Ed-tech firm PhysicsWallah (PW) has raised USD 100 million (about Rs 777 crore) in series A funding from Westbridge and GSV Ventures at a valuation of $1.1 billion, the company mentioned on Tuesday. With this development, the firm claims to have become India’s 101st unicorn and the first edtech player to achieve the milestone in the series A funding round.
“This latest development will help us further our vision and implement new initiatives to augment the learning journeys of students, thereby enabling them to reach new heights in their careers,” Alakh Pandey, founder and CEO, PW said in the statement.
The company plans to utilise these funds for business expansion, branding, opening more PW learning centres, and to introduce more course offerings, the ed-tech startup stated in a statement.
PW claims to have 5.2 million Play Store downloads with a 4.7 rating and 6.9 million subscribers on YouTube.
PW currently has 1,900 employees, including 500 teachers and 90-100 tech experts. It also has 200 associate professors available to answer student queries and another 200 professionals to create exam questions and term papers.
“The company has been profitable since inception with positive cash flows and reserves. Our revenue grew nine-fold in the year 2021-2022 vis-a-vis 2020-2021. Our current run rate for FY2023 is at $65 million,” Pandey said.
The platform claims that at least one student in six medical and one in ten engineering colleges in India are PW alumni.
“PW is one of the rare startups with a profound understanding of the education that Bharat today needs. The founder’s focus on learning outcomes of students excites us and we look forward to a long partnership with them,” Sandeep Singhal, managing director, WestBridge Capital said.
As part of its upcoming growth plans, PW is gearing up to launch educational content in nine vernacular languages, including Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Odia, Malayalam, and Kannada.
“The core idea behind this step is to reach every corner of the country and connect with over 250 million students by 2025. The firm looks to bridge the accessibility gap by opening 20 offline coaching classrooms, aka Pathshala, across India. PW has established more than 20 centres across 18 cities with more than 10,000 students enrolled for the 2022-2023 session,” the statement said.
With inputs from PTI.