KickUp Closes $1.75M Series A Round

PHILADELPHIA, September 16 – KickUp, a K-12 professional learning analytics company, announced today the closing of a $1.75M Series A funding round. The round was led by SustainVC—a local venture capital firm focused on companies with social and environmental impact—and included Impact Engine, Spring Point Partners, and education industry experts. 

"We have known about KickUp for a long time. We have been really impressed by the team’s ability to grow their customer base and stay differentiated among other ed tech companies. We are proud to support their efforts in providing better decision-making tools for schools to support their educators."

Tom Balderston

SustainVC

The round brings KickUp’s total capital raised to $4.75M which includes prior investments from Reach Capital, Red House Education, ImagineK12, Arcady Bay Partners, Rittenhouse Ventures, and Edovate Capital.

Founded in 2015 by two teachers who wanted to improve professional learning for all educators, KickUp’s software-as-a-service platform helps K-12 school districts and PD providers schedule and manage job-embedded professional learning, assess program impact, and use formative data to drive better decision-making. Today, KickUp’s platform is used by more than 100,000 teachers. The Series A funding will be deployed to accelerate the company’s customer growth and platform expansion.

"School districts spend up to 80% of their budgets on their people. They’re investing heavily in training and developing their staff. They’re adding coaches. They’re personalizing learning. And as a result, professional learning looks completely different than it did ten years ago. That’s a good thing, because we know personalization works, but it also breeds complexity. KickUp helps school districts organize that complexity, so they can focus on the important work: growing and retaining great teachers."

Jeremy Rogoff

CEO and Co-founder, KickUp

More about KickUp

KickUp’s platform includes two modules: a job-embedded PD management system that helps automate coordinating and registering teachers for all forms of professional learning supports and an analytics platform that enables school districts to collect, and triangulate data from observations, walkthroughs, feedback, and PD attendance within custom-fitted dashboards.

Learn more here: kickup.co/what-we-do

About SustainVC

Since its founding in 2007, SustainVC has invested  in early-stage companies looking to provide meaningful social and/or environmental benefit in the US.

SustainVC supports entrepreneurs across the US and Canada  in three impact areas: climate and sustainability, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and carbon emissions; equality and empowerment, to expand technology that gives underserved populations better access to jobs and vital services; and health and education, to improve the overall quality of life of individuals and communities.

Learn more here: www.SustainVC.com

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