Meet the companies building the future of learning & work |

Engines of opportunity

The future of learning and work is defined by an increasing social divide between those who can use computers to increase their productivity, and those who try to compete against them. We invest in engines of opportunity: companies that bridge that divide, by democratising access to higher skills and meaningful employment.



What they do

Lynx Educate is a pioneer in connecting leading education institutions with European companies to upskill employees through accredited and certified programs.

why this is exciting

Today’s labor market demands better educated employees. Companies are struggling to attract, develop and retain workers with the right skills. By working with companies to identify their needs, and connecting them to leading educational institutions.

CO-INVESTOR:

Rethink Education, Brighteye Ventures, Bisk Ventures, Reach Capital, Guild Education



What they do

StudyStream is a video platform & online community that allows students to study with others from around the world 24/7 and in real time.

why this is exciting

StudyStream have helped over 3 million students be more productive & motivated, while also feeling less isolated. Their mission is to create a global community of students who can motivate each other to succeed.

Co-Investor:

Brighteye Ventures, Y Combinator, Dunce Capital


What they do

Zavvy is a learning platform enabling companies to automate impactful onboarding and training experiences.

why this is exciting

To stay competitive, companies have to ensure their employees continuously learn and develop. However, setting up and maintaining effective learning initiatives requires a lot of manual effort. Automating elaborate onboarding and training workflows, Zavvy enables HR and L&D teams to deliver engaging learning experiences at a fraction of the regular time and cost.

Co-Investor:

La Famiglia VC, Picus Capital


What they do

Academy is a world-class accelerator for diverse, early-stage tech talent, launching its Scholars through a transformative program into impactful careers at leading tech companies.

why this is exciting

The tech industry is seeing an ever-increasing skills and diversity deficit. By structuring connections between high-potential talent, best-in-class educators, and leading tech companies, Academy is creating a sustainable infrastructure to fuel the tech industry with high-performance, diverse thinkers.

Co-Investor:

LocalGlobe


What they do

Tomorrow’s University is building a student-centered digital learning platform to inspire and empower changemakers.

why this is exciting

As the need for future skills changes rapidly, universities are failing to adapt. Tomorrow’s University gives students, a challenge-based, active learning model and a global network of world-class mentors to help aquire the future skills and mindset needed.


What they do

Engageli delivers an inclusive digital learning platform for superior teaching and learning experiences that optimizes student success.

why this is exciting

As learning moves online there is a need for an inclusive, social and data-driven engaging learning experience. Engageli gives instructors access to powerful active-learning features that supports dynamic interaction for students.

Co-Investor:

BRM Capital, Alex Balkanski (Benchmark Capital)


What they do

FourthRev connects leading companies and universities to deliver up-to-date, industry relevant programs.

why this is exciting

FourthRev builds courses with industry partners like AWS, Salesforce, Xero and Tableau and then partners with universities to validate and deliver these courses to students, helping address the global shortage of tech skills.


What they do

Aula is the Learning Experience Platform for Higher Education, a modern alternative to learning management systems.

why this is exciting

Ubiquitous and clunky learning management systems focus on record-keeping at the expense of the learning experience. Aula’s conversational platform and ecosystem of integrations makes communication the lynchpin of university study, improving student engagement and satisfaction.

Co-Investor:

Reach Capital, Brighteye Ventures, Project A


What they do

Morressier is a platform to share, discuss, and evaluate research-in-progress, bringing the world of academic conferences online.

why this is exciting

Academic conferences are central to how researchers share and discuss early findings, but they remain resolutely analogue. Morressier makes organizing conferences easy, centralizing communications and surfacing the stand-out sessions from each event.

Co-Investor:

Cherry Ventures, Red Alpine Ventures


What they do

Yoto is a clever speaker for kids that provides screen-free access to a rich library of curated audio content.

why this is exciting

Parents are increasingly concerned about the effect of screen use on young children. Yoto gives kids control over what songs, stories, or learning content they listen to and when, with a carefully curated library of cards that adapts and grows with children over time.

Co-Investor:

Global Founders Capital


What they do

Causaly reduces the time it takes to create a hypothesis in biomedicine.

why this is exciting

Causaly uses NLP to identify causal relationships in published research data. They remove the need to trawl through research papers guided only by keywords, and significantly accelerates the time it takes to do a literature review.

