Australian EdTech startup Clipboard has raised $3.1 million in an undisclosed funding round to develop its after-school platform.
The funding round was led by Sydney-based venture capital firm EVP, with participation from Jelix Ventures and Sprint Ventures.
Founded in 2017 by then-university students Ed Colyer and Sam Clarke, Clipboard helps schools run better extracurricular activities so students get more value out of them. While coaching basketball at their former high school, they became frustrated with the manual systems used to organize extracurriculars and activities. They felt that there were limitations in organization and communication, which ultimately affected participation. They also realized that this was a problem faced by most schools in Australia.
“That experience gave us the insights we needed to improve extracurriculars for students, parents and schools,” co-founder and product manager Colyer said, as reported by SmartCompany. “It’s simply impossible to have an exceptional experience for hundreds or thousands of attendees when you’re using paper forms and Google Sheets.”
So the team created a mobile-friendly single-point platform to manage all activities and communication. The goal was not only to save administrators time, but also to improve child safety and communication between staff, parents and students.
Clipboard’s main product is an extracurricular management system (EMS), which schools use to manage activities ranging from choir to basketball, coding clubs, outdoor education, public speaking and everything in between.
Clipboard plans to use the fresh capital raised to further build out its platform and hire new staff to drive local adoption. The company claimed to have grown by more than 200 percent in the last business year.
Daniel Szekely, partner at EVP, said,
“We like that this is the work of students and teachers for students and teachers. The founders don’t come as consultants to make a quick buck, they truly appreciate the pain points and are on a mission to improve extracurriculars. With the capital raised, the business is now attracting top talent from much larger EdTech businesses and we are excited about its growth plans locally and internationally.”
Daniel Szekely joined Clipboard’s board following the investment.
Clipboard’s platform is now used in over 100 schools in Australia and Southeast Asia, reaching over 60,000 students and parents each week.
Some of the schools using the platform include Pymble Ladies’ College, Geelong Grammar School, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Covenant Christian School and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School.