Officially launched in 2012, Bertelsmann India Investments is an early-stage as well as growth-focussed investment arm of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA in India. Their core focus areas include digital, education, media, and services sectors.
The freshly infused funds will be used to add new programmes, university partners and to expand geographical presence to China, Latin America, and Europe.
Commenting on the development, Pankaj Makkar, Managing Director, Bertelsmann India Investments said, “Demand for high quality educational services, particularly in the business sector, is growing fast in India and Southeast Asia. Eruditus meets this demand with classroom, online and blended-learning offers, giving more people access to global business education. Its collaboration with top Ivy League universities guarantees the highest quality.”
Founded in 2010 by Chaitanya Kalipatnapu and Ashwin Damera, Mumbai-based Eruditus offers working professionals of India, Singapore, Dubai and other locations a development programmes in collaboration with INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Wharton, MIT Sloan, and Columbia Business School. Company delivers these programmes either online or through classrooms located globally.
“Our team of 100 people is based across Singapore, Dubai, India and the United States. Bertelsmann is a great partner given its global footprint, its expertise in education and its success in scaling business by working closely with the founding team,” said Chaitanya Kalipatnapu, co-founder and Director of Eruditus.
To provide online courses to mid level executive, Eruditus has also partnered with the Emeritus Institute of Management. Emeritus follows the SPOC (small, private, online courses) model to provide six to eight week online courses which cost between $30K – $40K. They have more than 20 programmes, of which the most opted programmes are on design thinking, personal leadership, and digital business offerings.
As per Chaitanya Kalipatnapu, over 5,000 students from over 50 countries have enrolled for their programmes.
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