Sofatutor closes Series A round to expand video courses

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[Germany] A few people have been saying for a while that online education remains a fertile ground and the latest evidence to confirm this comes from Germany. Sofatutor, the video platform for short courses, has closed a Series A financing round from Hamburg-based investor J.C.M.B. and a Berlin-based public fund, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft. Terms were undisclosed but we understand from sources that the amount is in the €700-900,000 Euro range. The company plans to use the fund for growing content and marketing.

Founded in 2008 in Berlin and launched in 2009 at Plugg the site has short video clips covering a variety of courses at various subjects and at different levels. For instance, it now has over 2,000 video clips covering high school and basic college maths.

The tutorials are produced by (ex) teachers, tutors and students who enjoy a revenue share when people sign up to courses. Experts at Sofatutur check the quality of videos prior to upload.

Sofatutor has attracted subscribers because the course prices are much cheaper than a real, offline course, of course. The average student in Germany can pay as much as 150 euros a month for private tutoring making this a 2 billion Euro market.

Sofatutor disrupts that market with an offering which costs €8-14 per month. In the US there are comparable sites like competitors like or TutorVista but Sofatutor has yet to expand out of Germany.

  • Julia Soergel

    Congrats, Sofatutorists, and all the best! You’re doing an excellent job – so happy to hear you made it work with your financing! Thumbs up!

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  • Egbert van Keulen

    Congratulations to Stephan Bayer and his team. Let us together build the industry of online education.

    Hope to meet you soon again.


  • Kirsten Winkler

    Congrats. Berlin seems to become the online education capital of Germany, or maybe even Europe? :)

  • Philipp Herrmann

    Congrats to the sofaftutor team! Very important milestone.

  • Wilfred

    There seems to be a slight difference between sofatutor and / tutorvista. Sofatutor has pre-recorded tutorials whereas offer live tutoring over the Internet and cost a lot more.

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  • Matt Mostito

    And I seriously doubt whether the instructor quality would be as good as you would get with West Suburban or either.

  • Ekko880

    While it’s great, but it’s not too much different from KhanAcademy. The problem with video-based tutoring is that they are not interactive. Try this online tutoring company to see that high quality and low cost do exist. It’s one of a few though.

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