Tuesday, 19 October 2021 01:03 GMT

#FundingAlert: Unacademy raises $440 million, now valued at $3.4 billion


(MENAFN- NewsBytes) The ed-tech industry in India continues to boom amid the raging pandemic. And, now ed-tech start-up Unacademy has successfully raised $440 million in a new funding round led by Singapore's state-run Temasek Holdings. The company's valuation reportedly stands at $3.4 billion. Unacademy's co-founder Gaurav Munjal plans to use the funds to build the business in segments such as upskilling, jobs and hiring. Here's more.

In this article
  • Funding round saw participation from Mirae Asset, Tiger Global
  • Unacademy's valuation increased 70 percent in less than a year
  • Unacademy wants to position itself as a broader technology firm
  • Company will also push its Careers, K12 businesses
  • Unacademy boasts of 6 million monthly users, impressive run rates
Participation Funding round saw participation from Mirae Asset, Tiger Global

Unacademy's latest funding round saw participation from South Korea's marquee investor Mirae Asset. Existing investors including SoftBank Vision Fund, Tiger Global, and General Atlantic also participated. The Economic Times reported that the transaction is primarily an infusion of funds but the Bengaluru-based start-up is also facilitating a secondary share sale of $20 million to help one of its early investors exit.

Big jump Unacademy's valuation increased 70 percent in less than a year

Over the last year alone, Unacademy conducted secondary share sales worth $70-80 million. Meanwhile, it was valued at $2 billion about a year ago. This figure reportedly jumped up by 70 percent with the fresh investment. This round has also helped Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal and Oyo Hotels & Homes founder Ritesh Agarwal's family office called Aroa Ventures buy a stake in Unacademy.

Plans ahead Unacademy wants to position itself as a broader technology firm

Notably, Munjal said that the company will use the fresh infusion of funds to expand the business into areas that make Unacademy a direct rival to established firms like Naukri.com and Microsoft-owned LinkedIn. He told ET that Unacademy "wants to position itself as a broader technology firm with multiple consumer-facing products and not be restricted to ed-tech."

Upskilling Company will also push its Careers, K12 businesses

Unacademy will also launch short creator-led courses and scale its existing test preparation business alongside the K-12 (kindergarten to class 12) coaching business. Munjal indicated that the company will also push Careers, an upskilling course service it owns. For the K-12 business, Unacademy will focus on affordable live classes priced at $100 to $150 to target tier-2 and tier-3 Indian cities.

Data Unacademy boasts of 6 million monthly users, impressive run rates

Presently, Unacademy claims that it has 600,000 paid active subscribers. Its largest test preparation business projects a $200 million run rate based on the revenue it's currently earning. Meanwhile, the K-12 business is also looking at an annualized revenue run rate of $18 million.

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