Engageli, a newly launched startup that aims to build an inclusive digital learning system for students and faculty, has raised $14.5 million in seed funding.
Investors participated in the funding round include BRM, Emerge Education, and individuals such as Alex Balkanski (General Partner at Benchmark Capital), Lip-Bu Tan (CEO of Cadence Design Systems), and Rob Cohen (Former President of 2U).
Founded in 2020 by Dan Avida (General partner at Opus Capital), Serge Plotkin (Stanford emeritus professor) Daphne Koller (Coursera co-founder and Stanford adjunct professor) and Jamie Nacht Farrell (Former executive at 2U and Trilogy), Engageli was designed to optimize student success and deliver engaging teaching and learning experiences across a broad spectrum of needs for higher education.
Engageli encompasses a host of unique tools, specially designed to enrich the inclusive digital learning experience, including table groups and dynamic breakout sessions, instant integration of polls, quizzes and interactive exercises to test knowledge of course content and gallery view and fixed seating with real time engagement data for instructors to better interact with students, regardless of class size.
Speaking about the platform, Dan Avida, Co-founder and CEO of Engageli, said, “We’ve created a platform, built from scratch, specifically designed to improve student success. “Human connection, interaction and inclusion are critical ingredients for engagement and transformative learning in any classroom and Engageli was built on those fundamentals. The Engageli platform gives students and teachers a place to communicate, exchange ideas, work out problems and learn content at a deeper level,” added Daphne Koller, co-founder and board member of Engageli.
Commenting on the funding, Alex Balkanski, a General Partner at Benchmark Capital, said,
“Dan, Serge and Daphne have repeatedly built fast-growing, extremely successful companies. I am so fortunate to be working with them again. Investing in a company linked to education is incredibly important to me on a personal level, and Engageli has the potential to enable a truly transformative learning experience.”
Through their new startup, Engageli, founders aim to build from the ground up an inclusive learning system for students and faculty, one that can recreate engaging, live learning experiences online. They want to replicate the social feeling of being in a classroom, layered with live data about student engagement, on a browser-based tool that they hope to sell to colleges and universities.
Engageli is currently piloting its platform with a select group of higher education institutions.
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