Edutech startup Eruditus, which works with top universities globally to offer more than 100 executive-level courses to students in over 80 nations, raised $650 million in a new financing round led by Accel and SoftBank Vision Fund 2.
The Mumbai-based startup new round of funding includes both primary and secondary transactions — values the ten-year-old Indian startup at $3.2 billion, up from about $700 million a year ago. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board also participated in the new round.
Eruditus, which counts Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Sequoia Capital India among its backers, maintains a tie-up with over 30 top-tier universities, including MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, INSEAD, Wharton, UC Berkeley, IIT, IIM and NUS. The universities and Eruditus work to develop courses that are aimed at offering higher education to students. These courses cost anything between $5,000 to $40,000.
The startup is founderd by Chaitanya K and Ashwin Damera. The startup said it will deploy the fresh funds to develop more courses and build new products.
Eruditus Cofounder and Chief Executive Offficer Ashwin Damera said with this fundraise, the company is excited to scale unique business model.
“It will help us to continue to deliver strong learning outcomes, and grow our global impact at a rapid rate,” said Ashwin Damera. He has sold stake worth as much as $100 million in the new round.
The new fundraise comes at a time when Indian startups are raising record capital from high-profile investors. India, which is the world’s second largest internet market, has produced over 23 unicorns this year (Eruditus is the 23rd), up from 11 last year and 6 in 2019.
Some investors have also doubled down on the South Asian market after China, one of the other rare big growth markets, enforced a series of regulatory changes that has wiped hundreds of billions of dollars in recent weeks.
Eruditus is SoftBank’s second major bet on India’s edtech market. The Japanese investment firm has also backed Unacademy.
UpGrad, a Bangalore-based startup that specialises in higher education and upskilling courses, joined the unicorn club earlier this week. VerSe Innovation, which operates news aggregator service Dailyhunt and short video apps Josh, said early Thursday that it has raised over $450 million in a new financing round.