Delhi-based edtech startup Gurucool has raised $150,000 (around Rs 1 crore) in a Pre-Seed round led by angel investor Parvez Jasani, chief executive officer of Zulie Venture Inc; and startup incubator FreeFlow Venture Builders, the company said.
It plans to utilize the funds to build a strong team, invest in strengthening its technology platform, and expand its business in India and abroad.
Founded in 2019 by Sheikh Adil Meraj and Khansa Fahad, Gurucool is an educational networking platform that offers a suite of tools to connect learners and educators. It aims to empower schools and colleges to go online and build their digital infrastructure to enable learners to find, connect and learn from them. Currently, it offers more than 25 tools, the company added in its statement.
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Speaking on the funding round, Adil Meraj, Founder and CEO of Gurucool said, “We’re excited to begin our journey with our strategic investors, who believe in our vision and have a deep understanding of our ecosystem. Digitally, learning and socializing have emerged as divergent streams resulting in educational tools, content, learners and educators scattered across exclusive domains. Being an educational networking platform enables Gurucool to be a Publisher, Teaching platform, Marketplace and Aggregator, all at the same time. Gurucool has bridged the digital divide and brought all stakeholders in one phygital world.”
The startup said that it plans to launch the Padhaai India tool, in collaboration with some selected state governments to make quality education free and hyperlocal.
According to the company, Gurucool, in association with the Bihar government’s department of higher education, is digitising college campuses and they are in process of signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) after completion of the pilot. It claims to have curated more than 3000 courses in eight regional languages under Padhaai India.
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