The rise of educational technology was mainly student-centered, but teachers are also students. Doyobi, Singapore’s professional development platform, aims to provide educators with new and more engaging ways to teach STEM subjects.
The startup today announced that it has raised $ 2.8 million in pre-Series A funding under the leadership of Monks Hill Ventures. The round will include Tresmonos Capital, Novus Paradigm Capital, XA Network, as well as angel investors such as Carousell Quek CEO Siu Rui, Glints, Oswald Yeo, Seah Ying Cong co-founder and Grab Financial Group director Reuben. Did. The platform includes teacher training and interactive content for students and is currently used by approximately 2,000 teachers in more than 10 countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Two of its largest markets are Indonesia and the Philippines. Doyobi is affiliated with educational platforms Leap Surabaya, Coderacademy, and private schools such as HighScope Indonesia, Mutiara Harapan Islamic School, and Stella Gracia School.
Doyobi was founded in 2020 as a spin-off of Saturday Kids, an educational program focused on STEM. Co-founder and CEO John Tan tells TechCrunch that Saturday Kids reaches only a few thousand students a year, despite millions of children around the world who need to learn skills after running for eight years. He said he didn’t. mother. “There is a big gap between what is taught at school and what children need to learn to prepare for their future work.“ Curiosity, imagination and empathy are literacy and math skills. Is as important as it is, “he said. Teachers play an important role in shaping learning outcomes, but most innovations in teaching technology completely eliminate teachers from the classroom.
Many governments understand the importance of STEM skills for economic growth, but he added that many governments are struggling to incorporate them into CVs. Doyobi wants to solve this problem by contacting students through the teacher. In addition to teacher training, including live video lessons, the startup has also created a unique virtual learning environment that educators can use with their children. It includes courses that combine new skills with hands-on usage, interactive media, and scratch coding projects to enhance what students are learning in the classroom. Doyobi also runs an online community called Teachers As Humans, where educators can find peer support. Startups will use the new funding to create more courses for educators, along with educational resources such as videos, quizzes and projects for students.