Scoodle secures £580k Pre-Seed investment from Biz Stone

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Scoodle raises $760,000 to help tutors become influencers, and they’re backed by Twitter’s co-founder Biz Stone.

Scoodle is helping tutors become influencers. After creating a profile, tutors can showcase their talents by sharing answers – a little like Quora. If students like what they see, they can book lessons. Scoodle hosts thousands of tutors from the UK’s best educational institutions, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and more. With a team currently made up of ex-Google and UK government employees, they’ve closed a $760,000 pre-seed round from Biz Stone – Twitter’s co-founder, alongside Tiny VC, IFG Ventures and a host of angels from Google, Miniclip, the University of Oxford and more. Scoodle is also the first education-based company to join the University of Oxford’s accelerator, Oxford Foundry

The story of Scoodle began when its co-founder, Ismail Jeilani, couldn’t afford to go to university, and he didn’t want to take a student loan. Instead, he taught small classes. Within 2 years, he covered the cost of his entire degree. 

“Everybody has something they want to learn, and something they can teach. We’re bringing them together. Educators are superstars, and they bring so much value to the lives of students. But the best tutors are not always known. We’re building a world where an Arabic expert living in Egypt can create classes or share answers with students from around the world. The content that our tutors create on Scoodle lives on. This continues to benefit other students, long after the classes have ended.

Tutors are content creators. They are constantly making amazing resources for students. They deserve to be recognised. Linkedin has created a professional identity. Facebook has created a social identity. Scoodle will create a teaching identity. One day, we’ll really make the Kim Kardashian’s of education.” said Ismail. 

One of the biggest challenges in the space is finding a ‘good’ tutor. The platform uses content as a key differentiator. It allows parents and students to assess a tutor before enquiring or booking a lesson. Currently, tutors can share answers on their profile. In future, Scoodle aims to allow tutors to share all types of content including videos and learning resources.

Unlike other tutoring marketplaces, Scoodle is the first to charge 0% commission on bookings. After growing to 100,000 users across mobile and web, they’ve now introduced a subscription model for its user base. Tutors pay £10 a month for boosted listings, and the company says this can get tutors up to 30 times more enquiries. Similarly, there is also a subscription service for students. Anyone can book, message & access tutors’ content for free – however higher tier Scoodle Pro members can ask questions directly to tutors for a more on-demand service. only premium members can ask questions on the platform.

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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 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.

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