Dealflow | April 28, 2017

MarcoPolo Learning attracts $8.5 million for early-education apps

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MarcoPolo Learning has raised $8.5 million for its early-education apps.

The New York startup launched in 2012 with a vision of universal access to early childhood education.

MarcoPolo offers five mobile apps for teaching kids about the natural world through games. Last year, it introduced a series of short science videos for three- to seven-year-olds called The Polos. The company says it reaches five million students in 150 countries.

Boat Rocker Ventures, the venture capital arm of television studio Boat Rocker Media, led the Series A round. Horizons Ventures, Seedcamp and DST Global also participated. The funding will help expand video content and distribution through Boat Rocker’s channels.

The education technology market is hot (see, “TPG’s Rise Fund comes out of the gates with a big edtech investment in EverFi”).

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