Southeast Asia edtech startup Ruangguru raises $150M to expand its online learning platform across Indonesia and Vietnam
Ruangguru, an online education platform in Indonesia, today announces $150 million in Series C funding to expands its product offering across Indonesia and Vietnam. The round was led by General Atlantic and GGV Capital, with participation from existing investors and a number of new investors. This is second investment in Indonesia for General Atlantic. The global growth equity firm previously invested in food and beverage franchiser MAP Boga Adiperkasa.
Founded in 2014 by Belva Devara and Iman Usman, Ruangguru is Southeast Asia’s largest and most prominent technology-enabled education company based in Indonesia that provides online tutoring, a tutoring marketplace, skills and professional training, and a corporate training platform. Ruangguru serves more than 15 million users and manages more than 300,000 teachers, offering services in more than 100 subject areas. In addition to Indonesia, Ruangguru is expanding operations in Vietnam. The founders recently made it into the ranks of successful entrepreneurs under 30 years through Forbes 30 under 30 for consumer technology in Asia.
To date, Ruangguru has worked with 32 (out of 34) provincial governments and over 326 municipalities and districts in Indonesia. In addition, Ruangguru also offers subscription learning videos, private tutoring marketplace, on-demand tutoring services, online exam tryouts, and more. Its mission is to provide equal access to high-quality and affordable educational material through technology. Ruangguru’s most popular product, called ruangbelajar, is an online self-learning platform that offers topic-based journeys, consisting of animated videos, quizzes, infographic summaries, and mock tests. Ruangguru serves over 15 million students, manages 300,000 teachers, and works closely with all levels of the Indonesian government.
Sandeep Naik, Managing Director and Head of India & Southeast Asia at General Atlantic, said, “We are excited to support Ruangguru in accelerating human capital development in Indonesia. Ruangguru’s affordable pricing model, enabling the Company to deliver its resources to the masses, is a model that truly resonates in Indonesia. We are excited to partner with Ruangguru’s founders to assist them in their journey to realize the full potential of the platform in Southeast Asia. Technology-enabled education in emerging markets is a key investment theme for General Atlantic, evidenced by our partnerships with companies such as Byju’s, Hotmart, Arco, OpenClassrooms, and Little Golden Star.”
“We are committed to supporting all education stakeholders, including the government, teachers, and parents, in helping Indonesian students achieve holistic development and become more competitive globally. We look forward to leveraging experiences from our global portfolio, particularly in technology-enabled education in emerging markets, to help fuel Ruangguru’s continued expansion,” said Ashish Saboo, Managing Director and GA’s Head of Indonesia. As part of the investment, Mr. Saboo will join the board of Ruangguru.
Jixun Foo, Managing Partner at GGV Capital, said, “Our partnership with Belva, Iman, and the Ruangguru team is underpinned by our unwavering commitment to team up with local founders who show real passion and ingenuity in solving the fundamental problems of our time – education is one of them. By leveraging technology to distribute high-quality content, Ruangguru makes great education accessible to millions of students. They can unleash the true potential of these students and create a lasting impact on society as Indonesia transitions to a future that will place a premium on higher-order thinking skills.”
“The Ruangguru team has one of the strongest founder-market fits in EdTech, having come from humble family backgrounds and staying true to their roots by dedicating themselves to improving education for their people. Through toil, sweat, and tears, Belva and Iman have grown to become role models for a new generation of Indonesians,” added Jenny Lee, a Managing Partner at GGV Capital focused on EdTech. “EdTech is a key global investment thesis for GGV as we continue our track record of partnering with the leading companies in this space, such as FengBian (风变), HuoHua (火花), ZuoYeBang (作业帮), XiaoBu (小步), Lambda School, and LiuLiShuo (NYSE: LAIX). Our team has our sleeves rolled up and are ready to work closely with Belva, Iman, and the Ruangguru team, and we aim to make their vision a reality.”
“We are excited to welcome General Atlantic and GGV Capital as our partners. We believe both firms understand our vision of building a significant education business in the region that supports a larger purpose, and we expect the partnership to help us accelerate our mission. These firms have a strong track record of partnering with entrepreneurs and scaling sustainable business models in the education and technology sectors. We are enthusiastic that we have the experiences and technical expertise of GA and GGV Capital,” said Belva Devara, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ruangguru.
Iman Usman, Co-founder and Chief Product and Partnership Officer of Ruangguru, mentioned, “The Ruangguru application provides multiple products. In addition to ruangbelajar, other products include online live tutoring, a tutoring marketplace, skills and professional training videos, as well as a corporate training platform. We focus on building a comprehensive curriculum, and most importantly, a clear and enjoyable learning experience using AI-driven personalized teaching. Currently, 80% of our students are from outside of Jakarta. This demonstrates the acceptance of our products and their effective distribution. We are proud knowing that what we do helps millions of students across Indonesia in pursuing their dreams.”