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Edtech platform Emeritus raises $650 from SoftBank, Accel others

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Emeritus is an Edtech company in partnership with top-tier universities in America, India, China, and many other developing countries to bring world-class business and professional education to the global audience. It has partnered with more than 55 universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia, and the prestigious IIT and IIM of India. They offer courses in Spanish and Portuguese etc. With offices in six countries, 650 plus employees, and more than 50,000 enrollments over the last 12 months Emeritus is a global leader in the global professional education market.

Emeritus has raised a total of $1B in funding over 3 rounds. Their latest funding was raise on March 8, 2022, from a Debt financing round. From equity to debt investment, there are various ways to receive a funding.

Among all types of funding, equity funding is a better one as it has no repayment pressure. Since a startup is a firm that is in the initial stage of development, Startups are high-cost and low-revenue businesses so the funding goes directly to the people or group of people, which allows the company to grow in a very positive manner.

Emeritus is funde by 3 investors. CPP investments and Sequoia Capital India are the most recent investors.

Emeritus had acquired ID Tech for $200M. Since the pandemic, outbreak Edtech companies are at their peak, and by providing accessible and affordable educational programs Emeritus is among one of the best ed-tech in the modern world whose emphasis unlike others is to provide quality business education to the students.

Its short courses, degree courses, and senior executive courses help people in going through new skills.

Many consider the Softbank group as venture capitalists but they consider themselves “Vision Capitalists”. According to its CEO, Softbank will challenge itself to realize the “implementation of Digitization into society” Emeritus, an EdTech platform used by some of the world’s top universities and other educational institutions for online courses, said on Thursday that it raised $650M in a funding round led by Softbank group, Vision fund, and Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel.

The company’s total valuation is $3.2B, quadrupling its valuation from the last round of funding in August 2020. The bulk of Emeritus’s business is in courses for alternative credentials. Other existing investors of the company are Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan and Sequoia capital India advisors. The recent funding round for emeritus happened on 8 march 2022, and it was a debt financing round.

Accel or Accel partners work with startups in seed, early, and growth stage investment. The company has its head office in California and San Francisco with additional operating funds in London.

Accel had funded many technology companies including Facebook, Flipkart, Spotify, Dropbox, etc.

Softbank and Accel are among the topmost companies which provided essential funding to Edtech company Emeritus.

This funding provided Emeritus an opportunity to perform in a much more efficient way.

Emeritus is an Edtech Unicorn and it has raised $350 million in Canada pension plan investment board via its subsidiary CPPIB credit investments. It claims that after funding has been completed it will have raised one billion dollars in debt and equity.

Emeritus had supported the learning of 250,000 people in more than 80 countries and almost a year before they launched themselves in the UK.

It prefers to focus on partners rather than customer targets. Emeritus has attracted $1B dollar in financing to date to meet the market demand. Of its founding idea and principles.

Emeritus cofounder and CEO Ashwin said that “I was fortunate to have access to a very high-quality education. The quality education opened which they got from Harvard opened many doors and laid the foundation for what the company had achieved to date.

It has collaborated with Universities like Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford. A question arises in the mind of people how did the cofounder of the company convince such an august learning organizations to trust them.

With its offices in the cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Shanghai, and Singapore etc, its dramatic growth trajectory has allowed the company to attract a staggering $1 billion in funding over three rounds. Despite its enormous funding war chest, the company was bootstrapped from the beginning. “For the first six years they never raised any capital”, a working methodology was pretty much down to earth.

In Early 2017, they realized that it actually worked for them as they were working for one university at a time. They did realize that they could actually build a global business.

Their vision is to reach up to one million students in near future. The company is actually bothered about the quality outcome and they want 85% of students to complete their courses.

There are a lot of Ed-tech companies all around the world and in India as well, but what makes Emeritus different from them is it emphasizes management courses. With all the funding they obtained they are aiming to hire more qualified professionals.

India is rich in Management organizations like IIM, and they are going to get the required number of people in a very efficient manner who will make management education accessible and affordable for everyone. They are aiming to hire more than 1,000 people this year.

The Ed-tech company will use the funding to fuel mergers. As remote learning continues to boom coming out of the pandemic, Emeritus is well-ready to meet the market demand.

It firmly believes in Education for all, so it is trying to make education accessible and affordable for all by utilizing its investment.

It is trying its best to reach all the categories of students in an efficient manner and trying to impact more learners and improve their profitability. In the Financial year 2021, it reached learners in more than 80 countries. Emeritus has raised new standards by making education affordable and accessible for all.

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