Declara, a startup that focuses on building tech for personalized learning tools, has raised $9 million from Linden Venture Fund and Singapore-based EDBI. This brings its total Series A funding to $25 million. The company first secured $16 million, led by GSV Capital, in April and it plans to open an office in Singapore as part of its plan to distribute Declara’s platform to Asia.
Declara’s technology include customized learning tools for individual students by combining semantic search, predictive analytics, and machine learning to build a learning platform that it calls the “Cognitive Graph,” which looks at how users interact with data based on their Internet activity, including searches; interactions on social network; and content that they read. Then the platform creates a “learning map” with personalized course material for each person. It is based in Palo Alto and currently has offices in Boise, Idaho and Mexico.
The company’s platform is currently used by several schools, universities, and organizations to supplement courses. These include Educational Services Australia, which uses Declara to help teachers to learn new skills; Snidicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE), Mexico’s largest teacher union, which is using Declara to help train 1.6 million teachers and administrators; the University of Pennsylvania; and Genentech.
Learning Platform Declara Raises $9M, Sets Sights On Asia