Co-Investor:

Matt Clifford (EF), Marathon Venture Capital, Pentech


What they do

BibliU makes learning more effective - a digital education platform that brings textbooks to life. Delivering digital textbooks to universities in the U.K., U.S., Europe and Asia.

why this is exciting

BibliU is the only company that has partnerships with every major UK publisher along with full-text search across every book. Students end up spending twice as much time in BibliU as they do on Snapchat.

Co-Investor:

Nesta, Oxford Sciences Innovation


What they do

Unibuddy connects prospective students with the University's student ambassadors online.

why this is exciting

Unibuddy changes the way universities attract, inform and recruit students by placing peer-to-peer interactions at the core of its admission process.

Co-Investor:

Stride.VC


What they do

Project-based online education platform for Latin American and Spanish creative professionals.

why this is exciting

The absolute majority of courses online are in English. This means that most of the world’s population has no access to them. Crehana’s Spanish courses make project-based learning a reality for digital professionals in Latin America and demonstrably improve their job prospects.

Co-Investor:

Howzat Partners, Rethink Education


What they do

Allows universities to provide mentorship throughout the student lifecycle.

why this is exciting

Many students struggle to forge the long-lasting relationships that drive student success and open doors. Many institutions support small pockets of high-impact mentorship, however, these programmes rarely are able to support 100 students, let alone 1,000s. Mentor Collective enables them to deliver mentorship at scale.

Co-Investor:

Lumina Foundation, Rethink Education


What they do

Sales Impact Academy is a subscription-based live learning platform for sales and marketing.

why this is exciting

Knowledge on how to build a successful sales or marketing organisation is locked up in the heads of the few people that have achieved true scale. SIA unlocks this knowledge for its community of learners via live synchronous online classes run by world’s scale-up sales and marketing experts.


What they do

LIS is building a new university that will give students the skills to go and tackle some of society's most complex problems.

why this is exciting

Students will put their learnings to work through paid work placements at some of the UK’s top organisations including Virgin, McKinsey and the Met Police. The LIS curriculum will cut across disciplinary boundaries, equipping students with knowledge and methods from across the arts, sciences and humanities.

Co-Investor:

JamJar, Andrew Mullinger (Funding Circle)


What they do

Eduflow is a tool to build incredible learning experiences, full of active participation and student collaboration.

why this is exciting

Learning is most effective when it involves active participation, a fact not always respected in an online environment. Keeping students accountable and involving them in the learning process means they will be more motivated, and less likely to drop out. Eduflow lets learners submit work, peer review and reflect on feedback.

Co-Investor:

Y-Combinator, Nordic Makers, Project A, Learn Capital


What they do

Edurino makes digital education tangible with an adaptive learning app, real figurines and an ergonomic stylus.

why this is exciting

Edurino is building the bridge between analogue and digital learning to teach children the 21st century skills which they will need to shape the future. Learning experiences adapt to each child's individual speed and parents are provided with full transparency.

Co-Investor:

BTOV, Aenu


What they do

Mattilda is a B2B SaaS and a financial solution aimed at disrupting private schools' financial management and administrative processes.

why this is exciting

Mattilda's SaaS solution automates schools' administrative and collections processes. The company's tech solution coupled with its tuition factoring and cash flow-based lending products empower schools to achieve their potential and focus on what they do best.

Co-Investor:

QED Investors, DILA Capital, GSV Ventures, Picus Capital


What they do

FoondaMate is a "Personal Assistant for learning" on WhatsApp and Facebook messenger, for students previously unable to use the internet to study.

why this is exciting

FoondaMate is working on unlocking internet enabled learning for students in emerging markets. Their low data and chat first applications come in multiple regional languages and popular chat applications like WhatsApp and Facebook messenger. This enables a student to download study material and get answers to questions while studying.

Co-Investor:

LocalGlobe, LoftyInc, Future Africa, FirstCheck Africa


What they do

Futurefit AI partners with organisations and governments to provide workers with an AI-powered tool to help them navigate their careers.

why this is exciting

FutureFit AI's "GPS for your Career" uses advanced labour market data and machine learning algorithms to identify an individual's 'starting point' in the labour market, recommend best fit career path 'destinations', and build a personalised roadmap of learning, resources, and work opportunities to successfully guide them from point A to point B.

Co-Investor:

JPMorgan Chase, Acumen America


What they do

Junto is a learning platform that unlocks the business playbooks of world-class tech executives for companies and their talents through highly-interactive cohort-based live classes.

why this is exciting

Junto creates transformational learning experiences by giving organizations access to those leading executives, thereby significantly increasing employee performance and retention.

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