Singapore-based coding school for children Saturday Kids today announced that it has raised a US$1 million seed funding round from Potato Productions, another Singapore-based company that works in the field of healthcare tech innovation; translation; augmented and virtual reality; and digital and enterprise mobility.
In a press statement, the school explained that the funding round followed a “small initial round” in 2017 from angel investors such as FundPlaces founder Brian Wee, SpaceMob founder T. Fuad, Pinehurst Advisors partners Mark Hsu and Kevin Chen, Advance.ai co-founder Chun Dong Chau, and Collision 8 co-founder Michelle Yong.
Prior to the funding rounds, the company has been bootstrapped for five years since its founding in 2012.
The school plans to use the new funding to support talent acquisition; it is looking for “curious folks passionate about designing experiences that allow kids to learn through play.”
“The next step for us now is to bring the Saturday Kids program to more young learners across Singapore and beyond, and the funding we have received will help us accelerate this process meaningfully,” said Saturday Kids CEO and Founder John Tan.
Saturday Kids aims to help children becoming more curious, inventive, and resourceful through digital play, programming, and design thinking.
Their programmes are in the form of holiday camps and year-round classes for kids aged five to 16-year old.
According to the school, over 5,000 kids have participated in their programmes.
It has also partnered with Google and 21C Girls on Code In The Community, a multi-year STEM programme to make digital literacy accessible to 3,000 underprivileged children in Singapore.
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