Learning Labs on-demand platform for Telco Cloud LabLabee raised 1.4 million euros in pre-seed round

LabLabee, the world’s first hands-on lab platform for Telco Cloud, has received €1.4 million in a pre-seed round to support its long-term mission to democratize Telco Cloud by making training for these technologies more interactive, accessible and affordable for everyone.

The funding round was led by Brighteye Ventures, one of the largest EdTech VC funds in Europe, with participation from Accel Capital, Kim Ventures and e& capital, the business arm of e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group).

Many well-known business angels such as Docker’s co-founder, Sebastien Pahl; CEO of Telco Cloud at Nokia, Anne Tavares; Cisco Global Service Provider Innovation Manager, Patrice Nivaggioli; and CEO of Propeller, Tambi Jalouqa; as well as more friendly angels coming from Telco, Investment and IT also participated in fundraising.

With the fresh capital raised, the company plans to improve the student experience, increase the speed and delivery of its platform, and develop more labs for advanced technologies such as IoT, Edge Computing, and Network Slicing.

Co-founded by Samir Tahraoui and Mahfoud Sidi Ali Mebarek, LabLabee is a training platform that enables telco operators, industrial companies and training centers to infuse practice into their training while reducing process costs. Its challenges and learning paths are designed to provide students with hands-on, real-world experience, maximizing results and enhancing the experience.

Sharing information about the company and its vision, Co-founder and CEO of LabLabee, Samir TahraouiHe said:

“I believe that the future of telecommunications networks will be open, elastic and scalable. And with LabLabee we are preparing the industry for this transformation through an interactive virtual platform with the purpose of making Telco Cloud technologies such as 5G or OpenRAN available as we have with web technologies in terms of delay, procedures and flexibility.”

Tahraoui further said:

“This round is a good milestone for us to continue to design and develop new laboratory technologies for our current and future clients.”

By providing affordable, hardware-free Telco cloud labs, LabLabee enables students to enhance their learning experience and maximize its outcomes, preparing them for the industry’s shift to the cloud.

Commenting on the funding, Brighteye Director, David GuérinHe said:

“The telco cloud market is undergoing a major transformation, but industry training is not keeping pace. We truly believe in the ability of founders to transform this neglected market by helping telco engineers acquire new skills, upskill and/or re-skill in a more efficient, cost-effective and interesting way.”

Over the past year, the startup has collaborated with eight official partners around the world. Two of its partners are Setelia and TIP Academy, and these partnerships help clients provide the labs needed to effectively train teams. In addition, the platform is used by many prominent businesses and schools, including Orange France, Togocom and INSA Lyon.

Head of Corporate Venture Capital, e&capital, Kushal Shahhe added:

“We believe in investing in ideas that will advance a bright digital future by acquiring, growing and supporting visionary technology companies. LabLabee has the potential to bring about sweeping changes in the areas of innovation and digital disruption. In line with our ambitions to digitally empower societies around the world, we remain committed to supporting such startups who are able to transform their new ideas into the great companies of tomorrow.”

Currently, the company has 13 labs and a total of 156 challenges in its catalog for Telco cloud technologies, including 5G, OpenRAN, SDN and Openstack.

In the near future, LabLabee also plans to expand its team as part of the company’s goal to encourage more innovation, opening up to more creative ideas and smarter solutions to current problems.

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Author: Shalini Pathak

Shalini PathakShalini Pathak is a writer at EdTechReview (ETR) – India’s leading edtech media and community. He has over four years of experience in the media, covering different beats. Like all writers, she is first and foremost an avid reader with a passion for creating out-of-the-box content and the ability to write about any topic. As part of the ETR team, he will cover the latest news in the edtech industry with a focus on stories about edtech startup companies and their funding.

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