Google for Startups backs Scoodle in €1.6 million round to build tutor influencers

Following a pre-seed round last year, Scoodle has raised around 1.6 million from Google for Startups, IFG and DA One Investment in their seed round.

Founded in 2017, Scoodle is an online learning platform allowing students to connect with the best tutors available. Made for tutors, by tutors, it has a stand-out approach to tutoring that is unlike their competitors. They are the first platform to offer 0% commission on bookings made.

Rachael Palmer, Head of VC and Startup Partnerships in EMEA at Google said: “Increasing access to quality education is one of the big opportunities that the tech sector provides, and we are really impressed with the speed of growth and the quality of execution that Ismail and his team have delivered to date.”

Their content-driven approach to tutoring sets them apart. Tutors use their profiles to demonstrate their knowledge to students before a booking is made. Tutor profiles showcase answers to questions, learning resources and a newly released video platform – making it easier for students to select the best tutor for them.

Since the pandemic, Scoodle has grown 10x in monthly users – largely driven by its growing content base. In 2020 alone, almost 70% of their tutoring bookings shifted online.

Co-founders Ismail Jeilani, Imdad Ahad and Mujavid Bukhari have worked in education and started companies together for many years prior to Scoodle. It was this experience that helped them identify a gap in the tutoring market.

Ismail explains that Scoodle was founded out of his experience being a tutor to cover university tuition fees. Scoodle is built on the principle that “Everybody has something they want to learn, and something they can teach. We’re bringing them together” – a pandemic is no exception.

For Scoodle, the lockdowns we’ve lived through presented a new opportunity to connect students and educators online. As commented by Jeilani: “We’re building a world where an Arabic expert living in Egypt can create classes or share answers with students from around the world.”

Scoodle believes content is the best way for tutors and students to connect: “The content that our tutors create on Scoodle lives on. This continues to benefit other students, long after the classes have ended.”