UpGrad, an India-based higher EdTech major has on Monday announced a fresh round of $210 million fundraise from marquee investors and family offices who join the company cap-table.

This round has witnessed participation from ETS Global, the world’s largest TOEFL and GRE test leader, and Bodhi Tree, a joint venture of James Murdoch and Uday Shankar.

Singapore’s Kaizen Management Advisors Pvt. Ltd, family office of Bharti Airtel, Narotam Sekhsaria (Ambuja Cements and ACC), and Artian Investments (Lakshmi Mittal- ArcelorMittal) also participated the round along with existing investors Temasek, IFC and IIFL, upGrad said in a statement.

Founder Group also invested $12.5 million in this round to maintain their over 50 percent ownership in upGrad.

“We welcome our new investors and industry veterans to the upGrad cap table. There is a massive Re-skilling Revolution taking place around the world and over the last five years our 4800+ colleagues have worked hard and smart to be at the epicenter of taking advantage of this, not just in India but around the world. Higher EdTech will be on the rise for the next four to five decades,

“UpGrad in the last 12 months has re-shaped itself to be the most integrated company in this space with career opportunities for the college learners and working professionals from the age of 18 to 58 and will be a lifelonglearning partner for millions in the coming years. We have always been very capital efficient while growing 100% year-on-year and hope to retain that discipline,” said upGrad Co-Founders Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar.

According to the statement, upGrad team strength will grow to 7600 from the present 4800 in the next three months and will also include about 170 full-time faculty, 1600 teachers, and over 5000 on-contract coaches and mentors, thereby building one of the largest full-time Edtech faculty in the world.

Bucking the slowdown trend within the sector, it said upGrad has remained bullish with its program completion rate of 80%+ and has emerged as a global leader in the higher education segment. 40% of the company’s total revenue is realised from Repeats and Referrals year-on-year.

UpGrad is also on track to record annual gross revenue of $400 million to $500 million during FY23 out of which about 45 percent of total revenue will be realised from its own-branded online courses and programs.

UpGrad started in 2015 is a pioneer in the online education revolution, focused on powering career success for a global workforce of over 1.3 billion.

The firm is one of the few Integrated lifelonglearning tech companies in the world – spanning the college learner to the working professional from the age group of 18 to 50 years and across Undergrad courses, campus and job linked programs, studying abroad, short form to executive programs to degrees, masters and doctoral – with a learner base of over 3 million across 100+ countries and over 300 University partners and a robust enterprise business with a client base of 1000 companies worldwide.

UpGrad’s global learning engine rests on four pillars – its large repository of original and owned content and IP, its own best-in-class proprietary tech platform, it’s high touch human-led delivery service backed by coaches and mentors, and an 85 percent course completion track record, backed by a further 80 percent career outcomes guaranteed performance.

The firm has offices in the United Kingdom, United States, Middle East, India, Singapore and Vietnam, and with a presence in many more countries.

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