Juni Learning, a San Francisco, CA-based digital education platform that offers engaging courses for kids taught online by live instructors, closed $10.5m in Series A funding.
The round was led by Forerunner Ventures, with participation from AME Cloud Ventures, led by Yahoo Founder Jerry Yang, Index Ventures, and Pear VC.
The company will use the funds to continue hiring instructors and expanding the number and types of accessible courses for kids 8 – 18 years old across the globe.
The funding has enabled Juni Learning to unveil new curriculums in Math and English, just in time for a new school year. Designed for students grades 6-12, these proprietary curriculums map to Common Core standards in order to supplement, enhance, and reinforce the skills taught in schools across the country. These curriculums will be available through 1:1 sessions as well as learning pods or cohorts of up to four students per class beginning in September 2020.
Founded by Vivian Shen and Ruby Lee in July 2017, Juni Learning offers STEM and English courses for kids aged 8-18, taught online by live instructors. The online learning platform features dynamic projects and videos, as well as private and small group classes with instructors handpicked from the top universities in the U.S. Its virtual experience helps kids learn in an engaging way– from the most basic concepts through advanced computer programming languages like Scratch, Python, and Java.
With the new round of funding, the company also added and trained hundreds more instructors to meet student needs throughout the pandemic and delivered over 50,000 classes over the last three months alone. Additionally, Juni introduced online coding bootcamps, webinars, and group sessions and provided tuition waivers to families of healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.