Doyobi, a Singapore-based provider of STEM teaching sources and teacher professional development to schools, announced that it recently bagged a $2.8 million pre-Series A funding.
The funding round, led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, will be used in building new cohort-based courses focused on upskilling teachers, according to the announcement.
This will help develop new resources for teachers to effectively deliver STEM and 21st-century skills, including creative and critical thinking in the classroom.
Doyobi’s CEO and co-founder John Tan said he witnessed a gap between what is taught in schools and what children need to know to be prepared for future employment.
Bridging this gap, Doyobi enables teachers and school administrators to integrate STEM and 21st century-related classes in a fun and engaging way with guided courses that include videos, quizzes, and projects.
Tan emphasized that “curiosity, imagination, and empathy are just as important as literacy and numeracy skills”.
“We believe teachers are integral to transforming the classroom experience,” he added.
Apart from developing new cohort-based courses, the funding will also be used to expand ‘Instructors as Humans’. This is an online community for teachers to seek peer support and professional development chances.
Tres Monos Capital, Novus Paradigm Capital, and XA Network also joined in the round.
Carousell CEO Quek Siu Rui, Glints co-founders Oswald Yeo and Seah Ying Cong, and Head of Grab Financial Group Reuben Lai, also co-invested in the round.
Meanwhile, Doyobi also plans to launch the STEM School Leader Fellowship, which aims to assist school leaders.
Through this, principals and department heads can learn how to effectively apply STEM principles in the classroom and develop students’ skill sets and attitudes necessary for more career choices as investors, entrepreneurs, and changemakers.
Doyobi, which was incepted in the year 2020, has already onboarded nearly 2,000 instructors in over ten countries to use its virtual learning environment.