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Fiveable makes first acquisition: A virtual study tool built by a 16-year-old

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Fiveable, an online learning community for high school students, made its first-ever acquisition earlier this week: Hours, a virtual study platform built by a 16-year-old. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fiveable is a free, online learning community for high school students with the focus of helping them pass Advanced Placement (AP) exams. It livestreams 5-hour “cram shops” focused on a specific subject, creates study guides and manages a Discord with thousands of students.

“Students have Discord servers, they have subreddits, they have group chats and it’s happening informally on some of these different platforms,” founder Amanda DoAmaral said in March. “But we need a central place where social learning happens, where students get support, where they can find each other, where they can build toward their goals.”

She estimates that half a million students use Fiveable on a monthly basis — and it’s just so fitting that her company’s first acquisition came from paying attention to those same users.

She noticed students within the Fiveable community were using Hours a few months ago to host group study sessions. Hours allows students to create study sessions where each person has a task list and shared timer and playlist, which she describes as “a multiplayer experience“ that can increase motivation and accountability. There’s also a single-player experience version where students can pick “focus mode” and remove chat and highlight task lists.

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Put simply, Fiveable will be able to expand its community feel from an active Discord to a study-specific tool. In its six months as a product, Hours has been used by more than 17,000 students from schools including Stanford University, MIT, NYU and over 120 countries.

“The experience of studying in Discord text or audio chats is similar to the Hours multiplayer mode, but there isn’t a way in Discord to keep track of tasks or see everyone’s progress,” she said. “Hours is a better experience because it allows more flexibility within the group version of a study session and has the ability for students to study solo,” she said.

The startup decided to buy the platform rather than try to build the technology itself for two reasons: Students already love the product and it was built by a “very impressive 16-year-old,” Calix Huang.

Huang, a high school junior in the Bay Area with previous tech acquisitions and startups under his belt, founded Hours in October 2020 in response to the siloed experience of studying during a pandemic. As part of Fiveable’s acquisition, Huang will join its team as a lead product manager to work on Hours part time.

“Calix will be a senior next year, so he will come on part time until he graduates. Then he’ll have big decisions like the rest of his peers about what he will do next, which includes an offer to come on full time,” DoAmaral said. Employing young talent isn’t new for the startup: Over 118 paid students work on Fiveable staff right now across all teams, from social to product to content. Every student works 5-10 hours per week as a part-time job and Fiveable pays them $15-$23 per hour.

Fiveable plans to keep Hours as a free service along with its guides, trivia and Discord. The company makes money in two ways right now: $25 for a cram-pass or $5 for live events, such as a 5-hour review the night before an exam. The startup has raised more than $3.5 million in known venture capital to date, from investors including Matchstick Ventures, Cream City Venture Capital, Spero Ventures and, most recently, Tennis legend Serena Williams. 

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/12/fiveable-hours-acquisition/

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Belgian startup MobieTrain raises €4 million for its mobile microlearning platform

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Mobile microlearning platform MobieTrain has raised €4 million in a series-A funding round. The funding round was spearheaded by the British-Belgian Force Over Mass Capital. Two previous investors, investment fund LRM and Concentra, Family Office of the Baert Family, also took part in the round. The new funding will allow MobieTrain to further develop its platform and accelerate its international expansion.

Today, the ability to continuously learn and quickly internalize new information has never been more important to so many different vocations – from office workers, to frontline customer facing-jobs such as warehouse staff and hospital workers. Additionally, with brick-and-mortar retail bouncing back, as well as several other industries, European economies are slowly picking back up. The need for properly trained, well-informed staff is therefore more important than ever.

With its gamified platform and bite-sized, personalized learning tracks, MobieTrain offers a solution to learn while in the flow of work, even for deskless employees. Whatsmore, built-in retention techniques ensure knowledge is retained more effectively.

“Digitization accelerated at an incredible pace amidst the Covid pandemic, which explains the increased interest from VCs in HR Tech companies in Europe. We’re proud that we have large investors backing our strong ambitions for growth. Our mission of making learning accessible to all employees and thereby adding to their development has only just begun”, Guy Van Neck, CEO and founder of MobieTrain explained. “Not only can we further develop our platform with the new funding, but also offer it to an ever growing international audience.”

Throughout the pandemic, MobieTrain (founded in 2015) was able to quadruple its company revenue and strengthen its solid position within the retail industry. The company also saw its customer base double with clients in logistics, production and government organisations. Among others, the municipality of Antwerp, Atlas Copco, Decathlon, Deloitte and Proximus now work with the app. In the Netherlands, several government organisations, such as the Dutch police force and the municipality of Rotterdam, already work with MobieTrain. The platform now has nearly 100,000 users in more than 20 countries.

In the upcoming months, Mobietrain will further develop its platform. “By adding new gamified elements, we help elevate employees’ intrinsic motivation. Furthermore, it’s important to offer the right educational content to the right person at the right time. To do so, algorithms and machine learning play a crucial role. Such aspects have our full attention in the upcoming months”, said CTO Willi Van Boven.

The funding round also provides the HRtech scaleup with the necessary resources to accelerate its international expansion, grow the team from 25 to 40 employees, and build towards establishing market leadership in the European market for mobile learning. In this respect, MobieTrain also secured partnerships with SAP SuccessFactors and with Goodhabitz, a company that offers online learning tracks. Tech giant SAP recently added MobieTrain to its SAP store, which creates further potential for international expansion. Currently, 50% of all revenue comes from outside of Belgium. In the Middle-East, Emirates Post and EFS Facility Services work with MobieTrain, among others. Internationally acclaimed retail companies such as Diesel and Hästens also use the app.

To further speed up international growth, MobieTrain will also make use of the expertise, focus, and input of its new shareholder Force Over Mass. The British-Belgian VC with its headquarters in London and an office in Antwerp, brings its experience of supporting rapidly growing businesses as well as an international network.

“Through the combination of microlearning and gamification, MobieTrain achieves engagement rates and a level of knowledge retention that is seldom seen in digital training and communications”, said Wouter Volckaert, partner at Force Over Mass. “The strong international growth and enthusiasm of the great many blue-chip companies that work with MobieTrain confirm the need for better learning tools for the deskless workforce. MobieTrain has a rock-solid product and team, and we’re looking forward to supporting them in realizing their ambitions.”

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Source: https://www.eu-startups.com/2021/05/belgian-startup-mobietrain-raises-e4-million-for-its-mobile-microlearning-platform/

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