Finnish education startup Claned won an order from Australia to deploy its digital learning platform to nearly 100,000 users.
Claned said it had signed a deal with Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) to deploy its platform for 13,000 staff and over 80,000 students. CEWA runs 163 schools and colleges across the state, educating almost 20% of all school-aged children in Western Australia.
The Helsinki-based startup is solving the riddle one-size-fits-all approach in learning with its personal learning platform. Empowered by artificial intelligence, the platform will show each user’s study performance and learning orientation, and help individual to discover a personal way of learning for maximising results.
Claned is wrapping on Wednesday its a crowdfunding campaign aimed at financing its sales growth going ahead. The firm aims to raise at least 500,000 euros, and with less than 2 days to go, it is at 442,481 euros. The round values Claned at 13 million euros.
It plans to use roughly 80% of funds received for sales and marketing as well as partner management areas. The rest, will be used for hiring 2-3 research and development professionals.
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Claned learning enviroment will be rolled out across CEWA personnel and students during the fourth quarter of 2016.
“We chose Claned because, like CEWA, it demonstrates a student-centric, personalized approach to learning. The proven pedagogical foundation, unique learning analytics and strong focus on social collaboration in learning make Claned an ideal platform for us to engage with,” Tim McDonald, Executive Director Catholic Education Western Australia, said in a statement.
“This is a very significant step for Claned. CEWA is widely known and respected for its high-quality education approach and we are looking forward to collaborate with them in years to come,” said Mervi Palander, CEO of Claned.
Previously, Claned has raised 4 million euros, a whopping amount for a Finnish startup before a full public launch of the product. Latest seed investment round of 1.3 million euros – for expanding sales and further product development – was closed early 2016.