Tutorful secures £3.2 million

Tutorful, a platform that connects students with tutors across the UK has secured a £3.2 million investment from NVM Private Equity (NVM). The investment will be used to grow the rapidly expanding online tutoring business, by building out a suite of tools and curriculum-aligned content that helps tutors deliver exceptional quality lessons. 

Sheffield based Tutorful was co-founded in 2015 by CEO Mark Hughes, a technology analyst who created the business with a simple aim; to take the hassle out of finding a private tutor. The platform helps parents and students to find the best local tutors for one-to-one tuition, either face to face, or via an innovative online classroom. With over 11,000 registered tutors covering 300+ subjects, and catering for early years all the way up to PhD level, site users can freely browse and review profiles of top-quality tutors based on subject area, level and proximity to their post code.

The UK private tutoring market is worth over £2 billion a year. There are 9 million school age children in the UK – 11% received private tuition in 2018, up from 6% a decade earlier and tuition for adult learners is on the rise with 1 in 5 university students seeking extra help. Additionally, the global tuition industry is worth $100 billion per year.

Tutorful is the eighth new growth capital deal announced in 2019 by NVM, following on from the investment in Voxpopme, Duke and Dexter and Quotevine. Ishaan Chilkoti and Stephen Johnsonled the investment for NVM, with Ishaan joining the Tutorful board at completion.

Mark Hughes, CEO of Tutorful said Tutorful started with a simple mission: to radically improve the quality and accessibility of private tutoring throughout the UK, and since 2015, we’ve already helped over 100,000 parents and students achieve their goals. This investment and support by NVM will help us accelerate our product innovation, particularly our online platform, to help us reach an even greater number of parents.

Ishaan Chilkoti, Investment Manager at NVM, added “Tutorful represents an opportunity to invest in an exciting company operating in a large industry ripe for digital transformation. In a relatively short period of time the team has developed a platform which has proved appealing to parents and students, supported by a growing catalogue of positive online reviews. We look forward to working with Mark and the team as they continue to make high-quality tutoring accessible to more households.”

Manoj Ranaweera

Manoj has founded, failed and successfully exited from a number of technology product companies as well as support organisations since 2004. Among them, Northern Tech Awards and edocr.com were acquired by GP Bullhound and Accusoft, Inc respectively. Today, Manoj is building a trusted support network for technology companies. He is working with founding teams to help them accelerate including raising investment and M&A.