September’s European edtech deals

A monthly overview

European edtech generated a little over $19 million in VC funding over six rounds, including $3.63 million invested in UK companies. The deals focused mostly on content platforms such as Labster, which raised $10m to make fully-equipped virtual labs available to any university, Inkitt, a reader-powered book publishing platform, and Gooseberry Planet, which uses gamified content to teach students how to be responsible digital citizens.

September’s biggest deals:
Labster raised $10m in a Series A round led by Balderton Capital.
Inkitt raised $3.9m in a pre-Series A from Frontline Ventures and SpeedInvest.
Hoop’s funding round, led by BFG Ventures, added up to $3.23 million.

Read on for the full list of edtech deals in September.


Labster enables universities to teach science using fully-equipped virtual laboratories, at a fraction of the cost of their physical counterparts (via TechCrunch).

  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Round: $10m
  • Date: 06/09/2017
  • Stage: Series A
  • Total raised to date: $13.67m
  • Investors: Balderton Capital (Lead), David Helgason, and Northzone


Inkitt is a reader-powered book publisher that analyzes reader behaviour to predict future bestsellers (via FinSMEs).

  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Round: $3.9m
  • Date: 25/09/2017
  • Stage: Seed
  • Total raised to date: $5m
  • Investors: Frontline Ventures and Speedinvest


Hoop is an app that surfaces nearby activities for kids, allowing parents to better plan their time (via FinSMEs).

  • Location: London, UK
  • Round: $3.23m
  • Date: 27/09/2017
  • Stage: Seed
  • Total raised to date: $3.23m
  • Investors: BGF Ventures (Lead), ustwo


Digiexam digitises school and university exams (via Breakit).

  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Round: $1.25m
  • Date: 14/09/2017
  • Stage: Series B
  • Total raised to date: $4.75m
  • Investors: Undisclosed

Gooseberry Planet

Gooseberry Planet creates responsible digital citizens by providing gamified content to schools (via UK Business Angels).

  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Round: $399.1k
  • Date: 08/09/2017
  • Stage: Angel
  • Total raised to date: $796.61k
  • Investors: Anvil Partners LLP

Active Quiz

Active Quiz provides quizzes that users unlock through movement. Think QuizUp meets Pokemon Go (via Breakit).

  • Location: Trollhättan, Sweden
  • Round: $251.74k
  • Date: 08/09/2017
  • Stage: Angel
  • Total raised to date: $251.74k
  • Investors: Angels