Udemy Raises $50 Million Series E to Grow Online Courses Worldwide

edsurge | February 19, 2020

Udemy, a provider of an online learning platform of more than 150,000 courses, has raised a $50 million Series E round of funding, claiming a $2 billion valuation. Benesse, an education and publishing provider in Japan that has been a content and localization partner of Udemy’s since 2015, made the investment. Founded in 2009, Udemy has grown to 50 million students learning from 57,000 instructors on its platform, which offers courses including programming, data science and leadership, according to a statement Wednesday. Other investors in Udemy include Stripes, Insight Venture Partners and Norwest Venture Partners. Udemy has raised more than $200 million in venture capital to date.

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Personalized, competency-based learning allows students to engage deeply with what they’re learning, and for Strom Thurmond High School Principal Josh Black, it’s a critical step in preparing his graduates for an uncertain future.

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