.

47) Sqore , the global company specialized certifying knowledge and skills  raised  $3.5 million in February,2015 by NorthZone. 

48) Kahoot!, A global educational brand that provides game based platform for learning raised seed investment of $6.5 million in June 2015.

49) TutStu an open crowd sourced online tutoring marketplace and platform raised $2K seed investment On January 1, 2014.

50) NewSela, an educational technology startup providing daily news articles that are extracted from national and regional newspaper. It raised $6 million in September, 2014 by Owl Ventures, LP, Kapor Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund, Cambridge Information Group & Knight Foundation.

51) MasteryConnect that provides evaluation tools to teachers so that they can assess performance of the kids raised 2 rounds of investment during 2014. On September 24, 2014, the company raised $ 15.2 million from Trinity Ventures and Catamount Ventures and earlier the year on March 5, 2014 an amount of $ 3.4 million was raised by Catamaount Ventures, Deborah Quazzo, Learn Capital and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.    

52) Learn Zillion, The digital curriculum and professional learning platform that helps schools to set new standards raised findings in the second quarter of 2015.

53) GitHub, one of the worlds largest code host that simplify sharing codes raised $ 250 million on July 29, 2015 by Sequoia Capital, Andreesen Horowitz, Institutional Venture Partners and Thrive Capital.   

Do you know of more education startups that received funding in 2014-2015? Do mention in the comment box below.  

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