Learning Matters, a Bengaluru-based EdTech company that uses artificial intelligence and voice technology to reinvent teaching and learning, has raised pre-series A funding from Lavni Ventures and a group of angel investors.
While the company did not disclose the amount of the funding, it said that it will use the capital to accelerate the development of its flagship EdTech solution ‘Tara’ - a virtual voice teacher - as well as to accelerate its marketing initiatives across India.
Founded by G. Ramamoorthy, Gowri Mahesh, and Saraswathy Ramamoorthy, Learning Matters is fixing the biggest challenge in India’s educational system - reduced teacher proficiency and thereby, poor student learning outcomes - through its distinctive and holistic teacher upskilling and communicative English proficiency programmes. The company’s vision is to make education scalable, sustainable, and impactful.
Speaking about the funding, Ramamoorthy, Co-founder & CEO of Learning Matters, said,
"EdTech has typically, and narrowly, catered to schools and students in cities and in the upper echelons of the society. But the real need lies in the large sector of affordable private schools that urgently need solutions to improve their students’ learning outcomes. Our AI-powered virtual voice teacher Tara has been enabling 1000s of students across the country to achieve their aspirations. Lavni Ventures’ overlapping philosophy on creating a profitable and sustainable venture that is equally focussed on making an impact in the Indian education sector makes their investment in us exciting. The support from our angel investors gives our mission an extra strong thrust."
Learning Matters accomplishes its vision with its focus on upskilling teachers through its educational solutions and services for schools - Tara, a virtual voice teacher that uses Artificial Intelligence and voice technology, and StarTeacher - a professional development and training programme for teachers.
Vasu Guruswamy, Partner and Co-founder of Lavni Ventures, said,
"At Lavni Ventures, we invest in startups that create significant social impact by breaking the barriers to equitable access to technology and expertise in a sustainable manner. We are delighted to invest in Learning Matters which delivers affordable technology-assisted teacher training and English language skilling for students. We look forward to working with the passionate team of Learning Matters to strengthen the educational foundation and improve learning outcomes at scale in government and private unaided schools."