Many teachers and parents in Indonesia rely on WhatsApp to stay in touch, creating “several groups that often become messy and very ineffective, and lead to confusion or lost threads,” says Rizky Aniez, co-founder and CEO of Gredu. The Jakarta-based startup was created to provide everyone involved in the education process – school administrators, teachers, parents, guardians and students – with apps to keep track of everything and communicate with each other. Today it announces a $ 4 million Series A, led by Intudo Ventures, an Indonesia-focused venture capital firm, with the participation of returning investor Vertex Ventures.
While some teachers use Google Classroom, Gredu was created to work with Indonesia’s national and Islamic education curricula, which are used in both private and public schools. The startup is also developing new verticals, including software for preschool and college programs.
Created in September 2016, Gredu is now used by more than 400 schools, with a total of 400,000 users. Its A-series will be used to expand in the Greater Jakarta region and major cities in Indonesia, as well as for product development and hiring.
Gredu’s subscription software is centered on a management system that allows administrators and teachers to stay in touch with all their tasks, including curricula, teaching schedules, and communication with parents and students. Aniez told TechCrunch that the onboarding process is straightforward and that “in an ideal solution this can be done in a matter of hours.” Gredu was designed to be modular, so it can be customized to suit the needs of a school or district.
The platform currently consists of four main parts. The Gredu School Management System was created for administrators, while Gredu Teacher allows educators to track student attendance, create and grade exams, and organize classroom activities. Gredu Parents allows parents and guardians to track their children’s performance and talk to teachers. Gredu Student, meanwhile, allows students to view their test results, attendance records and school activities.
Gredu launched an online homework feature ahead of COVID-19 and during the pandemic he added an interactive classroom to enable distance learning. Aniez said the company plans to add new features and adapt the interactive classroom to other uses once in-person schooling becomes the norm again. “We believe that much of the digitization in schools adopted during the pandemic will continue to be used in the future, changing the way administrators run schools and improving transparency for local education authorities, teachers and others. parents, ”he added.
Gredu is part of a group of Indonesian edtech startups that have recently raised funds, including the training platform InfraDigital; CoLearn homework help and tutoring app; and ErudiFi for education funding.
In a statement, Patrick Yip, founding partner of Intudo Ventures, said: “By working with school districts and administrators, GREDU offers innovative solutions specially designed to improve the quality, transparency and efficiency of the Indonesian education system. . We are proud to support GREDU at this critical juncture as they are helping more schools digitize their operations and create a positive impact for students across Indonesia.