Category Archives: Funding & Deals

News about funding and deals in education 2.0.

Bertelsmann HotChalk FUNDED 11 2015 EDUKWEST

FUNDED: Bertelsmann invests $230 million in HotChalk

Bertelsmann continues to expand its education portfolio. The media, services and education company announced that it will invest $230 million in higher education solutions provider HotChalk. Through the investment Bertelsmann will become the largest stockholder of the company.

In September Bertelsmann combined its education activities into a separate business unit, Bertelsmann Education Group.

HotChalk provides universities with the tools to bring their degree programs online. Founded in 2004, HotChalk raised a $5 million venture round in 2008.

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Instructure IPO S-1 FUNDED 10 2015 EDUKWEST

FUNDED: Instructure files for $75 million IPO

Instructure filed a S-1 form with the Securities and Exchange Commission, aiming for a $75 million IPO.

Founded in 2008, Instructure has raised close to $80 million in venture capital including a $40 million Series E in February. The two main products are the Canvas LMS for K-12 and Higher Education, and Bridge which targets corporate clients.

More details on Education Week and 24/7 Wall St.

Phoenix E-Learning TAL Education Group FUNDED 10 2015 EDUKWEST

FUNDED: Phoenix E-Learning raises $30 million from TAL Education Group

Phoenix E-Learning Corporation has received a $30 million investment from TAL Education Group. Through the investment TAL Education will hold a 32% equity interest in the company.

Founded in 2003, Phoenix E-Learning operates, an online platform serving the Chinese K-12 sector. The portal is used in over 30,000 public schools totalling more than 15 million registered users.

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Newsela Series B FUNDED 10 2015 EDUKWEST

FUNDED: Newsela raises $15 million Series B

Newsela, a personalized learning platform for literacy, raised a $15 million Series B round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) with participation of Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Women’s Venture Capital Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Owl Ventures.

Founded in 2013, Newsela has raised a total of over $22 million. The product is used by over 400.000 teachers reaching over 4 million students. The funding will be used to accelerate Newsela’s machine learning algorithm.

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AdmitSee Seed FUNDED 10 2015 EDUKWEST

FUNDED: AdmitSee raises $1.8 million Seed

AdmitSee, a marketplace for college admission and career readiness, closed a $1.8 million Seed round from Social + Capital Partnership,, and Imagine K12’s Start Fund.

Founded in 2013, AdmitSee has collected over 50,000 application files and signed up over 1,000 mentors.

Further detail on TechCrunch.