Indias most valued ed-tech company, Byjus, said on Wednesday it has raised $150 million in its latest round of funding led by Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar.
This investment marks QIA and Owls first-ever investment in an Indian. The round also saw participation of Owl Ventures, an education technology investor.
This new round will helpfund its plans related to international market expansion and creation of highly innovating and engaging learning products for students across the globe.
Indian ed-tech firms attracting interest from eminent investors demonstrates that India is pioneering the digital learning space globally. High adoption and 85% annual renewal from small towns and cities shows the increasing acceptance of digital learning as a primary tool for learning at home, said Byju Raveendran, founder and chief executive, Byjus - The Learning App, in a statement.
Byjus is positioned as a leader at the intersection of technology, media and content in education. It is a good example of a product company out of India with a business model that combines fast growth at scale with profitability.
This investment underscores QIAs strong commitment to the education sector and our focus on investing in leading innovators in the TMT (technology, media and telecom) industry globally, Mansoor Al-Mahmoud, CEO of QIA, said.
In December, Bengaluru-based Think and Learn Pvt. Ltd, which runs ed-tech startup Byjus, had raised $540 million in a funding round led by Naspers, a South African tech conglomerate.(CPPIB) also contributed to the massive funding round.
“With the worlds largest school-age population of 260 million, Indias education sector is at an inflection point. Byjus has been at the forefront of providing quality auxiliary education to new-age learners. This new partnership with Byjus reinforces our commitment to creating the best and most unique learning journeys for every student," said Amit Patel, managing director, Owl Ventures.
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