Cypher closes €277k seed funding

Cypher closes €277k seed funding

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The London-based edtech startup, Cypher offers creatively themed coding camps for children aged between 5 to 14 with the aim of inspiring children to learn coding, computational thinking, problem solving and communication. The coding-oriented startup has closed a second funding round of €277K, bringing the total funds raised since launch in 2016 to €480K.

“We use real life, creative examples to engage the students in the social value of coding and computer science – applying these skills to conservation, architecture and design. I am passionate about the advantages technological developments can bring to wellbeing. “

This was the statement of the American entrepreneur, author and computer scientist Elizabeth Tweedale, who has been teaching children coding in London over the last 6 years.

She saw an untapped opportunity to make coding more accessible to all children, not just those who are naturally gifted. She tapped the opportunity and commercialized it. She also wanted to create a venture that would also have a positive social impact on children’s futures. 

Her vision is to equip the next generation in other to pilot the changing world around us via understanding the universal technological language of code, the most powerful language tool.

She said: “when today’s school children leave university, technologies such as AI and robotics will be commonplace. I truly believe it is our generation’s responsibility to educate children on coding and computational thinking in order for them to navigate this new reality. Children should embrace these technologies, rather than be intimidated by them.”

The startup which is supported by Michael Liebreich won the 2017 Small Business Grants and was selected for the Natwest Accelerator programme.

According to an edtech writer, Alara Basul “it has grown from three to 30 teachers since its inception and has hosted over 1,000 children in its coding camps. Revenue has grown 330% in two years, with global plans to franchise the business in the US and Middle East.’

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