BITS Pilani Alumni Founded Edtech Platform Quizizz Raises USD 3 Million
Quizizz, a learning platform, has passed the 10 million active user mark and has raised USD 3 million in a round led by Nexus Venture Partners. The round also saw participation from existing investors Prime Venture Partners and angels. According to a statement, the funding will be used to support new products that assist students in achieving standards specific to their grade level.
Quizizz helps teachers turn homework and tests into self-paced games to make learning fun. It combines game-design elements with self-paced questions and instant feedback to aid students in learning. To play, teachers can either use their own content or select from millions of educator-created quizzes. Students can engage from any device they choose. The platform has seen a high organic adoption in the US schools.
Quizziz was founded by Ankit Gupta and Deepak Joy Cheenath alumni from BITS Pilani, who started their journey while working with underserved students at a nonprofit school in Bengaluru. After working closely with teachers and students on various ideas, they launched Quizizz.
“Our mission is to motivate every learner. When we hear that a student initially struggled on a math assignment but then replayed it six or seven times because he/she wanted to improve, we know we’re on the right track”, says Ankit Gupta.
Ram Gupta, Managing Director, Nexus Venture Partners, adds, “With Quizizz, teachers save time and students learn while having fun. It is a win-win, and that’s why we’ve seen it adopted in more than 50% of US schools with over 10 million students using it. We’re excited to be partners in the journey ahead.”
Quizizz game mode variants also allow students to play as a group. They can also choose to complete assignments at home. The app offers personalized features such as points, customizable memes, and an optional leaderboard.
Teachers can be rid of the task of creating quizzes from scratch and hand grading every assignment. Instead, they can cover basic concepts through customized public quizzes. At the same time, students receive feedback on each question they complete. This can lead to educators focus on priorities, such as individual support and curriculum development, since they have more time.
“There’s a trend across US classrooms of promoting mastery over one-time grades and this makes Quizizz crucial for me. My students love the low-pressure competition in class and also look forward to keeping the challenge going home. Quizizz is my favorite tool,” explains Sean Eichenser, an eighth grade ELA teacher for Chicago Public Schools.
With the Quizizz team spread across their California and Bengaluru offices, it is available across India and the US. To date, 10 million students are using Quizizz each month and half a billion questions are answered each month. Previously, the company had raised funds from Global Super Angels Forum and Prime Venture Partners.
Edtech has seen some startup activity in the recent months. Pre-school kids’ learning app, OckyPocky raised an undisclosed amount in angel funding from ah! Ventures, which is a growth catalyst firm for startups. In July, Bengaluru-based, Kidovators, which is a skill learning platform for children, raised seed funding of INR 1.2 crore from Gray Matters Capital’s edLABS initiative.
Flinto Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd, a startup that offers kits with learning-based activity for children, recently raked in INR 6 crore in venture debt from InnoVen Capital. Also, last month, ed-tech company Byju’s acquired learning platform Math Adventures for an undisclosed amount.