Zzish - the company selling the picks and shovels of the mobile learning boom - raised £697,594 with the help of SyndicateRoom in 2016 to fund product development, marketing and customer support as the platform grew.

The story

At the time of Zzish’z raise, mobile learning was the second largest category in the App Store and set to be the largest by 2020.

Backed by specialist edtech venture capitalists, Zzish provides the tools and infrastructure to allow developers to quickly create sophisticated educational tools with features that would otherwise take months to build.

The company is led by CEO Charles Wiles, who was the first Product Manager hired by Google outside of the US and part of the team that launched the first version of Android. He is joined in this venture by leading figures from Deloitte and Apple, among others.

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Where are they now?

Zzish launched the beta version of its platform in January 2015, and an updated version in March 2016. At the time of its 2016 raise, the company was in discussions with 75 developers, five of which were already integrated and another 29 in various stages of integrating.

The company’s own app, Quizalize, was built to showcase the power of Zzish. Launched in September 2015, Quizalize is now a successful application in its own right. In the first six months alone, 16,300 teachers signed up to Quizalize from more than 100 countries (80% in the US). More than 3.2m questions have been answered by students via the app. EdSurge – the pre-eminent US EdTech news site – ranked Quizalize the ‘No.1 new app’ for schools in Q3 2015.

In June 2018 Zzish was shortlisted for the UK Business Angels Association Awards in the category of Best International Growth Business.

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