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Edtech startup PlanetSpark raised $13.5 million in Series B led by Prime Venture Partners

Edtech startup PlanetSpark raised $13.5 million in Series B led by Prime Venture Partners where Binny Bansal, Deep Kalra, Ashish Gupta, Gokul Rajaram and Shirish Nadkarni also participated. The startup had previously raised $3.7 million from Prime Ventures, FIITJEE and some angel networks. This round brings PlanetSpark’s total funding to $17.2 million.

PlanetSpark is an online education platform that assists children aged 4 to 16 in improving their communication skills. The platform’s curriculum includes storytelling, debate, podcasting, stand-up comedy, and other activities. PlanetSpark claims a 30% month-on-month growth rate and has coached students in over 1 million classes across 13 countries. It has expanded 45 times in the last year and plans to expand another 30 times in the next two years to become the top global go-to destination for learning communication skills. The newly injected funds will be used to accelerate business growth, product development, and international expansion.

Edtech startup

Signalling the rapid rise of Indian EdTech, PlanetSpark is aiming to scale up its business operations after successfully receiving pre-Series A funding from three angel investor networks: the Indian Angel Network, Lead Angels and Hyderabad Angels.

The PlanetSpark blended learning platform aims to make education more enjoyable for students than traditional tuition. The platform comprises both worksheets and engaging cross platform digital resources available online and through mobile apps.

The platform contains:

  • 2000+ assessments
  • 1500+ videos
  • 100+ learning games
  • 200+ learning cartoons

These resources cover a range of subject areas and topics including: English, public speaking, robotics, coding, mental maths and STEM.  The content is described as being aligned with the curriculum and is delivered by certified tutors.  As well as using the gamification approach, the resources have been developed using a process known as ‘The STEPS Methodology’.

A free trial class can be booked by entering a phone number which provide access to the following collection of courses:

“Pure online learning through videos is passive and suffers from very poor completion rates. The presence of a dedicated space, time, and a mentor is essential for young kids to learn effectively. Hence, we blend online with an offline experience at our neighbourhood learning spaces where kids can learn academic skills (English, math, science) and 21st century skills (coding, robotics, public speaking etc) in the presence of a qualified teacher. ” PlanetSpark Co-Founder Kunal Malik

The platform also offers a companion parent app so parents can view and monitor their child’s progress and receive personalised reports.

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Edtech platform, PlanetSpark, with an aim to improve communication skills in children in K-12 group, has raised $13.5 million from Prime Venture Partners and marquee global entrepreneurs including Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal, MakemyTrip CEO Deep Kalra, and others including Dr Ashish Gupta, Gokul Rajaram, and Shirish Nandkarni during a Series-B round.
PlanetSpark had previously raised $3.7 million in previous rounds, from Prime Ventures, FIITJEE and several angel networks. The latest round takes Edtech startup the total amount raised by the edtech firm to $17.2 million, till date.
PlanetSpark claims to be growing at 30 per cent month-on-month, and  has coached students with over 1 million classes across 13 countries. It grew 45x over the past year and plans to grow further by 30x over the next two years, to become the top global go-to destination for learning communication skills. The freshly infused funds will be deployed towards aggressive business growth, product development and international expansion.
 “Communication skills are the most fundamental and desirable skills that parents wish to impart in their kids. However, these skills are rarely taught anywhere. Till now, parents never thought that a reliable and structured option to develop communication skills of their children existed. With live learning coming of age in the past two years, we are the first global company to structure a program on new-age communication skills, for kids,” Kunal Malik, Co-founder, PlanetSpark said.
The global market for communication skills is over $80 billion and remains largely untapped. PlanetSpark is a category creator and a market leader in the communication skills for kids segment. It has seen incredible growth over the past year from being an Indian company to a global player with a presence across US, Middle East and Europe. The company will use the fresh funds to penetrate deeper into the existing markets and expand into new geographies, as per an official handout.
“India offers a pool of 1.8 million Edtech startup potential and current English teachers who can impart these skills to the entire globe. We plan to hire 50,000 teachers on our platform by the end of 2022. Overall, this is a golden opportunity to build the world leader in communication skills that didn’t exist till now,” said Maneesh Dhooper, co-founder, PlanetSpark.
PlanetSpark was founded in 2017 by XLRI graduates and Edtech startup hostel wingmates, Kunal Malik and Maneesh Dhooper, who bring with them over a decade of experience each, in growth and scale-up of ace organisations such as Unilever, UrbanClap and Novartis.
“Everyone learns a language but few learn to communicate well. Communication skills are going to be a life-defining skill in the 21st century. We have been very fortunate to be a part of PlanetSpark’s journey from the early days,” Amit Somani, Partner, Prime Venture Partners, said.

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