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Amritsar, NFAPost: Bengaluru-based edtech startup Codeyoung has secured an undisclosed amount in a seed round of funding led by US-based venture capital firm Guild Capital.

Codeyoung plans to utilise this fund to scale up in international markets, as well as strengthen academics research, technology, and product teams.

The startup, founded in 2019 by IIT-Delhi alumni Shailendra Dhakad, and Rupika Taneja, provides live online coding classes to K12 students between five and 16 years of age.

Codeyoung Co-founders, Rupika Taneja (left), and Shailendra Dhakad (right)

The startup has an aim to develop cognitive skills and creative thinking among children through coding.

“We started our journey by making programmes in coding as a way to impart necessary skills to school kids in an enjoyable and engaging way. Now, we have more than 15,000+ kids globally enrolled in our various programmes. The funding will help us in reaching out to more students and launching more programmes aligned with our vision,” Codeyoung Co-Founder Taneja said.

The curriculum is designed to instil creativity among kids, and extends beyond the drag and drop environment, and equips kids with skills to create industry-standard programmes on popular languages like Python and Java, the company said.

“We believe coding will be as important as any other language skill in the coming days, and introducing such courses at an early age will be crucial. We are proud to partner with the Codeyoung team and help them achieve their vision,” said Apoorv Gautam, India Head and Chief Operating Officer, Guild Capital.

Codeyoung’s mission is in line with the new education policy of the country that prescribes courses in programming and web development for students in Class 6 and above.

Codeyoung further plans to launch several coding courses and engagement initiatives that will address the learning gaps, Co-Founder Dhakad said.

“The trust shown by investors has further fueled our desire to make coding more fun and contextual for school kids across the world,” Dhakad added.

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