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Countless Higher Education startups are being launched every day.

Many fail because they did not learn from the success of other companies who've managed to rise above.

We just published this list of 25 well-known and fast-growing Higher Education companies that impressed investors.


25 Higher Education Startups

1) BYJU’S

1) BYJU’S

BYJU'S is an educational technology firm that creates tailored learning programs for kids in grades K through 12.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Byju Raveendran, Divya Gokulnath
  • Number of employees: 10001+
  • Funding amount: $2,745,964,432
  • Number of funding rounds: 18
  • Number of investors: 38

You can find their website here.

2) Lambda School

2) Lambda School

Lambda School provides free software engineering training in exchange for a percentage of future earnings.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Austen Allred, Ben Nelson, Caleb Hicks
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $122,120,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 32

You can find their website here.

3) Upswing

3) Upswing

Upswing is a student services platform that helps schools and universities boost student retention.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Austin
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Alex Pritchett, Chris Webb, Melvin Hines
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $10,045,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 28

You can find their website here.

4) Nexford University

4) Nexford University

A cutting-edge online institution that gives students access to high-quality, affordable, and dynamic education.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Washington D.C.
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Fadl Al Tarzi
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $18,100,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

5) Full Measure Education

5) Full Measure Education

Full Measure Education assists students in enrolling, completing, and obtaining a family-sustaining job.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Washington D.C.
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Greg Davies, Robert Abraham
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $15,620,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

6) Emeritus

6) Emeritus

Emeritus is an edtech startup that partners with leading universities around the world to offer online business and professional degrees.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Singapore
  • City: Singapore
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Ashwin Damera, Chaitanya Kalipatnapu
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $40,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

7) Shaw Academy

7) Shaw Academy

Shaw Academy is on a quest to use unique technologies to give higher education at a lesser cost.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Ireland
  • City: Dublin
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Adrian Murphy, James Egan
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: € 7,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1

You can find their website here.

8) Red Ventures

8) Red Ventures

A collection of well-known businesses, digital platforms, and strategic alliances that assist individuals in making life's most significant decisions.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Fort Mill
  • Started in: 2000
  • Founders: Dan Feldstein, Mark Brodsky, Ric Elias
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding amount: $250,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

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9) Purdue University

9) Purdue University

Purdue University's main campus is in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: West Lafayette
  • Started in: 1869
  • Founders: Jessica Huber, John Purdue
  • Funding amount: $23,150,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

10) Virohan

10) Virohan

Virohan is an EdTech startup that provides students with healthcare vocational training so that they can pursue a career in the field.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Gurgaon
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Archit Jayasal, Kunaal Dudeja, Nalin Saluja, Paarul Dudeja
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $3,450,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 9

You can find their website here.

11) Vemo Education

11) Vemo Education

Assisting schools in assisting pupils. We collaborate with colleges and training institutions to develop and maintain income-based financing packages.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Arlington
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Bill Brosseau, Jeff Weinstein, Renée Mang, Tonio DeSorrento
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $9,400,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 9

You can find their website here.

12) Descomplica

12) Descomplica

Descomplica is an online educational platform that helps students prepare for college admission exams.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Brazil
  • City: Rio De Janeiro
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Marco Fisbhen
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $130,613,111
  • Number of funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 19

You can find their website here.

13) iNurture

13) iNurture

iNurture Education Solutions offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are relevant to the industry.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Ashwin Ajila, R Lakshminarayanan
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $16,087,623
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 6

You can find their website here.

14) meritnation.com

14) meritnation.com

With over 8.2 million K-12 students, it is India's largest online education portal.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: New Delhi
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Pavan Chauhan, Ritesh Hemrajani
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding amount: $11,400,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 1

You can find their website here.

15) Pesto Tech

15) Pesto Tech

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Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: New Delhi
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Andrew Linfoot, Ayush Jaiswal
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $2,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 17

You can find their website here.

16) WizKlub

16) WizKlub

Wizklub has developed and nurtured Higher Order Thinking Skills in children in a unique way.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Swarup Vijh
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: ₹130,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

17) Entri

17) Entri

Entri is a platform for teachers and students to learn vernacular languages.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Kochi
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Mohammed Hisamuddin, Rahul Ramesh
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $4,300,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 5

You can find their website here.

18) Leverage Edu

18) Leverage Edu

A marketplace powered by artificial intelligence to assist students with their higher education and job development goals.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: New Delhi
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Akshay Chaturvedi
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $11,773,326
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 21

You can find their website here.

19) Magic Ears

19) Magic Ears

Magic Ears teaches youngsters in China how to communicate in English through an online immersive environment.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Lei Jin
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $27,943,146
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

20) Sanar

20) Sanar

Sanar is a platform that focuses on serving as a guide and support for doctors, providing specific content that aids in their professional development.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Brazil
  • City: Salvador
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Ubiraci Mercês
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $11,500,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

21) Skill Lync

21) Skill Lync

Skill Lync is developing a platform for alternative engineering. Job-leading engineering courses are available through Skill-Lync.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Chennai
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Sarangarajan Iyengar, Suryanarayanan Paneerselvam
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $150,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 1

You can find their website here.

22) Huikedu Group

22) Huikedu Group

Huikedu is a Beijing-based education company that provides services and products in higher education and vocational education.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Alec Fang
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding amount: $302,195,048
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 5

You can find their website here.

23) EasyTransfer

23) EasyTransfer

The most popular student financial services site in China.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Michael Shang, Tony Gao
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $14,898,911
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 8

You can find their website here.

24) Univariety

24) Univariety

Univariety is an Ed-tech firm that provides an online platform that utilizes school-based career and college advice modules.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Hyderabad
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Jaideep Gupta, Varun Aggarwal
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $3,105,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

25) Wanxue Education

25) Wanxue Education

Wanxue Haiwen offers advanced non-academic education courses to persons with a bachelor's degree or higher.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 1988
  • Founders: Rui Zhang
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding amount: $121,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 7

You can find their website here.

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