Edtech startup HEI Schools raises €2 million in series A funding to bring Finland´s renowned early education model worldwide

The brand new financing permits the corporate to speed up the expansion of the digital providing of curriculum applications and trainer coaching to achieve hundreds of thousands throughout the globe

Helsinki, Finland, April 2020
Award-winning, research-based early training idea, HEI Colleges, has introduced that it has accomplished a 2 million Euro Collection A spherical of financing. The financing was co-led by Practica Capital and Tesi, Finnish Trade Funding. 

HEI Colleges, which was based 2015 along with the College of Helsinki, one of many world´s high universities in instructional sciences, is a pioneer in offering a novel Finnish model of research-based early training globally. The corporate is providing a premium studying heart idea, an easy-to-use digital curriculum platform and pedagogical instruments for instructional operators and lecturers exterior of Finland to make use of.

Milla Kokko, CEO and Co-founder of HEI Colleges says: “This can be a nice milestone for HEI Colleges. The market of early childhood training is creating quick in the direction of a extra skilled method: from providing babysitting companies to precise early studying. With new traders on board, we will allow this method to serve increasingly more households around the globe. We’re not making an attempt to “export” Finnish society and even the tutorial system as such, however the deep knowhow and strategies about how kids be taught. Our job is to allow native lecturers and heart operators to implement the strategies in their very own tradition and surroundings with nice instruments and persevering with on-line coaching.”  

14 HEI Colleges studying facilities, operated by native entrepreneurs, are open already in China, Australia, Indonesia, Korea, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Finland. Along with present markets, 16 new HEI Colleges facilities are opening throughout 2021 additionally within the USA, Canada, Kuwait and Thailand. Greater than 40 colleges are subscribing the digital curriculum mannequin and over 200 lecturers from 30 totally different international locations are onboarded on the trainer certificates program.     

“HEI Colleges’ spectacular development and enormous buyer base of premium studying centres around the globe, in addition to the fast-growing variety of customers in digital sources have been key proof factors of the worth of its idea. We’re excited to be a part of its development story in leveraging know-how to upskill early years professionals and produce progressive and priceless training to kids at their most receptive, “ says Arvydas Bložė, Funding Director at Practica Capital.

HEI Colleges’ Finnish training mannequin relies on holistic improvement and wellbeing, with out compromising educational abilities. The concept studying is just not restricted to a classroom performs a significant function in kids’s strengths, pursuits, social interactions and peer relationships. Paying shut consideration to kids’s social-emotional, bodily, artistic and cognitive development, the HEI Colleges curriculum helps kids to be lively brokers in their very own studying and improvement in order that they be taught to like studying. 

“The market alternative for HEI Colleges is to deliver its sources to hundreds of thousands via digital development.

We’re very pleased to be a part of this financing spherical which allows HEI Colleges to scale its providing globally even additional. We share the identical ambition with the HEI Colleges crew and Practica Capital of making a world-class firm out of Finland, whereas driving important optimistic influence via wider entry to prime quality early training” tells Juha Lehtola, Director of VC Investments at Tesi.

A mission-driven firm, HEI Colleges strives to offer essentially the most present, research-based early training curriculum to kids all around the world in an effort to give them the highest-quality training doable.

Lasse Lipponen, co-founder of HEI Colleges and Professor of Early Childhood Training on the College of Helsinki, concludes “Childhood is a interval of life when every little thing is feasible. It’s a interval stuffed with studying alternatives and when all of the core developmental modifications happen. At HEI Colleges, it’s our mission and dedication to help each baby to achieve his or her full potential – with out limits and with out excuses.”

About Practica Capital

Based in 2011, Practica Capital is a devoted Baltic VC specializing in investments within the Baltic Sea area. The corporate invests in seed, late seed and Collection A ventures backing nice groups behind the tech-driven companies from the area and partnering with them as firm builders. Practica Capital manages three enterprise capital funds with a complete dimension of greater than €50M. Of which the most recent Practica Enterprise Capital II Fund was established within the framework of the monetary instrument “Growth Fund I” which is managed by Invega and financed from the European Regional Growth Fund (ERDF). Thus far, Practica Capital has made greater than 55 investments. practica.vc

About Tesi

Tesi (Finnish Trade Funding Ltd) is a state-owned funding firm that wishes to boost Finland to the entrance ranks of transformative financial development by investing in funds and instantly in firms. We make investments profitably and responsibly, hand-in-hand with co-investors, to create the world’s new success tales. Our investments beneath administration whole 1.9 billion euros.  tesi.fi @TesiFII

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