$8.3B Global EdTech Venture Capital after Q3 2020

The first three-quarters of 2020 mark a global record for EdTech Venture Capital. Q4 boasts a strong pipeline with reasonable potential 2020 will top $10B of VC for the full year.

Education Intelligence Unit

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October 8, 2020

Venture Capital has been fueling global growth in EdTech and 2020 will likely see more than $10B back the sector. The first three quarters have already seen a record $8.3B of VC investment. China retains the lead, and perhaps momentarily thanks to ByJu's, India takes second place ahead of the US. These three markets alone make up 90% of total global EdTech investment.

EdTech started the last decade with $500m of Venture Capital investments in 2010 and finished 14x higher at $7B in 2019. Through COVID, EdTech attracted $8.3B of VC through the first three quarters of 2020, setting the sector up for a record-setting full year.

$5.1B of the $8.3B was invested in 23 Mega Rounds (> $100M). This is approximately half of all EdTech mega-rounds in the prior five years.

Q1 included a giant $1B Yuanfudao round and $400M of ByJu’s funding. Q2 was slower with Zuoyebang closing $750m in last few days of the quarter. By Q3, ByJu’s had closed another $500m, Zhangmen $400m and VIPThink $200m.

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