MarcoPolo Learning to launch their interactive educational media program for children age 3-7 in India with the guidance and support of the strategic investment arm of The Times Group.
MarcoPolo Learning an educational technology and media company that focuses on nurturing curiosity and instilling the love of learning in children age 3-7 with high quality video lessons and interactive learning games across multiple subjects with a key focus on Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and literacy has received an initial $2 million USD (with the potential for a further $6 million USD) investment from Brand Capital International to support their expansion in to India. Brand Capital will also be providing strategic guidance, marketing support and assistance with developing relationships with influencers, school groups and local government as part of the partnership.
Founded in 2013, MarcoPolo Learning is an award-winning producer of educational content and digital platforms for both school and home learning. Their mission is to provide young children worldwide with best-in-class video lessons and games that nurtures their natural curiosity and teaches foundational skills playfully. With the support of Brand Capital International, they have identified India as a key market for expansion and will be able to capitalize on the expertise that Brand Capital International can provide throughout their launch in India.
MarcoPolo’s apps have been downloaded over 10 million times across more than 150 countries. MarcoPolo’s flagship learning program, The MarcoPolo World School app features more than 500 lessons and 3,000 learning activities. It’s newly launched MarcoPolo for Educators platform brings high quality digital media, educator guides, offline activities to schools around the world. Popular characters from MarcoPolo’s first original animated STEM learning TV series, The Polos , serve as kids’ co-pilots throughout the learning experience.
“Our business model involves finding leading local partners around the world to help us build our brand and market our products in their country. We found the best partner in Brand Capital for our expansion into India. They have both the experience working with edtech companies as an investor in Byjus and others, and the media reach to help MarcoPolo build our brand and product awareness with local expertise. We are excited to start working with Brand Capital for our launch later this year. “ said Justin Hsu , CEO of MarcoPolo Learning
“We are thrilled to welcome MarcoPolo Learning into the Brand Capital International portfolio,” said Neville Taraporewalla , president of Brand Capital International . “They have built an innovative and fun program that helps children around the world learn educational concepts through their strong educational media and corresponding app. We look forward to supporting them as they bring their products to children in India.”
Marco Polo Learning offers both a free and paid version of their app and is available for both iOS and Android devices.
About MarcoPolo Learning
MarcoPolo Learning is an award-winning developer of educational content and technology for early learners. Serving both the home and school market, MarcoPolo is best known for its flagship learning app, MarcoPolo World School. Emmy-nominated for its premium video content and highly engaging child-facing technology, the program focuses on skills that develop curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. MarcoPolo’s STEAM-focused TV series, The Polos, reaches over 500 million households across the world.
With offices in New York, London and Shanghai, MarcoPolo has put their focus on serving a global audience and distributing its content and platforms by partnering with leading media and educational groups throughout the world, including Teaching Strategies (US), Bright Horizons (US), New Oriental (China), SKY (UK), BT (UK), Viacom18 (India), NatGeo Kids (Latin America) and many others. MarcoPolo is a venture-backed startup led by strategic investors New Oriental and Boat Rocker Media of Canada.
About Brand Capital International
Brand Capital International (BCI), headquartered in San Francisco, California, is the strategic investment arm of The Times Group, the largest media conglomerate in India. BCI channels its deep domain expertise and insights in the Indian economy to steer early-stage and high-growth companies from across the globe to thrive in one of the world’s fastest growing markets. To learn more about Brand Capital International, its investment thesis and its portfolio companies, visit us at www.brandcapitalus.com