Global EdTech Unicorns

The complete list of Global EdTech Unicorns

Global EdTech Unicorns

A unicorn startup or unicorn company is a private company with a valuation over $1 billion USD priced via a venture funding round. Unicorns are ‘startups’, i.e they do not include 'post-exit', acquired or listed companies, nor do they include ‘mature’ incumbents.

As of 2 January 2023, there are now 30 EdTech Unicorns around the world, collectively valued at $89B.

6 EdTech Unicorns joined the list through 2022 and HolonIQ removed 12 companies from the list in our annual review (Jan 2023), assessed as 'lapsed'. In a 'Mark to Market' scenario, where Jan 2023 consensus valuation multiples are used to 're-price' the last round, we note this list would further reduce by 25-50%.

There were no exits in 2022.

‍Recent EdTech Unicorn Developments

Changes to this list will be published here for the trailing 12 months. See previous changes in the log below the list.

🇨🇳 Changingedu, Golden Education, Hetao101, Huohua Siwei, Huike, HuJiang, Knowbox, VIPKid, Yuanfudao, Yunxuetang and Zuoyebang all removed from the list in Jan 2023, assessed as 'lapsed'. The companies have been subject to major changes in the Chinese education regulatory environment. Companies may be returned to the list following a publicly disclosed priced equity round with a valuation > $1B.

🇺🇸 Udacity removed from the list in Jan 2023, assessed as 'lapsed'. The company has not completed a priced equity round for more than 5 years. Udacity may be returned to the list following a publicly disclosed priced equity round with a valuation > $1B.

🇺🇸 ClassDojo joined the list in Jul 2022, raising a $125M Series D.

🇬🇧 Multiverse joined the list in Jun 2022, raising a $220M Series D.

🇮🇳 Physics Wallah joined the list in Jun 2022, raising a $100M Series A.

🇨🇦 Paper joined the list in Feb 2022, raising a $270M Series D.

🇮🇳 Lead School joined the list in Jan 2022, raising a $100M Series E.

🇺🇸 Domestika joined the list in Jan 2022, raising a $110M Series D.

The Complete list of Global EdTech Unicorns

Company

Country

Cluster

Unicorn Year

Last Round

Type

Valuation

India

Tutoring

2017

Oct 2022

$250M Funding Round

$22B

United States

Corporate Learning

2021

Oct 2021

$300M Series E

$4.7B

United States

Online Post Secondary

2019

Jun 2022

$175M Series F

$4.4B

United States

Corporate Learning

2021

July 2021

$1.5B Series A

$3.75B

United States

Study Notes

2020

Dec 2021

$380M Series C

$3.6B

United States

Career Planning

2021

Jan 2022

$200M Series F

$3.5B

Austria

Tutoring

2021

Jan 2022

$340M Series D

$3.4B

India

Test Prep

2020

Aug 2021

$440M Series H

$3.4B

India

Online Post Secondary

2021

Mar 2022

$350M Debt Round

$3.2B

Canada

International Recruitment

2020

June 2021

$300M Series D

$3.2B

United States

Online Curriculum

2016

June 2021

$300M Series C

$3B

China

Test Prep

2021

Feb 2021

$390M Series A

$3B

United States

Alternate

2021

Feb 2021

$110M Series D

$3B

United States

Upskilling

2021

May 2021

$225M Series F

$2.75B

India

Online Post Secondary

2021

Aug 2022

$210M VC Round

$2.25B

United States

Learning Environment

2021

May 2021

$550M PE Round

$2B+

Australia

Corporate Learning

2021

Jun 2022

$100M VC Round

$2B

Canada

Tutoring

2022

Jun 2022

$270M Series D

$1.8B

United Kingdom

Corporate Learning

2022

Jun 2022

$220M Series D

$1.7B

United States

Corporate Learning

2021

Sep 2021

$200M Series E

$1.5B

United States

Upskilling

2021

Apr 2021

$153M Series D

$1.4B

United States

Upskilling

2022

Jan 2022

$110M Series D

$1.3B

United States

Education Management

2022

Jul 2022

$125M Series D

$1.25B

India

Tutoring

2022

Jun 2022

$100M Series A

$1.1B

India

School Support

2022

Jan 2022

$100M Series E

$1.1B

India

Tutoring

2021

Sep 2021

$100M Series E

$1B

United States

Education Management

2021

Aug 2021

$200M PE Round

$1B

Israel

STEAM

2021

Jun 2021

$50M Series D

$1B

United States

Education Resources

2021

Feb 2021

$100M Series D

$1B

United States

Study Notes

2020

May 2020

$30M Series C

$1B

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EdTech Unicorn Change Log

Changes to the above list, older than 12 months are published below.

🇺🇸 Udemy left the list in Oct 2021 via IPO, raising $421M with a $3.7B market cap.

🇺🇸 Andela joined the list in September 2021, raising a $200M Series E.

🇮🇳 Vedantu joined the list in September 2021, raising a $100M Series E.

🇮🇳 Emeritus joined the list in August 2021, raising a $650M Series E.

🇮🇳 upGrad joined the list in August 2021, raising a $65M VC Round.

🇺🇸 GoGuardian joined the list in August 2021, raising a $200M PE Round.

🇺🇸 Duolingo left the list in July 2021 via IPO, raising $521 million with a $5B market cap.

🇺🇸 Articulate joined the list in July 2021, raising a $1.5B Series A.

🇦🇹 GoStudent joined the list in June 2021, raising a $244M Series C.

🇦🇺 Go1 joined the list in July 2021, raising a $244M VC Round.

🇮🇱 JoyTunes (now Simply) joined the list in June 2021, raising a $50M Series D.

🇨🇳 Zhangmen left the list in June 2021 via IPO, raising nearly $42 million with a $2B market cap.

🇺🇸 Masterclass joined the list in May 2021, raising a $225M Series F.

🇺🇸 Handshake joined the list in May 2021, raising a $80M Series E.

🇺🇸 Outschool joined the list in April 2021, raising a $75M Series C.

🇺🇸 Degreed joined the list in April 2021, raising a $153M Series D.

🇺🇸 Coursera left the list in March 2021 via IPO, raising nearly $520 million at an implied $4.3 billion valuation and closing the day up 36%, giving Coursera a market cap of $5.9 billion at the end of its first day of trading.

🇨🇳 Yunxuetang (云学堂) joined the list in March 2021, raising a $190M Series E.

🇺🇸 BetterUp joined the list in February 2021, raising a $125M Series D.

🇺🇸 Newsela joined the list in February 2021, raising a $100M Series D.

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