French startup OpenClassrooms has announced that it has raised $60 million from General Atlantic, along with the participation of existing investors Citizen Capital, Alven, and Bpifrance.
Founded in 2013 by Pierre Dubuc and Mathieu Nebra, OpenClassrooms offers courses in English, French, and Spanish. The company’s mission is to ‘make education accessible.’
According to the company, every month, around 3 million users accesses its platform. The platform, which is the most popular massive open online course platform in France, has evolved beyond on-demand courses to provide full-fledged degrees. It now provides its users a degree certified by the French state to those who study full time on OpenClassrooms.
The company has also created a community of mentors who regularly check with users to see how they’re doing. There are 600 mentors working for OpenClassrooms. The company guarantees that user will find a job after taking a course on its platform. If they can’t find a job within six months, OpenClassrooms will pay back for the degree.
In 2012, it began offering vocational qualifications. In just a few years, the company says that it became the leading platform for code learning, tech knowledge, and digital culture. It offers more than 1,000 courses on its platform, ranging from entrepreneurship, digital marketing to web development.
OpenClassrooms has 12 available degree programs in French and 7 in English, which include Front-end web development, Ruby development, Android development, iOS development, full-stack web development, UX design, product management. Program take from 6 to 12 months to complete and the level of the program ranges from bachelors-level to masters-level.