Knudge.me, a Bangalore-based ed-tech startup has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a new round which was led by Indian Angel Network, along with the participation of Axilor Ventures and others.
Commenting on the investment, lead IAN investor Bikky Khosla said, “Gamification is still catching up in India, because of which many do not know how much it can positively impact learning outcomes. We need to revolutionise the way our nation approaches education and Knudge.me provides that strongly integrated gamification experience with their core intent being on skill development and learning. I firmly believe that this product is uniquely positioned to make a powerful change in learning outcomes, in India and globally.”
The company was founded in the year 2017 by Zunaid Ahmed, Udit Jain and Pushp Raj Saurabh. Kundge.me is a micro-learning mobile platform to help people improve their English skills leveraging Artificial Intelligence and gamified learning.
While Axilor Ventures has invested in this funding round, the startup was also a part of Axilor’s Summer ’17 Accelerator batch. Further, the startup was also selected for Facebook’s FbStart programme, in November 2016.
Currently, the courses on the platform are targeted to help students improve their verbal score in exams such as GRE, GMAT, SAT, CAT etc. The startup’s Android app has organically gained more than two million users across the globe. The app was also selected as the “Best Hidden Gem” by Google Play Store in 2017 besides being an Editor’s Choice app.
Zunaid Ahmed Co-founder and CEO at Knudge.me, said, “We want to build Knudge.me as a global edutainment platform that makes learning fun for everyone. We already have seen interest from users in countries like the United States, Brazil and Indonesia. We believe that the phenomenon of game-based learning can be applied to a variety of learning contexts. We are truly excited at building a global consumer product out of India.”
The company is now working on a plug-and-play gamification model which will allow its users to create, share, and play games on any topic they’re interested in. Knudge.me intends to target a generation who are addicted to their phone screens and make their otherwise unproductive time more worthwhile.