Engrade Raises $5M to Accelerate Expansion of Platform, Districts
Platform used by more than 40,000 schools gets strategic funding from Javelin Venture
Partners, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Kapor Capital, and Rethink Education.
Santa Monica, CA, July 03, 2013 – Engrade, the district-level education platform that unifies
the data, curriculum, and tools teachers, schools leaders, and administrators use every day by
integrating all of a district’s software and systems, today announced it has secured $5 million in a
Series B funding round to accelerate its nationwide expansion and product development. The
company has grown rapidly in recent years as it has worked with schools and districts to solve one
of the most pressing challenges facing schools---connect once disparate systems from a wide
array of sources to maximize the learning potential of students.
With the massive changes to the American education system expected over the next decade with
the increase in 1:1 and blended learning, school systems need an integrated, cost-effective, and
user-friendly technology infrastructure for managing all parts of the instructional process. Engrade
integrates all of a district’s resources, including third-party applications and open education
resources, into an easy-to-use, single sign-on solution. Used in more than 40,000 schools around
the world, Engrade enables districts to manage curriculum planning and evaluation, instruction,
assessment, and school-home communications through one fully secure, cloud-based platform,
saving time and money.
Javelin Venture Partners, an entrepreneur-driven venture capital fund in San Francisco, led the
round. Rethink Education, which led the company’s $3 million Series A round in January of 2012,
added to its position. Other participants included Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Kapor
Capital, the investment fund led by prescient technologist and investor Mitchell Kapor, Expansion
Capital and Ed-Mentor. This new round will help Engrade meet the rapidly rising demand of U.S.
schools and districts for seamless education technology integration. With Samsung Venture
Investment Corporation’s investment, Engrade anticipates business collaboration and partnership
opportunities with Samsung.
“It is time for schools and districts to have a true platform, not a jumbled collection of tools that
keep vital data locked up in separate silos," said Jed Katz of Javelin Venture Partners. "Teachers,
administrators, students, and parents are now able to see in one place the full story of an
individual’s academic performance and learning needs."
The additional capital will allow Engrade to help districts and school systems more rapidly
integrate data, curriculum, and tools from third parties into their classrooms and evaluate the
effectiveness of their instructional resources. By using Engrade, districts can more easily transition
to the new Common Core State Standards, allowing teachers and administrators to align
granular chunks of content and professional development resources with the relevant Common
“We are thrilled to work with a group of investors composed of innovative thinkers and
experienced leaders who will make excellent partners in reshaping the future of education,” said
Engrade CEO Zach Posner. “We are defining a new product category in the education market that
provides school districts with a system to use the right content with the right student at the right
time to accelerate academic achievement.”
Engrade, which doubled its staff last year to meet the increased demand from school systems
around the country, expects that the fresh round of investment will help it expand its staff and
product offerings—from advanced tools for content management to programs that will help
teachers manage all of their students' data, accessible from any device.
Engrade unifies the data, curriculum, and tools teachers, schools leaders, and administrators use
every day by integrating all of a district’s software and systems, including third-party applications
and open education resources, into one fully secure and easy-to-use, cloud-based platform.
Districts rely on Engrade’s powerful single sign-on solution to enhance district-wide
communication, plan and evaluate curriculum, manage assessment, and monitor student progress
in real time. Educators love Engrade because it simplifies their workflow, increases efficiency in
the classroom, and empowers them to use the resources and strategies that work best to improve
instruction and outcomes for each student. Since the launch of its flagship product – the most
widely used gradebook on the Web – Engrade has grown to serve more than 40,000 schools and
support a community of more than 6 million users worldwide. To learn more, visit engrade.com.
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