GoPeer, an educational technology company that pairs vetted college students with K12 pupils for virtual tutoring lessons, has closed a $2 million seed round led by angel investor, Ed Baker, former vice-president of product and growth at Uber, and prior to that, head of international growth at Facebook.

Providence, Rhode Island-based GoPeer was founded in 2017 by Ethan Binder, Zura Mestiashvili, and Erik Laucks from their dorm rooms at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.

GoPeer said it will use the new financing for product-driven growth and to “fuel its platform, prioritising teaching, accessibility, and analytics”.

The company stated it has helped more than 16,000 K12 students in more than 150 subjects, and over 10,000 college students are on the platform.

Baker said: “I’m extremely excited to be investing in GoPeer, which is bringing low-cost, high-quality online tutoring to children all over the world. When my own kids started using GoPeer after the pandemic began, I immediately realised that Ethan and the team were solving a very important problem in a creative way that allows college students to earn money while helping K12 students master new academic subjects.”

Date published: 13 August 2020

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