Crehana, a leading education technology platform for companies and individuals focused on closing the reskilling and upskilling gap in Latin America, recently announced that it has raised $70 million in a Series B round led by General Atlantic.
The round is the largest Series B funding for an education technology company in Latin America and comes just months after it raised a $13 million Series A extension round. According to a press statement, Crehana will leverage the funding to expand its enterprise solution, launch operations in Brazil, and invest in new products and technologies.
Founded by Diego Olcese and Rodolfo Dañino in 2015, Crehana is disrupting the Latin American workforce development industry by delivering a single-point-of-contact for enterprises to access an array of tools that assist through the entire employee learning and development journey, including assessing skill gaps in an existing employee base, learning path recommendations, and progress tracking, among other solutions.
Crehana seeks to deliver a fruitful learning experience. The company is focused on the quality and delivery of its courses, controlling the entire value chain from the sourcing of instructors to the production, distribution, and consumption of content. Crehana works with more than 400 experts to offer over 700 courses that teach 100,000+ techniques and competencies. Importantly, courses are meant to be localized, offer a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning, and maximize engagement between instructors, mentors, and students, culminating with a final personal project that validates the learning and provides employers and students with concrete feedback on opportunities for constant development.
Speaking about the company, Diego Olcese, Founder and CEO of Crehana, said,
“Our mission is to make career development universal and empower Latin American companies to effectively build their teams in the fast-paced world in which we’re living. Over the past 18 months, we’ve experienced record high growth, and we see the market only accelerating. Today, more than 50% of our revenues come from Crehana for Business. With this new capital, we aim to double down on deepening our skills and learning ecosystem for the enterprise. Our goal is to provide talent managers with automated machine learning and AI-driven tools that can enable effective understanding of the gaps on their teams and deliver the necessary value-added support to address them.”
Crehana claims to have witnessed triple-digit growth in 2020. This year, the company plans to continue to accelerate its growth, focusing on aggressively scaling Crehana for Business, its enterprise-grade learning ecosystem, throughout Latin America.
Crehana for Business operates on a flexible, cloud-based SaaS model, providing multiple learning modules that can be packaged and priced according to the needs of its customers. Individual users can also buy subscriptions directly from the platform, starting at $100 per year. The company plans to grow its sales, technology, and support teams throughout its current Latin American footprint and launch operations in Brazil.
Luis Cervantes, Managing Director and Head of the Mexico City office at General Atlantic, said on the funding,
“Crehana fits well in our investment theme of disruption of the traditional education industry. We’re seeing more individuals trading traditional education for job market-oriented, shorter-duration degrees, and simultaneously, corporations more urgently seeking to upskill and reskill their workforces. We believe digital education will increase access to life-changing opportunities for lower-income populations across Latin America and are proud to partner with Crehana to expand access to its innovative platform.”
As part of the transaction, Luis Cervantes and Zeev Thepris, Vice President at General Atlantic, will join Crehana’s Board of Directors.
The latest funding brings Crehana's total capital raised to $95 million. Other investors include Mountain Nazca, Salesforce Ventures, Rethink Education, ALIVE Ventures, IFC, and Dila Capital, among others.