Orcas, an ed-tech start-up established in Egypt, has raised $2.1 million in new funding to extend its operations in the MENAP region and enhance its product to improve online learning.
“Today’s learners have a variety of needs that EdTech companies must meet,” stated Hossam Taher, CEO of Orcas. “As a result, we’ve evolved into a learning platform that provides a full range of instructor-led and self-paced learning environments.”
Orcas offers one-on-one tutoring sessions to K-12 students, both online and in person. Practice assignments and individualised study plans are also available on the platform to aid students in their learning. This is done through gamified and free question banks that are matched to different learning methods and ages of students. All users get free access to Orcas Education Department’s high-quality academic exercises.
Orcas’ question banks have been accepted by numerous schools and teachers as a sort of auto-graded and trustworthy homework source since the feature was launched in early November 2021.
According to Taher, the fresh amount of funding would enable the company “continue to improve our technology product, attract the greatest personnel, and expand to new areas in MENAP [Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan].”
“We are confident that with this latest investment, they [Orcas] will continue to be market leaders within the space, and will now be able to add more exciting educational solutions using cutting-edge technology and bring these products to new markets,” said Aly El Shalakany, CEO of the Cairo Angels Syndicate Fund.
In early 2022, Orcas plans to open an office in Lahore, Pakistan, to assist online learning in the country.
“At Access Bridge Ventures, we invest in creative ideas, marketplaces, and technologies that will disrupt the existing education model and provide easier, better, and cheaper education access for students around the world,” said Issa Aghabi, managing director.
“The Orcas team is an excellent example of a good team with strong technology working to solve a critical emerging market problem.”
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