Google has joined a £1.4 million seed round into London EdTech Scoodle.
Co-founded by Ismail Jeilani, Imdad Ahad and Mujavid Bukhari, Scoodle is an online learning platform which allows students to connect with tutors.
It claims to be the first such platform to offer 0% commission on bookings made and says its content-driven approach to tutoring sets it apart from rivals.
Tutors use their profiles to demonstrate their knowledge to students before a booking is made, showcasing answers to questions, learning resources and via a new video platform.
Since the pandemic, Scoodle has grown 10x in monthly users – largely driven by its growing content base. In 2020 alone, almost 70% of its tutoring bookings shifted online.
Following a pre-seed round last year, Google for Startups was joined by IFG and DA One in the seed raise.
Rachael Palmer, Head of VC and Startup Partnerships in EMEA at Google, said: “Increasing access to quality education is one of the big opportunities that the tech sector provides, and we are really impressed with the speed of growth and the quality of execution that Ismail and his team have delivered to date.”
“Everybody has something they want to learn, and something they can teach. We’re bringing them together,” said Jeilani, who worked as a tutor to cover his university fees.
“We’re building a world where an Arabic expert living in Egypt can create classes or share answers with students from around the world.
“The content that our tutors create on Scoodle lives on. This continues to benefit other students, long after the classes have ended.”