Learning platform FrontRow raises $14 million

Learning platform for non-academic skills, FrontRow today announced that it has raised $14 million in a Series A round led by our India Ventures team and GSV.

Existing investors Lightspeed and Elevation Capital also participated in the round alongisde angels such as Vishal Dhadlani, Raftaar, Kunal Shah, Gaurav Munjal, Farid Ahsan and multiple leaders across the startup and entertainment world.

FrontRow, founded by Shubhadit Sharma, Mikhil Raj and Ishaan Preet Singh, launched just 9 months ago and has scaled to 50K+ paid learners across 2000+ cities worldwide, with users spending over a million hours learning on FrontRow. The platform offers an end to end learning experience for learning with flagship courses taught by industry stalwarts such as Amit Trivedi, Neha Kakkar, DIVINE, Suresh Raina and 100+ live courses taught by influencers and experts for learners to go deeper in their field. A big differentiator for the company according to Mikhil Raj is their community and cohort-based approach, “70%+ of learning is actually outside the classroom and that’s the part that hasn’t been solved yet. We enable people to learn from the best, in small cohorts and be a part of a community that enables continuous learning. In fact, we see over 100K+ users learn on the community every month!”

Aditya Systla, Partner, Eight Roads Ventures commented: “As investors we’ve been a big champion of the role technology will play in disrupting multiple sectors, including education. We believe the market is highly under-served with strong secular trends in digital adoption of non-academic learning driven by limited availability of qualified instructors, flexibility in scheduling and lack of access to structured curriculum. Ishaan, Mikhil  Shubhadit and the team at FrontRow have taken the “pursuit of passion” digital, at a time when few others have in India. We are very excited to back one of the market leading companies focused on non-academic learning."

The company plans to use the funds to scale to 10+ categories and 300+ courses over the next year. Additionally, Talking about their vision, Ishaan Singh says they’ll be investing heavily on team and product, “We launched Front Row with a simple core belief - pursuing your passion is a fundamental human need. Our goal is to help you learn in the best way possible, across categories and mediums. The next decade will see new paradigms of learning, built online first, and better than offline! For this, we're building a new model of community and cohort led learning that is a fundamental evolution of edtech.”

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