Stairway has announced a £1 million investment by Connect Ventures, backed by some of the UK’s most successful technology entrepreneurs.
Stairway, which was part of Cohort 8 of the UCL EDUCATE programme and is a recent recipient of an Evidence-Aware EdWard, was founded by Charles Williamson and Olly Hunt with the aim of enhancing and motivating learning in maths and sciences by increasing access to high-quality resources.
In October last year, they began developing their online learning platform. Currently, resources are available for Maths, but the recent investment will allow the pair to develop the company further.
Charles said: “As a result of our recent funding, we will be expanding our range of content, building new features to enhance the learning experience and pushing towards our mission of improving access to STEM learning.”
The co-founders recently launched Stairway for Schools in response to requests from both students and teachers to integrate Stairway within the classroom. Teachers can now set any assignment on Stairway for students, and automatically see their progress, for free.
“Our aim is to inspire students in STEM, and provide equal access to world-class education,” Charles added. “We believe that learning can be more effective and more enjoyable through technology, for both teachers and students.
“We were at a very early point of product development when we joined the EDUCATE programme, and it helped us to understand the importance not only of making the educational experience enjoyable for users, but also effective from the earliest point.
“It has led to us being able to develop a better learning experience, thanks to the advice, insights and expertise of the research mentors led by Dr Alison Clark-Wilson.”