Dubai and Beirut based educational online platform Geek Express has announced it raised $520,000 in a pre-Series A round in a statement. The funds were sourced from several bodies which include Saudi-based National Talents, Lebanon’s IM Capital, DHV Partners, and an angel investor.
The statement notes that this round of funding takes Geek Express’ total funds raised to $860,000 since it had previously raised money in 2019.
Started in 2017 by Manal Hakim and Rayan Najdi, Geek Express provides STEAM education in different forms to children in the Middle East & North Africa. The startup has mobile apps for iOS and Android which allows parents to enroll their wards in either online or offline educational modules.
The startup currently boasts of over 1,800 active students across the Middle East & North Africa. These users receive tuition from about 200 tutors daily.
“Students at Geek Express have the option of learning how to code, design, build, and create tangible projects that translate into reality. This is how students are able to process the concept and further develop their cognitive skills,” explained the edtech in a statement.
Rayan Najdi, the co-founder and COO of Geek Express, said, “We’ve achieved great success in creating a hybrid learning model, teaching relevant skills to today’s youth. We believe Geek Express sets the foundation of a futuristic school whereby thousands of MENA students will have access to STEAM skills from the comfort of their homes.”