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Contxto – Edtechs are quite in vogue lately. And literally investing in education looks like a promising enterprise as Mexican edtech Aprende Institute recently showed. This startup announced its seed round for US$1.6 million today.
Angel Ventures through its AV Alliance Fund II LP, 500 Startups, Artisan Venture Capital, Claure Group, and angel investors from Latin America procured the funds.
And thanks to them, Aprende Institute can improve its technology and educational offerings. The funds will also serve to further develop its network between students, freelancers, and gig workers.
The edtech currently has students from Mexico, Colombia, and the United States. But it plans to eventually reach learners in Argentina, Peru, Chile, and Brazil.
Aprende the importance of learning in your language
Learning a new skill is fantastic both for professional and personal reasons. However, who has time to sit in a classroom nowadays? What’s more, with quarantine confinements, who even can?
Edtechs as of late are filling this gap, but not completely.
Startups with courses in Spanish, like Platzi and Crehana, are mainly focused on skills for digital mediums. Correspondingly a large part of their content is about coding, design, and marketing.
Meanwhile, offerings in classes for technical skills in cooking, auto repairs, applying professional makeup, among others, are often only found in English. As a result, they leave out Spanish-speaking people interested in earning extra income through these activities and trades.
And that’s exactly the niche Aprende Institute covers.
The world needs more than just programmers
Aprende Institute has on-demand online training courses in Spanish for skills not usually found on other platforms.
Why it’s important: No doubt digital skills are greatly needed for the future. But not everyone is interested in learning how to program software. Furthermore, technology still hasn’t developed sufficiently to have robots that can install lighting systems, cook a delicious dish, or organize a wedding.
These tasks require a human touch and creativity that only people can provide in our tangible world.
Moreover, a large part of the population in Latin America and Hispanics in the United States rely on these types of skills to make a living.
Tech is important, but it’s not the only thing that matters.
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