Edtech startup Clever Harvey raises $1.5 million in pre-Series A funding

Edtech platform Clever Harvey today announced that it has raised $1.5million in pre-Series A funding. The round was led by TechNova Ventures along with Tom Varkey and Multiply Ventures and included the company’s existing investor, Education Catalyst Fund.

Clever Harvey, the B2C vertical of edtech company Callido Learning, said plans to use the new funds to expand its product portfolio, hire talent, strengthen its marketing outreach and build distribution channels within and beyond India.

Clever Harvey offers “curated case studies in business strategy, marketing, technology, data analysis, UX design, and social media, that allow students to ‘test-drive’ options for future career paths”. The programs are live, cohort-based, and online and are targeted at young adults aged 14 to 18.

The company has programs like ‘JuniorCEO’ and ‘JuniorMBA’, which have 25-75 one-hour sessions.

Sriram Subramanian, founder and chief executive CEO, Clever Harvey, said “We are making “career discovery” easier by giving teenagers a ‘behind-the-scenes’ exposure of various industry roles through short, immersive, and fun cohort-based programs. Students meet online in small groups of ten, with focused teacher/facilitator interaction and collaborate with peers from across the country to solve live case studies. Our programs guide teenagers in making academic and career choices that are better aligned with their interests and passion.”

Sheena Parikh, founder of TechNova Ventures, said “We are excited to partner with Clever Harvey as they offer a truly unique proposition in the EdTech ecosystem. They are tapping into a blue ocean with high-quality, differentiated, value-added products.”

Raveen Sastry, founder at Multiply Ventures, added, “Digitisation and new tech are creating new opportunities and career streams. Clever Harvey’s vision is to bridge the gap between academics and the real world. Their programs help students develop essential skills for success, like critical thinking, decision making, planning and having an entrepreneurial mindset. This resonated well with our fund’s Edtech thesis.”