Nearpod raises $ 21 million to democratize VR in education

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  • Nearpod: $ 21 million to bring more educational content in VR

Founded in 2012, Nearpod officiates in the field of edtech. The startup offers a turnkey solution allowing a teacher to use iPads synchronized with each other to make his lessons more interactive. Indeed, the user of the Nearpod solution can create multimedia presentations in order to obtain a better engagement from the students. The promise of the young shoot? Allow teachers to easily transform their classic lessons into mobile-friendly content to create emulation within classes. To continue improving its product, Nearpod has decided to integrate VR giving the possibility to teachers to create lessons improved by this technology. The young growth guarantees students free access to its VR content from any device, with or without a cardboard.



Nearpod: $ 21 million to bring more educational content in VR

The Florida company has just concluded a new round table to develop its use of VR in edtech. La Series B in the amount of $ 21 million was led by Insight Venture Partners, joined by Accelerated Growth Partners, Cito Ventures, GSV Acceleration, Deborah Quazzo, Krillion Ventures and Reach Capital. With this new lift, rising its capital at $ 30,2 million, Nearpod wishes grow and continue to develop the VR part of its solution.

Nearpod has embarked on VR by betting that elementary and secondary school students will be seduced by a 3D VR experience to be discovered through basic headsets, similar to Google's Cardboard. Indeed, these are more than 4 million students who have tasted the joys of VR thanks to Nearpod's “virtual field trips”: from the planet Mars to the Colosseum, via the seabed, VR has captivated students. Could VR become a real tool for teachers?





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