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    Sumeru Ventures and Oxshott have not yet funded their $250 million commitment to Byju.

    As India’s most valued startup is under examination, Byju’s stated that $250 million of the $800 million capital it announced in March of this year has not yet been received from Sumeru Ventures and Oxshott.

    With its headquarters in Bangalore, Byju’s is a multinational Indian educational technology firm. Byju Raveendran and Divya Gokulnath launched it in 2011. Byju’s is estimated to be worth US$22 billion as of March 2022 and has more than 115 million registered pupils. 

    Byju’s stated that $250 million of the $800 million capital it announced in March of this year has not yet been received.

    Sumeru Ventures and Oxshott have not yet funded their $250 million commitment to Byju’s because of some macroeconomic issues; also it is anticipated that the funds would be arriving at the end of August. 

    The firm with its headquarters in Bengaluru, which runs one of the biggest edtech conglomerates in the world, declared in March that it had received $800 million in a round that was headed by its founder, Byju Raveendran.

    Investors had provided nearly $785 million to Byju’s. Byju achieved the decacorn designation in June 2020 thanks to an investment from Mary Meeker’s Bond Capital. Byju’s raised $800 million in March 2022, valuing the company at $22 billion.

    About 260 crores (US$40 million or €33 million) in revenues were earned by Byju’s in the 2017 fiscal year, while 520 crores were earned in the following year.

    Investments And Investors Done By Byju’s

    In March, the Bangalore-based business that operates one of the biggest edtech conglomerates in the world disclosed that it had secured $800 million in a round that was led by its founder Beau Ravendran.

    For a loan secured by a portion of his Byju equity, Raveendran contributed $400 million to the round. Raveendran has funded its portion of the investment, according to the startup, which is valued at $22 billion and includes Prosus Ventures, Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital India, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

    The Morning Context, an Indian news outlet, first reported on Sumeru Ventures and Oxshott’s missing capital and questioned the legitimacy of the funds’ existence and operations.

    Companies history And It’s Investors

    A business that Byju Raveendran, Divya Gokulnath, and a few other students founded in 2011. Byju, an engineer by profession, has been instructing math pupils since 2006. Early on, the business focused on offering online, video-based learning courses for K–12 students and competitive exams

    The company has consistently ranked in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India and the Asia Pacific rankings since its initial appearance in 2012. Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Sequoia Capital India, bond, Silver Lake, and Alkeon Capital Management are amongst the leading investors of Byju’s

    Working Policies Of The Company

    10–30 minute computer animation videos are used to illustrate academic courses and concepts and these videos are available to students anywhere without any need of a network. You can download the videos and watch them later as well as they also provide already downloaded videos. 

    According to Byju, it has 40 million total users, 3 million yearly paying members, and an annual retention rate of over 85% as per singhtechcrunch.

    A global release of the software was also planned for English-speaking pupils in other nations. Additionally, Byju introduced new activities in its Early Learn App to serve kindergarten kids. The company has opened 500 tuition centers across 200 Indian cities as part of its focus on implementing a hybrid style of teaching and learning. 

    Criticism Faced By The Company

    The fact that Byju charges prices that only the wealthy can pay have drawn criticism. Former salespeople claim the business pressures parents who can’t afford its items to buy them. A $20 million slander lawsuit was brought by Byju against Pradeep Poonia. Later, they dropped the complaint. 

    The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) requested that WhiteHat Jr., a subsidiary of Byju, removed its five TV commercials due to its deceptive advertising and aggressive sales techniques.

    WhiteHat Jr. stated in numerous social media adverts that a young boy named “Wolf Gupta” received job offers worth crores. It was frequently stated that this child ranged in age from 6 to 14 years. Later investigations showed that Mr. Gupta is a fictional character and that everything in this was made up.

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