If You Can

HEDLINE: If You Can raises $6.5 million Series A

Abstract

If You Can, an edtech startup that specializes in games to teach children social and emotional skills, raised a $6.5 million Series A led by Greylock Partner with participation by Almaz Capital and others. Greylock’s David Sze will join If You Can’s board.

If You can previously raised $2.8 million from founders, angels and seed funds including Andreessen Horowitz, Founder’s Fund, Maveron and several others.

Key Takeaway

Founded by gaming industry veteran and EA founder Trip Hawkins in January 2013, If You Can Company creates games and applications for social and emotional learning (SEL) to prevent bad behaviour like bullying and cyber-bullying among children.

Along with the new funding comes the announcement of If You Can’s first iPad game “IF…”. Hawkins wants to reach children where they are at as the iPad became a popular gaming device. An application also allows to deliver scalable SEL education outside or even inside the classroom. The target audience of If You Can are 7 to 11 year olds. The game is free but future episodes are going to be paid.

Goal of the game is to learn twenty social emotional skills from five categories, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and decision-making. It has been developed based on several academic and research publications as well as school-based SEL programs to inform its learning content and goals.

The If You Can team “includes some of the most renowned game creators in history, leaders of national educational organizations, and experts in the field of Social and Emotional Learning” says Jessica Berlinski, co-founder of If You Can Company.

Further Reading

  • If You Can, a New Trip Hawkins Startup, Raises $6.5 Million in Series A Funding; Launches Social Emotional Learning Game for iPad | BusinessWire
  • EA Founder Trip Hawkins Raises $6.5M to Teach Empathy Through Games | EdSurge
  • EA founder Trip Hawkins raises $6.5m for If You Can learning games | The Guardian

Links

ifyoucan.org | iTunes

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.