Estonian ed-tech startup Clanbeat raises USD1.2 million

Estonia-based education technology startup Clanbeat has raised USD1.2 million in seed financing led by a Japanese tech entrepreneur and billionaire investor Taizo Son.

Clanbeat, founded in 2016 in Tallinn by an Estonian entrepreneur Kadri Tuisk, has raised USD1.2 million from several investors, led by Taizo Son, the chairman of Japanese mobile gaming company GungHo. Existing angel investors and Martin Henk and Ragnar Sass, the co-founders of a renowned Estonian startup, Pipedrive, also participate. Clanbeat said the funds will be used to support platform development and expansion to new markets.

Clanbeat’s team.

Clanbeat is a personal growth and organisation culture support platform for organisations that are interested in their peoples’ growth. The company provides tools for people onboarding, personal growth planning and execution through mentor relationships, one-on-one meetings and community support. The startup is also developing a software that supports students and adults in mastering driving their own learning and being a well-balanced human being along that journey.

“I believe that the future of education is self-directed lifelong learning. It means that we all should keep learning what we love until we die, because I strongly believe that the success in life is not wealth and fame but one’s personal growth,” Taizo Son said in a statement, commenting his investment. “The gardener does not make a plant grow. The job of a gardener is to create optimal conditions. As Sir Ken Robinson said, good tools that assists one’s personal growth are very important. In that sense, I empathise with Clanbeat’s vision and solutions very much.”

Taizo Son (third from left) with Kadri Tuisk, Triin Noorkõiv and Tiina_Pauklin from Clanbeat.

Clanbeat’s customers are currently in Estonia, Finland and Singapore, but with the new funding, the startup expects to strengthen its product offering and expand to new markets in Europe and Asia.

Cover: Clanbeat’s founder and CEO Kadri Tuisk (photo by Kalle Veesaar).

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