Twitter co-founder invests in London edtech tutoring platform

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A London-based edtech startup, backed by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, has raised $760,000 in pre-seed funding. 

Tiny VC, IFG Ventures and a number of unnamed angels also supporting the funding round. 

Scoodle is a platform that lets students post questions online for them to be answered by tutors who are seeking to boost their reputation, and in turn, garner more tutoring work. 

After launching in 2018, Scoodle also became the first edtech company to join the University of Oxford’s accelerator, Oxford Foundry.

Tutors create their own comprehensive profiles and share learning resources to demonstrate their expertise. Ultimately, students can also book tutoring sessions on the platform with tutors that have impressed them. Currently, it doesn't charge a booking fee.

Co-founder and CEO Ismail Jeilani previously worked at Google

Ismail Jeilani, co-founder and CEO of Scoodle, told TechCrunch: “Our tutors share content like learning resources on their profiles, which parents get to view before booking a lesson. Through this approach, tutors begin to develop their own brands, like ‘an educator’s LinkedIn’”.

Jeilani added: “It’s very common that a student discovers Scoodle on the back of a Google search. When they view an answer, they also see other answers from that tutor, along with how many students they’ve helped. This helps create trust”.

The platform now has 100,000 users and the tutors come from the likes of the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and Imperial College London among others.

For tutors, a subscription £10 a month will provide boosted listings and help secure up to 30 times more enquiries, according to Scoodle.