The Village Network, a global end-to-end EdTech solution to run empathy and creativity centred schools, has raised $3.4 million in a seed funding round led by Movens Capital, with participation from 500 Startups, Tilia Impact Ventures and Credo Ventures.
Co-founded by Aleksandra Kozera, Agnieszka Łuczak and Weronika Matejko-Skwarek, The Village Network is a tech-led platform that empowers the creation of parent-led micro-schools. The startup is on a mission to implement innovation based education for children worldwide. It believes that every child is a strong, kind, curious human capable of learning and creation. Every child’s curiosity is nurtured with love and respect.
Based in Warsaw, The Village Network aims to improve childhood experience for enhanced development, to support parents, and early educators. The female-founded team are revolutionizing approaches to early education with its marketplace which offers a SaaS platform, EdTech products, an application for running nurseries, preschools and schools, and The Village marketplace.
Talking about the company, Co-founder and CEO of The Village Network, Aleksandra Kozera, said:
“From the beginning, the vision and goal has been to create a village all over the world with committed moms, parents, nannies and teachers-enabling children to have an equal start. And education in so-called “villages” makes it possible. We are already achieving the snowflake effect, when some parents learn about the villages from others, enroll their children in them and open their places. We want to enable multi-dimensional support to open and run villages. That is why we build EdTech products and create a marketplace.“
Aside from forming quality childcare and education, the startup is focused on supporting women’s professional development and fostering gender equity in parenthood and entrepreneurship. The development path for Village owners is structured and holistic so that entrepreneurial mothers gain knowledge tools in all areas needed to run a business.
Speaking about the importance of the project, the team commented, saying:
“Childcare means more jobs and more women working. Rich experiences in early education are the foundation of democracy and equal opportunities in society. The private sector sees the problem and wants to solve it. If parents want to go to work and have no one to leave their children with, this is an area that needs to be addressed.”
The Village Network has developed a marketplace for parents where they can find proper childcare in their neighborhood, and at the same time be supported in their own professional development, as well as childcare job opportunities.
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