Juni Learning, a digital education platform offering live online instructors, has announced it closed $10.5 million in Series A funding prior to the Covid-19 pandemic in a round led by Forerunner Ventures, with participation from AME Cloud Ventures, led by Yahoo founder Jerry Yang, Index Ventures, and Pear VC.

The company stated it is using the funds to continue hiring instructors and expanding the number and types of courses it offers to youngsters aged for eight to 18 years old across the globe. The funding has enabled Juni Learning to unveil new curricula in math and English which will be available through one-to-one sessions as well as learning pods or cohorts of up to four students per class beginning next month.

Juni Learning also added and trained hundreds more instructors throughout the pandemic and says it delivered more than 50,000 classes over the last three months alone. Additionally, the company introduced online coding bootcamps, webinars, and group sessions and provided tuition waivers to families of healthcare workers on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vivian Shen, co-founder and chief executive of Juni Learning, said: “We originally started Juni Learning to empower kids by enhancing skills and coding abilities that could prepare them for the future, but the community has become so much more. Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, millions of kids have been out of school. Maintaining intellectual curiosity and rigorous standards from home has proven to be a massive challenge for schools and parents. Juni Learning is responding to these critical needs by expanding our offerings and hiring even more engaging live instructors who are motivated to reach as many students as possible.”

Eurie Kim of Forerunner Ventures said: “The need for quality online learning solutions, particularly in computer science and math, was already hitting a meaningful inflection point in the existing educational system. In fact, this need will only increase as students are challenged with making up for lost class time and lapses in consistent instruction. Juni Learning developed and refined an exceptional instructional model well before the pandemic, and it can be expanded in powerful ways moving forward to supplement learning and address deficits.”

San Francisco-based Juni was founded by Shen and Ruby Lee in July 2017.

Date published: 27 August 2020

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