Learning platform Quizizz, which helps teachers turn homework and tests into self-paced games, said on Thursday it had raised $3 million in a funding round led by venture capital investor Nexus Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Prime Venture Partners and angels.
The startup also hit a milestone by passing the 10-million active user mark, it said in a statement.
The funding raised in the latest round will support new products that help students master standards specific to their grade level, school, and state.
Quizizz combines game-design elements with self-paced questions and instant feedback to help students learn for mastery. To play, teachers can use their own content or choose from millions of educator-created quizzes. Students can engage from any device.
“Our mission is to motivate every learner. When we hear that a student initially struggled on a math assignment but then replayed it six or seven times because he/she wanted to improve, we know we’re on the right track”, says Ankit Gupta, co-founder, Quizizz.
Quizziz was founded by BITS Pilani alumni Gupta and Deepak Joy Cheenath in 2015. They started their journey working with underserved students at a nonprofit school in Bengaluru. They worked closely with the teachers and students on different ideas and launched Quizizz based on their work with the students.
Different Quizizz game modes let students play as a group or complete assignments at home. Features like points, customisable memes, and an optional leaderboard personalise the experience for each class. Instead of creating quizzes from scratch and hand grading every assignment, teachers cover basic concepts by customising public quizzes and students get instant feedback when they complete each question. As a result, educators have more time to focus on priorities like individual support and curriculum development.
“With Quizizz, teachers save time and students learn while having fun. It is a win-win, and that’s why we’ve seen it adopted in more than 50 percent of U.S. schools with over 10 million students using it. We’re excited to be partners in the journey ahead,” said Ram Gupta, managing director, Nexus Venture Partners.
The Quizizz team is spread across their California and Bengaluru offices.
Several ed tech firms have raised funding over the last few months. Last month, online education start-up Unacademy raised $21 million in its series C funding round from Sequoia India, SAIF Partners, Nexus Venture Partners and other existing investors. Blume Ventures also participated in the round. The funding round valued the company over $100 million. In June, education services provider Chrysalis raised an undisclosed amount in a new round of funding from two institutional investors, Menterra Venture Advisorsand The Artha Initiative.