Kide Science, a Helsinki-based edtech startup, has secured €1M funding led by Sparkmind Fund, in syndication with Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment Ltd), and also included an R&D loan from Business Finland.
The latest investment will take the company’s total seed funding to €3.2M since launching in December 2017. The new investment will also accelerate Kide’s growth in the US.
In addition, a senior UX designer and Head of Product will be hired to develop the current product into a more streamlined yet enhanced user experience.
Founded by Jenni Vartiainen, Sari Hurme-Mehtälä, and Aino Kuronen in 2017, Kide Science provides a child-centric approach to teaching that helps early childhood educators equip 3-to-8-year-olds with lifelong skills from problem-solving to communication.
Backed by Education Finland, Kide is on a mission to get children excited about how the world around them works. The platform has transformed over a million children, parents, and teachers to learn together through stories and play.
Closer to home, in June 2022, Kide Science won the First Education Finland Award as the best learning solution for international markets.
“Our research and feedback from customers shows that a child’s imagination can help learning in more areas than just science – there’s really compelling evidence that shows hands-on learning through stories and play is effective in all areas: we’ve seen it help develop skills in maths, language, social emotional learning and social studies. It’s incredible, really.” says co-founder Jenni Vartiainen, who´s doctoral thesis is the origin of Kide Science.