GradeSlam and its one-on-one, chat-based tutoring platform has raised $1.6 million in a round led by Pittsburgh and San Francisco-based Birchmere Ventures.
The startup launched in September 2015 and has facilitated over 350,000 tutoring sessions with students in over 80 countries.
BDC Capital, members of Anges Quebec, Real Ventures, angels Brian Karol & Robert Luxenberg as well as Gradeslam’s own CEO Philip Cutler all took part in the round.
CEO Cutler, a former teacher and McGill University grad, said education is about accessibility and equality. The problem has been that tutoring is an “elitist concept reserved for wealthy families.”
“We believe every child should have access to personalized one-to-one teaching,” he said. “GradeSlam is completely changing that notion by putting a private world class educator in the hand of every child, everywhere.”
Cutler’s team includes cofounder Roberto Cipriani, a neuroscientist, and VP Product Saad Benryane, who previously worked on establishing internet design standards for the United Nations.
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