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Byju’s acquires Mumbai-based doubt clearing startup Scholr

Saransh Pandey

Intern
  • February 19, 2021
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    Scholr provides video solutions for class 6 to 10 students to solve their doubts via Android and iOS apps.

Edtech major Byju’s is in the last leg to acquire Aakash Institute and SAIF Partners-backed Toppr, the company has acquired another edtech startup Scholr in an all-cash deal. The deal has been signed early this month and likely to be announced soon and the size of the deal is in the range of Rs 15-20 crore. 

Scholr provides video solutions for class 6 to 10 students to solve their doubts via Android and iOS apps. Students are required to click and upload pictures of their queries to find instant solutions across subjects including Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, according to its website.  

The company specializes in homework help across NCERT textbooks, state board textbooks, and other board books. The app also provides academic support to users from peers and experts on the platform. Soon after Byju’s talks with Doubtnut failed, the company started looking for a startup similar to Doubtnut.  

Byju’s and Doubtnut were engaged in late-stage talks for a potential acquisition. However, the deal failed due to differences over valuation. Incubated at Sardar Patel Technology Business Incubator (SP-TBI), Scholr was founded by Himanshu Nimje, Manil Gupta, Piyush Agarwal, and Aniket Singh in 2015. While Agarwal left Scholr in 2019 to head supply strategy for OYO India and South Asia, Singh moved on from the Mumbai-based company in 2016.  

According to data available on Tracxn, Scholr has raised around $382K in multiple seed rounds from Zone Startups India, 50K         Ventures, Edupreneur Village Fund, and IIIT-H Seed Fund, and Xseed Partners among its investors. 

Since the second half of 2020, the Byju Raveendran-led company has been eyeing to strengthen its leadership position in the EdTech space. In August last year, it had acquired kids-focused online coding platform WhiteHat Jr in a $300 million deal. It also signed a deal to acquire the brick-and-mortar test preparation company Aakash Educational Services for $1 billion. Byju’s is in late-stage talks with Toppr to acquire the Zeeshan Hayath-led company for $150 million. 

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