Codingal Education, an online platform that provides classes on coding for K-12 students, has raised $1.2 million in its seed funding round led by Y Combinator, Summer Capital, Day One Syndicate, and Rebright Partners.
Prominent angel investors Nate Lipscomb (Senior Product Counsel, YouTube), Ganesh Rengaswamy (Managing Partner, Quona Capital), and Peter Weck (Co-founder, Simply Hired and StoryJumper) have also participated in the round.
Other angel investors in the latest funding round include Ashish Toshniwal (Founder, Y Media Labs), Viral Bajaria (Co-founder, 6Sense), Shashank Kumar (Co-founder, Razorpay), Karthik Ramakrishnan (Senior Leader, Alexa), and Hiro Mizushima (Angel investor and Japanese actor).
According to the official statement, the company will utilize the latest fundraise to grow, nurture and empower the company’s rapidly growing community of K-12 students and coding teachers. The funding will also be used to further develop their proprietary platform for an improved and personalized learning experience.
Condingal Education offers coding classes by learning software and video conferencing and conducts live classes for children from Grade 1-12. It provides three types of coding classes: "Rising Coding Star", "Coding Champion", and "Coding Prodigy".
Launched in September 2020 by IIT-Roorkee alumni Vivek Prakash and IIT-Dhanbad alumni Satyam Baranwal, the Bengaluru-based startup aims to add 500,000 new students to its platform in a year’s time. Codingal is on a mission to inspire school kids to fall in love with coding. Its unique curriculum teaches coding scientifically by combining BIDE, STEAM, and BLOOM's Taxonomy.
Speaking about the recent development, Vivek Prakash, Co-founder & CEO of Codingal, said,
"Our mission is to inspire school kids to fall in love with coding, and we are building Codingal to deliver high-quality computer science education combined with world-class coding competitions. Codingal plans to build a robust passion economy marketplace for coding education that brings together the best-in-class educators and students who are eager to learn to code. We believe that we are just getting started and this fundraiser will help us realise our true ambitions. We are thankful to our investors for supporting us in our journey."
The platform also offers the unique feature to personalize the curriculum according to the interest and aptitude of each child. It strives to make learning computer science a fun activity that children look forward to. The company is constantly working to make sessions and activities as interactive and entertaining for the kids as possible.
Satyam Baranwal, Co-founder and COO of Codingal, added,
"In less than a year of its launch, Codingal has offered over 100,000 students from over 5,000 schools a platform to learn coding via community-led coding competitions and live 1-on-1 classes with its highly trained Computer Science teachers. We have also hosted over 100 coding competitions so far and received over 100,000 project and code submissions by students on the Codingal platform. It is heartening to witness the inception and growth of a thriving community of students, parents, and highly trained teachers interested in coding."
The startup has partnered with reputed educational institutions and technology companies to host coding competitions and promote coding culture among school students. These include the likes of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IIT Roorkee, IIT Guwahati, BITS Pilani, DPS, BGS National Public School, among others.
Condingal Education claims to have grown 30 percent month-on-month since its launch and currently generates over 20 percent revenue from international customers.
The company raised an undisclosed amount of funding led by Y Combinator in February 2021. In November last year, it raised $560,000 seed funding from Rebright Partners, Java Capital, and GSF Accelerator.