[Funding alert] BYJU'S raises funds from BlackRock, Sands Capital, others

By Press Trust of India|23rd Sep 2020
The latest funds raised by edtech major BYJU'S are part of its $500 million round, which valued the company at $10.8 billion and saw participation from Silver Lake.
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Edtech major BYJU'S on Tuesday said it had raised funding from BlackRock, Sands Capital, and Alkeon Capital.

Existing investors General Atlantic, Owl Ventures, and Tiger Global also participated in this round, it said in a statement.

BYJU'S did not disclose financial details.


Sources said the latest funds were part of the $500 million (about Rs 3,672 crore) round, which valued the company at $10.8 billion, and saw participation from Silver Lake.


Earlier this month, BYJU'S had announced raising funds from Silver Lake and existing investors Tiger Global, General Atlantic, and Owl Ventures.

"We are excited to welcome Blackrock, Sands Capital, and Alkeon as our partners. As we continue to create engaging and personalised learning solutions, partnerships like these reaffirm our commitment to build and transform the global learning landscape through technology, innovation, and quality pedagogy.

"Continued support from our existing investors is a testament of their confidence in us and our mission," BYJU'S founder and CEO Byju Raveendran said in the statement.


The edtech space has seen strong growth globally with the COVID-19 pandemic serving as an inflection point.


Over the last few months, BYJU'S has entered the after-school learning space with the launch of BYJU'S Classes, a comprehensive online tutoring programme. The company has also introduced learning programmes in multiple vernacular languages like Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam, and Gujarati during the lockdown.

Last month, BYJU'S acquired WhiteHat Jr, a Mumbai-based coding platform. With coding fast emerging as a key skill for the future, the company expects the integration will accelerate its international expansion plans.
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Byju Raveendran, Founder and CEO, BYJU'S

Since the lockdown, the company has added over 25 million new students on its platform. Today, the app has over 70 million registered students and 4.5 million annual paid subscriptions, it said.


BYJU'S has raised funds in multiple rounds this year.


Last month, regulatory filings by BYJU'S to the corporate affairs ministry had shown that it has raised about Rs 909 crore from billionaire Yuri Milner-led DST Global, giving the entity 1.2 percent shareholding in the edtech startup.


In June, BYJU'S had raised funding from global technology investment firm BOND, while in February, it had raised about $200 million from General Atlantic.


Edited by Teja Lele Desai

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