London and Cyprus-based LearnWorlds raises €1 million for its platform that allows anyone to launch their own online school

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LearnWorlds is an e-learning platform that combines interactive video, e-book, and social features, allowing anyone to create enjoyable learning experiences. On its platform, anyone with something to teach can launch a profitable online school.

Founded in 2014 in Cyprus but now with its headquarters in London, LearnWorlds has announced its first investment of €1 million from Marathon Venture Capital. The financing will enable the startup to enhance its offerings to address the needs of large-scale online schools, corporates that want to educate their customers, and organizations looking for an easy to use learning platform to train their staff.

“Learning is the most effective, guaranteed and fulfilling way to change a life, and the future of learning is online,” said Panos Siozos, LearnWorlds CEO & co-founder. “LearnWorlds is a ‘Shopify for the knowledge economy’, helping instructors to monetize their skills by reaching vast new audiences and transforming the lives of millions of learners. Our team is laser-focused on the success of our customers. We decided to raise our first ever outside investment in order to move faster, increase our sales capacity and add features that will allow us to better serve large scale schools and enterprise customers.”

LearnWorlds has been growing rapidly, and already counts more than 1,000 customers in over 70 countries, ranging from solo edupreneurs to professional training organizations, large tech companies, and government agencies. More than half of its customers are based in the US.

“LearnWorlds is a rare breed of company that has bootstrapped to profitability while enjoying fast growth, raving customer reviews, and a diverse customer base,” said Panos Papadopoulos, partner at Marathon Venture Capital. “We are excited to partner with an experienced team providing a market-leading solution for crafting new educational experiences. We see a future where learning is increasingly facilitated by a distributed pool of content creators building online, proprietary audiences, and we believe LearnWorlds is going to play a role towards it. We have been fascinated by the extent of use cases already at play in the platform, ranging across the spectrum of personal and professional skills, from hobbies to enterprise software academies.”

LearnWorlds currently boasts 25 full-time employees with a strong R&D background, and is currently expanding its team across roles. Its end-to-end solution encompasses all aspects of creating and running an online academy, starting with award-winning authoring tools for creating interactive online courses, all the way to monetization, marketing, certifications and analytics. LearnWorlds is highly rated at user review websites like G2 Crowd and Capterra, consistently being ranked among the top five course platforms worldwide.