Byju's buys US-based playful learning system Osmo for $120 mn, aims to expand tech-enabled personalised learning

This new acquisition will bolster Byju's to innovate, explore and set new benchmarks for tech-enabled personalised learning solutions.

FP Staff January 17, 2019 11:50:23 IST
Byju's buys US-based playful learning system Osmo for $120 mn, aims to expand tech-enabled personalised learning
  • Osmo will continue to scale as a standalone brand as Byju’s taps the company’s physical-to-digital technology

  • Pramod Sharma, Osmo’s CEO and co-founder and his core team will continue to remain at Osmo’s helm

  • Launched in 2015, Byju’s Learning App offers personalised learning programs for school students in grades 4-12 in India

Byju’s, the ed-tech firm, announced it has acquired US-based Osmo, the award-winning playful learning system for creating healthy screen time experiences for $120 million. This is Byju’s first-ever purchase of a US company.

Osmo will continue to scale as a standalone brand as Byju’s taps the company’s physical-to-digital technology and content to expand and enhance its current offering. This new acquisition will bolster the Bengaluru-based firm’s team ’s international plans to innovate, explore and set new benchmarks for tech-enabled personalised learning solutions.

Byju Raveendran, Founder and CEO, Byju’s-The Learning App, said: With this acquisition, we are expanding into a new age demographic and entering the world of younger kids (age group 3-8). Our partnership with Osmo will help kids acquire a love for learning at an early age by introducing ‘play-based learning’. Overall, the partnership aims at fostering a love for learning through cutting-edge tech and a new approach to edutainment-based learning”, Byju said.

Byjus buys USbased playful learning system Osmo for 120 mn aims to expand techenabled personalised learning

A file photo of Byju's founder Byju Raveendran. Pic courtesy: News18 Hindi

Pramod Sharma, Osmo’s CEO and co-founder and his core team will continue to remain at Osmo’s helm.

“We started Osmo for parents looking for a way to combine physical, hands-on play with the power of digital platforms to foster a love of learning,” explains Pramod Sharma, Founder, Osmo. “Finding a visionary education company like  Byju’s opened an exciting opportunity to work together to carry forward our mission across all primary school grade levels on a global scale. We are excited about what we can accomplish together,” said Sharma.

Byju has been growing at 100 percent for the last three years, and is on target to triple its revenue to Rs 1400 crores this year. It has aggressive plans for international market expansion and will continue to make big investments in technology that will help to further personalise learning for students, the company management said.

Launched in 2015, Byju’s Learning App offers personalised learning programs for school students in grades 4-12 in India. It has 30 million students cumulatively learning from the app and over 2 million annual paid subscriptions. The app creates personalised learning programs for individual students based on their proficiency levels and capabilities which help them learn at their own pace and style.

 

 

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