Top 10 edtech companies for business
Edtech companies were already leveraging the internet to bring personalised teaching experiences to students across the planet when Covid-19 lockdowns brought a new urgency – and revenue streams – to the global industry.
Technology Magazine takes a closer look at some of the edtech leaders making headlines around the world.
Launched as a YouTube channel by Gaurav Munjal in 2010, the first tutorial videos helped fellow students prepare for exams. Five years later it was successful enough for him to bring in two friends to help launch the Unacademy app.
In 2020 the company acquired Kreatryx, PrepLadder and Codechef to add teaching resources to the portfolio and Unacademy relaunched the original app as part of its Unveil 1.0 event.
Founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng in 2012, Coursera is a global online learning platform offering access to online courses and degrees from leading universities and companies. The company has worked with around 110 million students and more than 7,000 campuses, businesses, and governments.
Coursera sponsored over 115 certification courses with its partners for people who may have been affected by the global pandemic in 2020.
As the parent company of edX, 2U works with more than 230 colleges, universities, and corporations to provide over 45 million learners with access to more than 4,000 digital education offerings, from free courses to full degrees.
In July 2022 the company announced it is to change its "one-size-fits-all" model to a more bespoke approach that enables universities to design customised partnership packages.
2U video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGdHvh_QSe8
VIPKID connects global students with online educators in the United States and Canada in a real-time learning environment.
Launched in 2014 by Founder and CEO Cindy Mi, in 2021 the company said it would stop selling classes taught by foreign-based tutors to students in China. Chinese student needs are now met by Chinese national tutors.
Founded in 2015, China’s Zuoyebang provides online tutoring products and services for students covering a broad range of academic subjects.
Headquartered in Beijing, the company employs over 35,000 staff in China and has 11 branches across the country including in Xi'an, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Jinan, Changsha, Nanjing, and Shijiazhuang.
BYJU'S is a global edtech company, providing learning solutions to more than 150 million students around the world. Founded in 2011, BYJU'S is headquartered in India and has operations in more than 21 countries and learning programs in multiple languages.
Byju’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPO6CTUwT1M
Headquartered in San Francisco with hubs in Turkey, Ireland, Australia, India and Brazil, Udemy’s marketplace platform offers thousands of courses in dozens of languages, on subjects including programming, data science, leadership and team building.
Udemy Business offers corporate customers a subscription-based employee training and development platform with access to thousands of courses, learning analytics, and the ability to host and distribute their own content.
Udemy video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcQoJS9R6Lk
Launched in 2005, Chegg is a California-based edtech provider of digital and physical textbooks and education content and student services including online tutoring.
In August 2022, Chegg announced the expansion of its Uversity platform to Canada and the United Kingdom. Through Uversity, instructors are compensated for sharing their teaching materials across Chegg’s library of content, including study guides, practice quizzes and lab and lecture notes, from leading educators in international markets around the world.
Chegg video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVAGckKzP6Y
Founded in 2012, China’s Yuanfudao provides K-12 after school tutoring, pre-school support and adult education services to over 400 million users across China.
Headquartered in Beijing, Yuanfudao has centres across China, including in Wuhan, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Jinan, Changsha, Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenyang, Changchun and Hefei
Yuanfudao video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpL9fLTyWsk
Kahoot! was launched in private beta in March 2013 at SXSWedu. Today it is used by around nine million teachers globally, hundreds of millions of students and families, and in 97% of Fortune 500 companies.
The company says 300 million sessions have been hosted on the Kahoot! platform by 30+ million active accounts, with 2 billion participants in more than 200 countries and regions in 2021 and 2022. The Kahoot! Group is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with offices in the US, the UK, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Spain.
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