Dealflow | September 16, 2017

Kings Learning raises $2.5 million for low-income Indian learners

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The Bangalore company’s game-based teaching app helps underprivileged students develop spoken English skills to land jobs in India’s booming knowledge economy.

The app, called Enguru, offers instruction in 28 of India’s regional languages, including Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada.

“The focus of Enguru is to help people practice conversational English in a workplace setting,” like conducting a shop transaction or speaking with a manager, said Kings Learning’s Arshan Vakil.

The app launched in 2015, has been downloaded two million times and has 120,000 active users. The company raised $2.5 million from an investor group led by Dell Foundation, whose India Educational Investment Fund assists education startups.

The Foundation recently backed NEST to expand learning centers for primary school students.