Chinese online tutoring app Yuanfudao becomes world's most valuable edtech startup with $15.5 billion valuation

Chinese online tutoring app Yuanfudao becomes world's most valuable edtech startup with $15.5 billion valuation

Published 22 Oct,2020 via China Daily - Business

Yuanfudao, China's online education startup, announced it has raised a total of $2.2 billion in its series G1 and G2 funding, making it the most valuable educational technology unicorn globally.

The G1 round was led by tech giant Tencent Holdings, with participation from Hillhouse Capital, Boyu Capital and IDG Capital. The G2 round was led by DST Global, with investors including CITIC Private Equity Funds Management Co, GIC and Temasek joining in.

With the fresh fundraising, the company's valuation reached $15.5 billion, making it the most valuable edutech startup in the world.

"After the new round of funding, Yuanfudao will continue to invest into technology innovation in the education sector, research and development of new courses and expansion of online education portfolios," the company said.

Yuanfudao, founded in 2012, leverages technology to promote high-quality education with its online learning products including live-streaming tutoring platform Yuanfudao, Zebra AI Class, online question bank Yuantiku, question searching app Xiaoyuan Souti and arithmetic problem checking app Xiaoyuan Kousuan.

In July, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee announced Yuanfudao as an official sponsor of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will be the first time an online education company will be sponsoring the Olympics.

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