Bengaluru-based edtech startup Unacademy has raised $11.5 Mn in its Series B round of funding led by Sequoia India and SAIF Partners. Existing investors and angels including Nexus Venture Partners and Blume Ventures also participated in the round.
The startup will use the proceeds to accelerate its product and technology as well as scale to other categories including personality development, new languages and job interviews. It will also invest in producing its own knowledge based content with its top educators on the platform. With this round of funding, Unacademy plans to grow 10X and onboard more than 10,000 educators across the globe in 18 months.
Gaurav Munjal, CEO and co-founder, Unacademy stated, “Our vision is to build the world’s largest online knowledge repository by empowering great educators. With the backing of Sequoia and SAIF, we are poised to significantly gain momentum and create the first global education technology product out of India. I’m very excited to kickstart this new phase of growth for Unacademy.”
Unacademy is an online learning platform that empowers educators to create courses on various subjects. The platform currently has more than 50,000 lessons online and over 1.3 Mn registered users and more than 4,000 educators. Over 25% of the educators are active monthly. It is also one of the largest education channels on YouTube India with 1 million subscribers.
Alok Goel, Managing Director, SAIF Partners, said, “Unacademy democratises access to personalised learning by connecting educators and students directly on its platform. We believe it has the potential to disrupt the status quo that limits access to quality education at a global level. With very limited investment, the team has built a strong brand and word-of-mouth reputation. We are delighted to support the team in realising their mission.”
Unacademy And The $1.96 Bn Edtech Market
Unacademy was founded by Gaurav Munjal (ex-founder and CEO Flatchat) along with Roman Saini, Hemesh Singh and Sachin Gupta. It was initially launched as an educational YouTube channel in 2011 and as a free learning platform Unacademy in January 2016.