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Educational Initiatives Raises $20 Million in Funding Round Led by HCL Group


Educational Initiatives (Ei), a prominent education software company based in Bengaluru, India, has successfully secured Rs 166 crore (approximately $20 million) in a secondary funding round led by the HCL Group. Additionally, HCL Group will acquire a minority stake in Ei from private equity firm Gaja Capital as part of the transaction.


The infusion of capital will enable Ei to further its expansion plans, targeting new markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia, in addition to its existing presence in India, South Africa, Singapore, and the UAE. The company aims to extend its reach and impact by acquiring edtech product companies focused on enhancing learning outcomes.


Established in 2001, Ei operates as a business-to-business (B2B) entity, offering a comprehensive suite of assessment and adaptive learning products tailored for both teachers and students. These solutions are designed to elevate learning outcomes in schools.


Under the leadership of Pranav Kothari, Ei has witnessed significant growth, with its revenue from operations surging by more than 56% to Rs 97 crore in FY23, up from Rs 62 crore in FY22. During the same period, the company's profit experienced a modest increase from Rs 4.2 crore to Rs 5.5 crore.


It's noteworthy that HCL Group's foray into the edtech space extends beyond this investment in Ei, as the conglomerate had previously invested in Guvi, another edtech company, in September 2022. Guvi secured $1.9 million in funding from Vama Sundari Investments, a promoter of HCL.

Ei boasts a substantial user base, with over a million paid users benefiting from its solutions. The company has established partnerships with numerous educational institutions, state governments in India, international organizations, non-profit organizations, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to promote its offerings.



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