Coursera, the world’s leading online learning platform, today announced closing a $103 million investment in a Series E equity round. SEEK Group (ASX: SEK), a global leader in investing, scaling and operating online employment and education businesses, led the round while existing investors Future Fund and NEA also participated in the funding.
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution, marked by advancements in automation and artificial intelligence, is dramatically reshaping our lives, businesses, and jobs. Coursera is at the forefront of preparing individuals, companies, and governments to meet that challenge head-on and turn this disruption into opportunity,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera’s CEO. “The additional funding gives us the resources and flexibility to further expand internationally and to accelerate the development of a learning platform that currently serves 40 million learners, 1,800 businesses, and over 150 top universities.”
Commenting on the investment, SEEK Co-Founder and CEO Andrew Bassat said “This investment reflects our commitment to online education, which is enabling the up-skilling and re-skilling of people and is aligned to our purpose of helping people live fulfilling working lives.
We have been watching Coursera for many years; they have a great team of people doing terrific work. We are pleased to come on board to partner with them in their next phase of growth.”
Since raising a Series D in June 2017, Coursera’s learner base has grown from 26 million to 40 million. The 3,200 courses and 310 Specializations available on the platform are increasingly stackable, enabling learners to acquire new skills and earn valuable credentials while also building a pathway towards a full degree. The portfolio of degrees on Coursera has also grown to 14 world-class degrees from the top universities in high-demand areas of business administration, data science, computer science, and public health.
In January of this year, the company — along with top-ranked partners like Columbia University, Johns Hopkins and the University of Michigan — announced the launch of a health content vertical to address the acute shortage of skilled workers in the industry. And Coursera’s enterprise offering, Coursera for Business, continues to grow rapidly around the world with more than 1,800 customers including its largest enterprise partnership to date with the Abu Dhabi School of Government to upskill 60,000 government employees.
Coursera understands that collaboration between learners, educators and employers is critical to creating an education ecosystem that aligns with the needs of the new economy. As Coursera continues to grow, the company remains committed to building a platform that brings these stakeholders together to deliver a future where anyone, anywhere can transform their lives through learning.
About Coursera: Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to anyone, anywhere. It is now the world’s largest online learning platform for higher education. 190 of the world’s top universities and industry educators partner with Coursera to offer courses, Specializations, and degrees that empower over 40 million learners around the world to achieve their career goals. Over 1,800 companies trust the company’s enterprise platform Coursera for Business to transform their talent. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital and Learn Capital.
About SEEK: SEEK’s purpose is to help people live more fulfilling and productive working lives and help organisations succeed. SEEK operates world-leading online employment and education businesses across the globe. SEEK has a relationship with over 190 million people and 900,000 organisations. SEEK is recognised by Forbes as a ‘Most Innovative’ company and provides a culture of excellence and acceptance celebrating the diversity of employees that contribute to the success of the organisation.
SEEK is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:SEK) and has a market capitalisation of ~AUD$6 billion. SEEK is an active investor in organisations that are aligned to its purpose.