EdTech News Europe

EdTech News Europe: TES Resources, LEO Learning and ABA English

Here is our weekly rundown of the edtech news covered by our sister site EDUKWEST Europe.

This week we got news from TES Global, announcing that the next version of TES Resources will introduce paid downloads. Learning Technologies Group merged Epic and LINE Communications into a new brand: LEO Learning. ABA English, an English learning platform from Spain raised €2.5 million.

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EdTech Funding Asia

EdTech Funding Asia: Fliplingo, PhilSmile, Wanxue, Yuantiku and Taamkru

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In this Asia edition of EdTech Funding News we cover rounds that took place in June and July.

Fliplingo, a translation service for Twitter raised a $150k Seed Round. PhilSmile, an education payment service for Filipino overseas workers raised an undisclosed amount of seed investment. Chinese test prep platform Wanxue raised an undisclosed Series C, probably in the tens of millions range. Yuantiku, another Chinese test prep platform, raised a $15 million Series C. Last but not least, Taamkru, a developer of web and mobile apps for pre-schoolers out of Thailand, raised a $620k Seed Round.

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Google Translate Community

Google enters Crowdsourcing with launch of Translate Community

Google announced the launch of the Translate Community with the aim to improve Google Translate through crowdsourcing better translations for the 80 currently supported languages and to eventually launch new language options with the help of its users.

In the community members can vote on existing translations and generate new ones. Google also added a new feature to Google Translate that enables anyone to contribute directly even without signing up to the Translate Community.

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Flipkart E-Learning

With $1 billion in new Funding Flipkart eyes E-Learning

Flipkart, India’s biggest online retailer, has apparently raised $1 billion in new funds which would make this the biggest ever investment raised by an Indian e-commerce company and one of the biggest rounds of 2014 worldwide.

Given the amount of new investment reported by the Economic Times to be accurate, Flipkart’s total funding raised comes to $1.7 billion at a $5 billion valuation. The official announcement of the round is expected in the coming weeks.

Update: Flipkart confirmed the $1 billion round on July 29th via Twitter.

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Duolingo Test Center

HEDLINE: Duolingo Test Center brings Learners a $20 Version of the TOEFL

As announced earlier this year, Duolingo has officially launched its Duolingo Test Center this week. The first test learners can take via the platform is an English test. For the moment the test is free, but will it eventually cost $20.

The test can be taken via an Android device or the Google Chrome browser and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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Kaplan EdTech Accelerator 2014

Overview: The Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Class of 2014

Today Kaplan announced the twelve edtech startups that will take part in its second accelerator program. The Kaplan EdTech Accelerator is in partnership with Techstars and takes place in New York City over the course of three months.

The participants were chosen out of a total of 500 applications which is 50% more compared with last year’s batch according to Ed Hanapole, CIO at Kaplan. Eight of the twelve participants come out of New York City.

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EdTech Funding News

EdTech Funding: ClusterFlunk, Regent Education and Ellevation Education

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In this edtech funding news roundup we take a look at ClusterFlunk which raised $1 million from Lightbank and Built in Iowa for its online community for college students. Regent Education raised $9 million for its financial aid and enrollment optimization SaaS platform. Last but not least, Ellevation Education raised $2 million for its web-based software solutions for the ELL classroom.

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