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FrontRow raises $3.2 mn from Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone & others

Online learning and community platform FrontRow has raised $3.2 million in series seed round funding.

Led by Lightspeed Venture Partners the new round funding also saw the participation from Elevation Capital (Formerly SAIF Partners), and Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone.

In a statement issued, FrontRow said, “The company will use the money to expand its community offerings and go deeper into various course formats and to add more categories.”

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Commenting on her investment, Padukone said, “Growing up, I wasn’t exactly academically inclined. My interests lay in diverse spheres and activities outside of the traditional classroom – dance, sports, music, modeling, and performance arts, to name a few. I’m glad that this education gap has now been identified, and I look forward to partnering with this dynamic team on what I believe is going to be an exciting journey ahead.”

Speaking on the fundraise, Mikhil Raj, Co-founder of FrontRow said, “Each one of them recalled that they faced problems while learning as well, and they wished they had access to courses like this when they were starting. The instructors are all extremely bought into the concept, and we’re excited to have most of them as part of our cap table as well.”

Akshay Bhushan, a partner at Lightspeed, said, “We’ve known this team for years and are extremely excited to back them in building a new paradigm for learning a cross between learning, entertainment, and community.”