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[Funding alert] Edtech startup Scaler Academy raises $55 mn in funding led by Lightrock India

Scaler Academy
Abhimanyu Saxena & Anshuman Singh

Edtech startup Scaler Academy has raised $55 million of Series B funding led by new investor Lightrock India along with two existing investors, Sequoia Capital India and Tiger Global. 

With this fresh round of funding, the total capital raised by Scaler Academy since January 2020 stands at $76.5 million with a valuation of $710 million.

Launched in 2019, Scaler Academy is devoted to creating a growth ecosystem to help software professionals unlock talent and opportunities at every stage of their career.

“We were humbled by the strong interest shown by the global investing community who want to be part of Scaler’s future and play a significant role in shaping India’s technology skill space. We decided to go with Lightrock India and our existing investors (Sequoia Capital India & Tiger Global), who share our vision of what we are trying to do at Scaler.” Abhimanyu Saxena, Co-Founder, Scaler & InterviewBit, said.

Scaler’s success in the last two and half years is highlighted by the fact that nearly 7 out of every 10 startup unicorns in India now has a Scaler alumni.

“The failure of legacy institutions in India’s higher education sector, particularly in the IT space, has opened up opportunities for avowed status-quo disruptors like Scaler to push a new kind of thinking that looks beyond cost arbitrage-based success. Technologies like machine learning and data science will create a new kind of India powered by communication technologies like 5G that will have a far-reaching impact on the country’s socio-economic status. We are creating the skilling ecosystem that will ensure that we succeed by creating a future-ready India.” Abhimanyu Saxena, Co-Founder, Scaler & InterviewBit, said.

Scaler Academy

“The team at Scaler Academy (& InterviewBit) are transforming higher education in India by democratising the privilege of working in technology for millions of Indians. They are building a learning community that is accountable for outcomes and designed for the future of work. We are privileged to partner with them on this exceptional journey as they help unlock the demographic dividend of India.” Divya Venkatavaraghavan, Principal Investor, Lightrock India, said.

The largest tech giants in the world are headed by Indian-origin CEOs. India has evolved from being the de-facto outsourcing and back-office hub of the world to emerging as the proverbial melting pot for churning out the finest tech talent. 

“We have been fortunate to work closely with Anshuman and Abhimanyu since the launch of Scaler Academy. To us, the most distinctive part of their strategy is that they are super focused on extremely high-quality computer science education, delivered with their own unique approach that makes their programs practical and useful in the work environment. This is resulting in outstanding student NPS and exceptional job placements for Scaler students. We couldn’t be more excited to journey together with them to impact the lives of so many high potential computer programmers.” Shailendra J. Singh, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital (India) Singapore, said.

They teach their students all the relevant skills needed in software jobs, mentor them to crack recruitment processes and also provide them with referrals to the best opportunities in the software industry across the globe.

“We have over 380+ alumni in just these 9 companies alone – Microsoft, Google, Uber, Amazon, Paypal, Adobe, VMWare, Intuit, Mcafee. The cumulative annual salary of Scaler graduates is more than Rs 600 crore as of today. If you factor in our expenses on teaching and infra, Scaler enables the addition of more than $100 million into India’s economy every year. Our next goal will be enabling the addition of a billion USD to India’s GDP annually,” added Abhimanyu Saxena.

The fresh round of funding will also allow Scaler to aggressively pursue its international expansion plans, launch new product offerings/business verticals, make strategic acquisitions, invest in best-in-class talent, and grow its customer base in India and globally.

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