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SoftBank-backed Korean edtech startup Riiid acquires Langoo, expands in Japan   – FiratNews

SoftBank-backed Korean edtech startup Riiid acquires Langoo, expands in Japan   – TechCrunch

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Riiid, a South Korea-headquartered AI-powered edtech firm, acquired its Japanese distribution companion Langoo to develop its Japan footprint. 

The acquisition comes after the corporate’s newest $175 million Sequence D spherical from SoftBank’s Imaginative and prescient Fund 2 in Might. Riiid has mentioned it is going to proceed to gas its international growth with the funding. 

Langoo, Riiid’s companion in Japan, provides Riiid Tutor, previously often called Santa, a take a look at prep app for the English-language proficiency take a look at TOEIC within the area. Riiid claims that greater than 2.5 million customers downloaded the Riiid Tutor app in South Korea and Japan. When it launched in April 2019 in Japan, the Riiid Tutor app took the highest rating in gross sales amongst training functions in Android throughout the first week of its launch. 

“The distinctive capability of Langoo in its native enterprise with Riiid Tutor was the primary motive for this acquisition,” mentioned co-founder and CEO of Riiid YJ Jang. “Riiid’s power is our scalability and talent to use our know-how wherever, no matter areas, languages and domains. By leveraging this funding, we are going to seize broader Japanese market alternatives. This acquisition is step one in an inorganic technique to finally apply Riiid’s AI know-how to the worldwide market and assist extra learners world wide.” 

Japan is likely one of the largest training markets and has huge potential to develop within the Japanese edtech trade that also depends on the standard in-person training system, a spokesperson at Riiid advised FiratNews. After penetrating the Japanese market, Riiid will gear as much as enter different worldwide areas, together with Central and East Asia, the spokesperson added. 

The Japanese distant studying trade was estimated at $2.6 billion in 2020, growing 22.4% 12 months on 12 months, primarily based on a report by Yano Analysis Institute. 

Riiid plans to shore up advertising, gross sales and B2B enterprise improvement in Japan by organising a Japanese unit by way of the acquisition. The corporate expects to handle native distant studying and training out there.

In Japan, Riiid will provide its providers, starting from the TOEIC to English talking and tutoring providers, to broaden its buyer base.  

Riiid has been actively penetrating the worldwide market since 2020 after it opened the U.S. arm, Riiid Labs, in Silicon Valley. Riiid additionally has customers in Vietnam and Taiwan, and not too long ago sealed a partnership take care of an India-based AI edtech firm, the spokesperson mentioned. It’s set to open an R&D middle in Canada, the spokesperson added. 

Past the TOEIC cellular app, the corporate launched an ACT prep cellular app with ConnectMe Training in early 2021 in Egypt, Turkey, UAE, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. It additionally unveiled the GMAT beta model, in partnership with Kaplan, in 2021, aiming on the Korean market first. Within the first quarter of 2022, Riiid is scheduled to launch Riiid Classroom, an AI-based answer that provides academics a formative evaluation and studying program. Its key options embody particular person efficiency evaluation, lecture suggestions primarily based on particular person college students’ weaknesses, dropout evaluation and activity administration.  

Riiid supplies AI-based on-line training options for Okay-12, post-secondary and company coaching. Based in 2014, it has roughly 210 staff globally, together with South Korea, the U.S, the U.Okay., Canada, Brazil, and Vietnam.