Bengaluru-based edtech startup BYJU\u2019s has raised $50 Mn funding led by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), which was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, along with Sequoia Capital. Sofina, Lightspeed Ventures, and Times Internet Ltd are the other investors who participated in the round.\r\n\r\nThis is the first investment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in Asia.\r\n\r\nThe investment came in close after Sequoia India and Sofina infused $75 Mn in the company in March 2016. \u201cThe Chan Zuckerberg Initiative supports innovative models of learning wherever they are around the world,\u201d said Vivian Wu at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, who will join BYJU\u2019s board. \u201cEducation can give young people and their families a path to a better future, and families in India work hard to give their children that chance. BYJU's represents an opportunity to help even more students develop a love for learning and unlock their potential,\u201d Wu added.\r\n\r\nThe newly-raised funds will be deployed to fuel international expansion and inspire additional funding investments from leading companies around the world.\r\n\r\nFounded in 2011 by Byju Raveendran,\u00a0BYJU\u2019s offers learning programmes for class 6-12 & test preparation for JEE, AIPMT, CAT, IAS, GRE & GMAT. It launched BYJU\u2019s\u2013The Learning App in 2015.\r\n\r\nThe app makes use of original content, watch-and-learn videos, rich animations and interactive simulations that make learning contextual and visual. The app adapts to the learning style of each student, inviting them to explore different concepts and suggest a learning footprint for the student, which can also address any gaps in learning. The company aims to inspire a lifelong love for learning.\r\n\r\nAs mentioned in the press release, a survey revealed that 79% of parents accept that using BYJU's app improved their children\u2019s learning dramatically, and another 17% said it improved their learning significantly.\r\n\r\nAs claimed by the company, it has been growing at a M-o-M rate of 15% and the revenues in the first five months of this financial year (FY-17) has already crossed the FY-16 revenue of $18 Mn (INR 120 Cr). \u00a0To date, there have been 5.5 million app downloads, 250K annual subscribers, with 30,000 students being added in the last one month alone. Also, the founders boast that with an average engagement rate of 40 minutes per day and 90% of users renewing their subscription, BYJU\u2019s is proving to be effective at improving learning outcomes and engaging India\u2019s students.\r\n\r\n\u201cLightspeed has invested in education technology companies in the US, China and India,\u201d said Dev Khare, Managing Director, Lightspeed India Partners Advisors. \u201cAmongst all the companies globally, Byjus\u2019 market leading education offering is unique and transformational because it is specifically geared with a differentiated pedagogy to the needs of India\u2019s 250 million students.\u201d\r\n\r\nEarlier this year, Mumbai-based edtech startup, Testbook raised an undisclosed amount of funding from publishing house S. Chand and Company. Other players in this segment include Avagmah, iProf, Meritnation, Simplilearn, Englishleap, etc.