New Zoom Competitor Targets Higher Ed Users

Ed-tech start-up Engageli has raised $14.5 million to build a videoconferencing platform. Unlike Zoom, the platform has been purposefully designed with college and university faculty members and students in mind.

29. April 2021, Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Ed-tech innovators and investors haven't missed faculty members' widespread frustration with current videoconferencing tools' limitations – frustration that's only grown as the global pandemic drags on and many classes continue to be delivered online or in hybrid formats.

Start-up company Engageli announced today that it has raised $14.5 million in seed funding to develop a new platform for remote instruction. It's an impressive sum for a company that is just a few months old.

Unlike popular videoconferencing tools such as Zoom, the Engageli platform will be built from scratch specifically for higher education use. It will "seamlessly integrate hybrid, synchronous and asynchronous online instruction all in one platform," said Dan Avida, CEO of Engageli.

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