Aula, a London, UK-based startup that has worked with students and educators at universities to develop a communication platform for education, closed $4.2M in seed funding.
The round was led by Project A, Brighteye Ventures, and Sunstone with participation from existing investors including Nordic Makers.
The company intends to use the funds to invest in building the case for a ‘digital campus’ with existing partner institutions, to find new partner institutions, and to build integrations with the Aula platform.
Founded at the University of Oxford in 2016 by Anders Krohn, Adrian Franklin and Oliver Nicolini, Aula is a communication platform built for education that aims to replace emails and learning management systems (e.g. Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, D2L) with digital infrastructure designed to encourage interaction and engagement.
The institutional version of Aula was launched in September 2017 and early adopter universities include Ravensbourne, the University of Nottingham, the Royal College of Art and the University of Derby.
The new investors will be joining the investors in Aula’s pre-seed round in January 2017, which included the edtech investor Emerge Education and was led by Nordic Makers. Following the round, European angel investor Hampus Jakobsson, Anton Waitz (Project A), Professor Rose Luckin (University College London and founder of Educate), Christian Jepsen (Sunstone), and Alex Spiro (Brighteye Ventures) will be joining the Aula board.