Boston-based Allclasses, a search engine for online and offline classes has raised a $1.5 million Seed Round from Floodgate, Great Oaks, Atlas Venture, Designer Fund, Maiden Lane and a group of angel investors.
Allclasses aims to become the “Kayak for education” by offering an easy way to search for classes based on location, interest and other factors. Though Allclasses claims to be the first to offer such a platform there have been various earlier attempts including emagister out of Spain or TeachStreet out of Seattle which got acquired by Amazon and fellow startups like SkillAcademy out of Egypt that offer very similar if not identical services.
The main difference seems to be that Allclasses automatically scans the web for new offerings whereas earlier search engines relied on either team members or course providers to add the classes to the database.
Allclasses launches with 10.000 searchable classes out of a back catalog that contains over a million offers. The current focus lies on executive education as
“There are an overwhelming number of executive education programs out there and no way to compare them to one another. This is just as much of a disadvantage for education providers as it is for individuals. The only way they can differentiate themselves now is by spending more money on marketing. We want Allclasses to provide a common, complete, and objective view of the marketplace that until now did not exist.”
states Chad Lovell, Allclasses Co-Founder and COO in the press release.
Overall Allclasses focuses on the life-long learner who needs to constantly brush up her skills and knowledge in today’s fast paced work environment.
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