Learning Platform Declara Raises $9M, Sets Sights On Asia

Declara, a startup that focuses on building tech for personalized learning tools, has raised $9 million from Linden Venture Fund and Singapore-based EDBI. This brings its total Series A funding to $25 million. The company first secured $16 million, led by GSV Capital, in April, and it plans to open an office in Singapore as part of its plan to distribute Declara’s platform to Asia.

Declara’s technology includes customized learning tools for individual students by combining semantic search, predictive analytics, and machine learning to build a learning platform that it calls the “Cognitive Graph.” It looks at how users interact with data based on their Internet activity, including searches, interactions on social networks and content that they read. The platform then creates a “learning map” with personalized course material for each person. It is based in Palo Alto and currently has offices in Boise, Idaho, and Mexico.

The company’s platform is currently used by several schools, universities and organizations to supplement courses. These include Educational Services Australia, which uses Declara to help teachers learn new skills; Snidicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la EducaciĆ³n (SNTE), Mexico’s largest teacher union, which is using Declara to help train 1.6 million teachers and administrators; the University of Pennsylvania; and Genentech.