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Top 25 Higher Education Startups in 2024

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Have you ever wondered who is on the list of Higher Education companies with the highest growth rates?

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We've decided to take a deep dive and put together a list containing 25 fast-growing Higher Education startups that have top-tier venture capital funding.


25 Higher Education Startups

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1) Emeritus

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
  • State: Central Region
  • City: Singapore
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Ashwin Damera, Chaitanya Kalipatnapu
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $40,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 2 (Sequoia Capital India, Bertelsmann India Investments)

You can find their website here.

2) Shaw Academy

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

You can find their website here.

3) Descomplica

Descomplica

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Brazil
  • State: Rio de Janeiro
  • City: Rio De Janeiro
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Marco Fisbhen
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $130,613,111
  • Funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 19 (SoftBank, 500 Startups, Social Capital, Endeavor Catalyst, Valor Capital Group)

You can find their website here.

4) Sanar

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
  • State: Sao Paulo
  • City: Salvador
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Ubiraci Mercês
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $11,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 4 (Valor Capital Group, Igah, Ventures., DNA Capital, Vox Capital)

You can find their website here.

5) BYJU’S

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
  • State: Karnataka
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Byju Raveendran, Divya Gokulnath
  • Number of employees: 10001+
  • Funding: $2,745,964,432
  • Funding rounds: 18
  • Number of investors: 38 (Silver Lake, Tencent, BlackRock, General Atlantic, DST Global)

You can find their website here.

6) Virohan

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
  • State: Haryana
  • City: Gurgaon
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Archit Jayasal, Kunaal Dudeja, Nalin Saluja, Paarul Dudeja
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $3,450,000
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 9 (AngelList, Keiretsu Forum, Rianta Capital, Rebright Partners, Yunus Social Business)

You can find their website here.

7) iNurture

iNurture

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • State: Karnataka
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Ashwin Ajila, R Lakshminarayanan
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $16,087,623
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 6 (BlackSoil, BDMI, VenturEast, Ascent Capital, Bertelsmann India Investments)

You can find their website here.

8) meritnation.com

meritnation.com

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

Details of the startup:

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

You can find their website here.

9) Pesto Tech

Pesto Tech

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Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • State: Delhi
  • City: New Delhi
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Andrew Linfoot, Ayush Jaiswal
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $2,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 17 (Matrix Partners India, Sahil Lavingia, Zillionize, Anand Chandrasekaran, Ankur Nagpal)

You can find their website here.

10) WizKlub

WizKlub

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • State: Karnataka
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Swarup Vijh
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: ₹130,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2 (Incubate Fund India, Insitor Partners)

You can find their website here.

11) Entri

Entri

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • State: Kerala
  • City: Kochi
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Mohammed Hisamuddin, Rahul Ramesh
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $4,300,000
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 5 (LearnLaunch Accelerator, Innospark Ventures, Good Capital, Kashyap Deorah, Hari T.N)

You can find their website here.

12) Leverage Edu

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
  • State: Delhi
  • City: New Delhi
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Akshay Chaturvedi
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $11,773,326
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 21 (DSG Consumer Partners, Blume Ventures, Trifecta Capital Advisors, Amrish Rau, Alok Mittal)

You can find their website here.

13) Skill Lync

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
  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • City: Chennai
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Sarangarajan Iyengar, Suryanarayanan Paneerselvam
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $150,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 1 (Y Combinator)

You can find their website here.

14) Univariety

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
  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • City: Hyderabad
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Jaideep Gupta, Varun Aggarwal
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $3,105,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2 (Info Edge, People Combine)

You can find their website here.

15) Magic Ears

Magic Ears

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • State: Beijing
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Lei Jin
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $27,943,146
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 4 (Yuanfudao, ZhenFund, Hillhouse Capital Group, Bob Xu ZhenEdu Fund)

You can find their website here.

16) Huikedu Group

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
  • State: Beijing
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Alec Fang
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $302,195,048
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 5 (Fosun RZ Capital, China Oceanwide, Xinlongmai Capital, Qianhe Capital, Beijing Huaruan Jinhong Asset Management)

You can find their website here.

17) EasyTransfer

EasyTransfer

The most popular student financial services site in China.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • State: Beijing
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Michael Shang, Tony Gao
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $14,898,911
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 8 (Accelerator Centre, IDG Capital, ZhenFund, China Equity, Taiyou Fund)

You can find their website here.

18) Wanxue Education

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
  • State: Beijing
  • City: Beijing
  • Started in: 1988
  • Founders: Rui Zhang
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: $121,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 7 (Sequoia Capital, Baidu, DCM Ventures, Legend Capital, Hao Capital)

You can find their website here.

19) Upswing

Upswing

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: Texas
  • City: Austin
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Alex Pritchett, Chris Webb, Melvin Hines
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $10,045,000
  • Funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 28 (Village Capital, JP Morgan Chase, Impact America Fund, Rethink Education, LuminaFoundation)

You can find their website here.

20) Nexford University

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
  • State: District of Columbia
  • City: Washington D.C.
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Fadl Al Tarzi
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $18,100,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 3 (Global Ventures, Future Africa, DAAL)

You can find their website here.

21) Full Measure Education

Full Measure Education

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: District of Columbia
  • City: Washington D.C.
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Greg Davies, Robert Abraham
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $15,620,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2 (Fulcrum Equity Partners, Osage Venture Partners)

You can find their website here.

22) Red Ventures

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
  • State: South Carolina
  • City: Fort Mill
  • Started in: 2000
  • Founders: Dan Feldstein, Mark Brodsky, Ric Elias
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $250,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 4 (Silver Lake, General Atlantic, QED Investors, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)

You can find their website here.

23) Purdue University

Purdue University

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: Indiana
  • City: West Lafayette
  • Started in: 1869
  • Founders: Jessica Huber, John Purdue
  • Funding: $23,150,000
  • Funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 4 (National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

You can find their website here.

24) Vemo Education

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
  • State: Virginia
  • City: Arlington
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Bill Brosseau, Jeff Weinstein, Renée Mang, Tonio DeSorrento
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $9,400,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 9 (Learn Capital, NextGen Venture Partners, Third Kind Venture Capital, Route 66 Ventures, Teamworthy Ventures)

You can find their website here.

25) Lambda School

Lambda School

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

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • City: San Francisco
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Austen Allred, Ben Nelson, Caleb Hicks
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $122,120,000
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 32 (GGV Capital, Stripe, GV, Y Combinator, Soma Capital)

You can find their website here.

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