[Funding alert] Edtech startup Gradeup raises $7M in Series A funding from Times Internet

Exam preparation platform Gradeup will utilise the funds to enhance its technology and product capabilities, diversify offerings, and scale its academic team.

5th Nov 2019
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Exam preparation startup Gradeup on Monday said it had received $7 million in Series A funding from Times Internet. This is the second fundraise for Gradeup, taking the total funds raised by the startup to $10 million.


According to the company, Gradeup will use the funds to enhance its technology and product capabilities, diversify offerings, and scale its academic team.


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The Co-founders of Gradeup: Shobhit Bhatnagar (left), Sanjeev Kumar, and Vibhu Bhushan.



Started in 2015, Gradeup claims to help more than 15 million exam aspirants prepare effectively for competitive examinations like JEE, NEET, IBPS, SSC, TET, GATE, and UPSC among others. Gradeup’s flagship offering is Gradeup Classroom, which provides live courses from faculties across India.


The programme further engages students through live classes, interactive quizzes, mock tests, 24x7 mentorship, and others.


Speaking on the investment, Shobhit Bhatnagar, Co-founder and CEO, Gradeup, said,


“This round of investment from one of the largest internet enterprises across India is an endorsement of our will to build the most effective edtech solution in the country. We are investing fresh funds to further build our live online coaching platform, scale our academic team to 100 faculties and 200 subject matter experts, and to expand further in Tier II, III, and IV towns.”


Gradeup’s platform also includes exam-specific communities, which enable students to interact with fellow peers and mentors, ask questions, share updates, and access free study material.


 Speaking on the investment decision, Gautam Sinha, CEO Times Internet, said,


“Gradeup has been able to build the largest online student communities in India, and we are excited to be partners in their mission to improve education in India.” 


Considering the traction that its live online courses have received so far, Gradeup expects the number of enrollments to touch 60,000 students by the end of FY20, and cross 150,000 by the end of FY21.


(Edited by Teja Lele Desai)



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