Vedantu acquires Instasolv, a doubt-solving app – the latest in buzzing edtech acquisitions in India

Vedantu acquires Instasolv, a doubt-solving app – the latest in buzzing edtech acquisitions in India
Vedantu founders Pulkit Jain, Anand Prakash and Vamsi KrishnaBCCL
  • While the details of the deal remain undisclosed, Vedantu had also invested $2 million in Instasolv in July 2020.
  • The latest acquisition will bring on board Instasolv’s 1 million learners to Vedantu’s platform which is already 25 million strong.
  • This is the latest acquisition in edtech, which has been led by BYJU’S and Unacademy.
Indian online tutoring startup Vedantu has acquired Instasolv, a doubt-solving app – marking its first acquisition in the buzzing educational technology space. While the details of the deal remain undisclosed, Vedantu had also invested $2 million in Instasolv in July 2020.

“Last year we took a strategic decision to invest in Instasolv to strengthen our play in doubt-solving, which is one of the key aspects of learning online. We have seen tremendous potential in Instasolv and share the same mission to democratize education in the country. Through this partnership we endeavor to change India’s learning curve through definitive outcomes,” said Vamsi Krishna, chief executive officer and co-founder of Vedantu, in a statement.

The latest acquisition will bring on board Instasolv’s 1 million learners to Vedantu’s platform which is already 25 million strong. Instasolv was founded in 2019 by IIT graduates Aditya Singhal, Nishant Sinha, and Bahul Arora.

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Vedantu Innovation Pvt. Ltd was founded in 2011 by IIT alumni Vamsi Krishna, Anand Prakash, and Pulkit Jain. In April 2020, the company had raised funding in two tranches – $12.6 million and $7 million for a Series C round. Its last reported valuation is $280 million.

Vedantu’s acquisition of Instasolv is the latest in the Indian edtech ecosystem which has players like BYJU’S, the world’s most valued edtech startup and Unacademy, which was last valued at over $2.45 billion.

StartupAcquired startupTimeline of acquisition
UnacademyTapChiefFebruary, 2021
UnacademyNeoStencilDecember 2020
UnacademyPrepLadderJuly 2020
UnacademyMastreeJuly, 2020
UnacademyCodechefJune 2020
UnacademyCoursavySeptember 2020
UnacademyKreatryxMarch 2020
BYJU’SOsmoJan 2019
BYJU’SWhite Hat JrAug 2020
BYJU’SLabInAppSept 2020
BYJU’STutorVistaJul 2017
BYJU’SMath AdventuresJul 2018
BYJU’SVidyarthaJan 2017

BYJU’S is also reportedly in talks with a few startups -- including Aakash institute, Toppr, and Schoolr -- to buy them out.
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With the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown that saw schools and colleges close their doors, online learning emerged as the next big thing to watch out for. The year 2020 saw India’s edtech startups raise over $2.2 billion in funding, with BYJU’S alone accounting for $1.35 billion, according to a PGA Labs-IVCA report.

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