EdTech startup WhiteHat Jr. secures $10 million in Series A to teach kids to code
WhiteHat Jr, a Mumbai, India-based EdTech startup that teaches kids the fundamentals of coding to build commercial-ready games, animations and apps online, has raised $10 million in Series A funding to strengthen its technology platform, expand the course curriculum as well as increase consumer awareness. The fund came from existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and Omidyar Network India. Owl Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based EdTech focused venture capital fund, joined in backing the startup. The company had earlier raised $1.3 million in seed funding from Nexus Venture Partners and Omidyar Network India.
Founded in 2018 by ex-Discovery Networks CEO and bestselling novelist Karan Bajaj, WhiteHat Jr. makes kids creators in the new world with the world’s first structured coding curriculum for early childhood. The platform harnesses the natural creativity of kids with coding tools to help them create professional-ready digital products of global impact. Karan Bajaj left his former job to pursue his dream of making a difference in global education.
WhiteHat Jr. helps kids 6 to 14 build commercial-ready games, animations, and apps online using the fundamentals of coding. WhiteHat Jr. has developed their own original coding curriculum, which is centered on product creation, and imparts their lessons via 1:1 live, interactive online classes. The new funds will be used to strengthen their technology platform, expand the course curriculum as well as increase consumer awareness.
Over the past few months, WhiteHat Jr.’s online platform has seen over 150,000 student trials, over 500 teachers onboarded and 100% month-on-month student and revenue growth. The company conducts 1,000 online classes per day and has experienced resounding demand with all capacity regularly booked within an hour of being announced and maintaining a daily waitlist of 500 students. All classes are taught Live 1:1 online in the comfort of your home by Top 99.9th percentile of certified teachers. The startup is backed by Nexus Venture Partners, Omidyar Network India and Owl Ventures.
Commenting on the funding, WhiteHat Jr.’s CEO, Karan Bajaj said, “Our mission is to harness the natural creativity of kids and shift their mindset from an early age – from being consumers to creators of technology. It’s been heartening to see the projects of kids in the first 6 months of launch as they’re creating immensely creative, high utility digital applications that are bound to have a long-term impact.”
“We have been privileged to partner with Karan from the concept stage of the company, and been very impressed with their execution and rapid growth. We are excited to strengthen our association with WhiteHat Jr.’s mission of creating the next generation of innovators and thinkers,” Anup Gupta, Managing Director, Nexus Venture Partners, said.
Amit A. Patel, Managing Director, Owl Ventures said, “This is our second investment in India and WhiteHat Jr. has created something that is unique, scalable and very relevant, not only in India but across other markets.”
WhiteHat Jr. currently offers four levels of courses – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional – for students in grades 1-9. Kids create complex games, animations and apps using logic, structure, sequence, commands and algorithmic thinking-in a live 1:1 online classroom. Early graduates of the course have created professional-ready apps downloadable on the App Store at ages as young as seven years old.