Udemy, a global marketplace for online teaching and learning, has raised $50 million from its long-time partner in Japan, Benesse Holdings. The investment values the company at $2 billion.
Udemy helps millions of students learn new skills from 57,000 instructors teaching over 150,000 online courses across a range of topics such as programming, data science leadership and team building. The company plans to further invest in markets around the world and said it will expand its San Francisco headquarters as well as grow its offices across several other locations.
Udemy said the funding round followed a year of considerable growth globally. In January, the company celebrated its ten-year anniversary and marked over $350 million in lifetime payments to instructors on the platform.
Last year, Udemy grew its subscription-based corporate learning product internationally with a fully localized product experience as well as new courses in Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and German, from local teachers. It also introduced ‘Learning Paths’, enabling organizations to build personalized learning experiences to achieve specific outcomes, such as employee onboarding and career development.
Udemy for Business crossed 5,000 corporate customers globally in 2019. Some of the corporations using Udemy for Business include Adidas, Pinterest, Toyota, and Wipro.
“2020 will be a milestone year where we serve millions more students and enable thousands of businesses and governments to upskill their employees,” says Udemy chief executive officer Gregg Coccari.