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English Learning Startup EduKita Receives Initial Funding

The funds raised reached IDR 28,3 billion with the participation of 500 Southeast Asia, Star Capital, W Ventures, Aldi Haryopratomo, and other investors

Startups edutech EduKita is reported to have received initial funding (seed). According to data submitted to the regulator, as quoted from Alternative.pe, currently the funds collected are worth $1,75 million or the equivalent of 28,3 billion Rupiah. The investors who took part include: 500 Southeast Asia, Star Capital, W Ventures, Aldi Haryopratomo, and several others.

EduKita was founded in 2021 by Peter Gumulia and Sean Widjaja. Before founding his startup, Peter was VP Strategy & Growth at Gopay -- he worked when Aldi became CEO of the digital payment platform GoTo. Meanwhile, Sean previously served as Head of Strategy & Business Operations for Airbnb SEA-India.

One of EduKita's main services is joint English courses native footballer. They have class and private programs for students (aged 5-18 years), and have special programs for corporations (B2B). The curriculum at Edukita is internationally based: ACTFL from the United States and CEFR from Europe.

Apart from this program, Edukita provides other internationally based selected programs such as Public Speaking, Book Club, and Debate.

In previous interview together DailySocial.id, Peter said that Edukita exists as an interactive online learning platform with teaching methods that can increase children's learning motivation. This platform claims to have a class concept that is different from classes in general. The curriculum is divided between 80% practice and 20% theory, which aims to teach students to think critically.

"Not in the traditional way, such as reading research journals, but with fun classes such as 'Detective Club'. We invite students to look for clues, conclude, and present the case in class. This method can improve students' ability to think critically and solve problems," said Peter.

Peter believes that most online learning nowadays tends to be boring. This makes many students and parents think online learning no more effective than face-to-face learning. In fact, one of the important foundations of online learning is an increase in children's learning motivation.

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Apart from EduKita, a number of EdTech has a focus on learning English, including Cakap, Bahaso, and English Academy by Ruangguru.

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