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

Kuddl provides individuals and couples with personalised relationship tips and activities based on personality insights, fostering deeper connections and enhanced communication.

why this matters

Kuddl's approach, based on studies and relationship therapy, delivers tailored tips and education, transforming how couples understand and improve their relationships with engaging, actionable guidance for a healthier connection.

CO-INVESTOR:

Angel Investors



What they do

Kinfolk is an HR Ops co-pilot, orchestrating critical workflows to drive productivity for HR and employees from hire to exit.

why this matters

Despite core HR systems, HR teams waste hours on repetitive tasks, from ramping up new hires to levelling up existing managers and teams. With Kinfolk, HR Ops teams automate timely knowledge exchange, meetings and actions, via Slack/Teams, emails, calendars, and microsites.

Co-Investor:

Ascension


What they do

Prentice is a streaming service that allows anyone to learn by observing world-class professionals in action, reality TV-style.

why this matters

Upskilling is one of the most urgent challenges of our times. Prentice is an upskilling platform designed to educate and entertain in ways never seen before. It goes beyond dull lectures by immersing you in the real-life experiences of the worlds best professionals with humour, plot twists and, above all, powerful learning insights.

Co-Investor:

Angel Investors


What they do

MyEdSpace is forming a new category of education - influencer-led, social learning. MyEdSpace turns the best teachers in the country into social superstars who then deliver structured online courses via 1-many live lessons, covering the whole school curriculum.

why this matters

The traditional educational system is chronically underfunded and not scalable. Private tuition is too expensive for most of the population. Students lack a viable alternative. MyEdSpace offers the solution by providing a 10x better quality of education at a fraction of the cost.


What they do

Colossyan enables users to create training videos from text using AI.

why this matters

Colossyan sidesteps the traditional video creation process, removing the need for cameras, studios, and conventional actors. Colossyan's approach cuts down the time necessary to create videos from weeks to minutes.

Co-Investor:

LAUNCHUB Ventures


What they do

SkillsTrust is an innovative employment assessment provider that specializes in high-fidelity work sample tests to validate job skills.

why this matters

Finding skilled talent is a major challenge for employers globally. Top companies are increasingly prioritizing skills over academic degrees in their hiring processes. Despite this shift, a major hurdle persists: the ability to validate those skills fairly, accurately and at scale. SkillsTrust assists employers in identifying capable talent with the necessary skills to drive productivity, using scalable work sample testing.

Co-Investor:

Rethink Education


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 matters

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:

Acton Capital, Global Founders Capital


What they do

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

why this matters

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:

General Atlantic, Howzat Partners, Rethink Education


What they do

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

why this matters

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, DN Capital,


What they do

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

why this matters

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.

Co-Investor:

Educapital, Reach Capital


What they do

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

why this matters

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

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

why this matters

Knowledge about how to build a successful sales or marketing organisation is locked up in the heads of the few people who 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.

Co-Investor:

Founders Collective, Lerer Hippeau, Stage2 Capital


What they do

The remote-first Tomorrow University of Applied Sciences allows learners to build the 21st-century skills needed in the areas of sustainability, entrepreneurship, and technology.

why this matters

As the need for future skills changes rapidly, universities are failing to adapt. Tomorrow combines state-of-the-art learning science and technology, to create flexible, accessible, and effective learning experiences that equip learners with the key ingredients for impact — purpose, capability, and community.


What they do

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

why this matters

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 accelerate the time it takes to do a literature review.

Co-Investor:

Index Ventures, Marathon Venture Capital, Pentech


What they do

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

why this matters

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

Co-Investor:

Stride.VC


What they do

Allows universities to provide mentorship throughout the student lifecycle.

why this matters

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:

Resolve Growth Partners, Lumina Foundation, Rethink Education


What they do

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

why this matters

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 support dynamic interaction for students.

Co-Investor:

BRM Capital, Alex Balkanski (Benchmark Capital)


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 matters

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

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

why this matters

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

Colossyan enables users to create Learning and Development videos from text using Artificial Intelligence.

why this matters

Colossyan sidesteps the traditional video creation process, removing the need for cameras, studios, and conventional actors. Colossyan's approach cuts down the time necessary to create videos from weeks to minutes.

Co-Investor:

LAUNCHUB Ventures


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 matters

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


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 matters

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

Co-Investor:

Earlybird


What they do

Sparkwise is a multiplayer learning platform where professionals master skills together, through interactive group challenges, available on demand.

why this matters

Traditional online learning struggles to deliver impact at scale. Solve for scale, and you’re left with click-click software people dread. Solve for impact, and you need a people-heavy model that is expensive to scale. Sparkwise makes it possible to massively scale active learning in groups — with smart technology that removes the need for live instructors.

Co-Investor:

Vitalize VC


What they do

Cadmus is the world’s first authentic assessment for learning platform powering the delivery of summative, formative, and open-book exam styles for every academic discipline.

why this matters

Cadmus removes learning participation barriers by providing educators and diverse student cohorts with access to high-quality, pedagogical assessment anywhere, anytime.


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 matters

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

Acquired

What they do

Enroly automates the compliance, visa and arrival process for universities, their international students and agents.

why this matters

Enroly’s technology is transforming the way universities recruit and onboard students by speeding up the administration process, automating conversion, and streamlining visa compliance. Enroly’s Data Insights platform has brought real-time reporting and aggregated international data to higher education for the first time.

Co-Investor:

Larsen Ventures, Charlotte Street Capital

Exited

What they do

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

why this matters

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 matters

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

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 matters

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

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

why this matters

StudyStream has helped more than 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:

Localglobe, Brighteye Ventures, Y Combinator


What they do

Guider is the go-to education app for Muslims that provides authentic, structured and practical guidance to help Muslims get closer to God in less than five minutes each day.

why this matters

With Christian platforms such as Glorify and Hallow reaching millions of users and each raising >$40m in the last two years alone, there is a significant untapped market opportunity for the audience of >2 billion Muslims worldwide.

Co-Investor:

Ada Ventures, Collective Continuum, Angels


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 matters

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

Co-Investor:

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

Acquired

What they do

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

why this matters

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

Acquired

What they do

Aula is the learning experience platform for Higher Education, a modern alternative to learning management systems. (acquired by Coventry University).

why this matters

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

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