In 2014, global investments made to learning technology companies reached $2.34 billion, up from the previous record of $1.64 billion set in 2013. This marks the sixth time in the last 16 years that investment totals exceeded the billion-dollar threshold and the first time in the history of learning technology that investment reached the $2 billion threshold.
“The most significant investment patterns in the learning technology industry in 2014 were the spike in funding of companies operating in China, a dramatic increase in investments made to self-paced e-learning companies, and a renewed investor interest in corporate-facing learning technology companies,” says Ambient Insight’s chief research officer Sam S. Adkins. “Investments in companies operating in China accounted for 24% of all investments made to learning technology companies in 2014.”
There was a sharp spike in investments going to self-paced e-learning companies, reaching $1.07 billion in 2014, up from $565.3 million in 2013.