FrontRow, an India based online learning platform for non-academic has raised $14 million in series A round funding led by Eight Roads Ventures and GSV, in participation from its existing investors Lightspeed and Elevation Capital.
The round also saw the participation from angels such as Vishal Dhadlani, Raftaar, Kunal Shah, Gaurav Munjal, Farid Ahsan, and multiple leaders across the startup and entertainment world.
Talking about his investment in FrontRow, Vishal Dhadlani, Angel Investor said, “Both as a musician who appreciates the wider-access it provides to real and useful knowledge and content, as well as an investor who sees the strength of the business model. Above all else, of everything one sees out there, Frontrow is the best online platform to learn and practice music. That alone is enough reason for me to want to be a part of it.”
“As investors, we’ve been a big champion of the role technology will play in disrupting multiple sectors, including education. We believe the market is highly under-served with strong secular trends in digital adoption of non-academic learning driven by the limited availability of qualified instructors, flexibility in scheduling, and lack of access to a structured curriculum. Ishaan, Mikhil Shubhadit, and the team at FrontRow have taken the ‘pursuit of passion’ digital, at a time when few others have in India. We are very excited to back one of the market-leading companies focused on non-academic learning,” Aditya Systla, Partner, Eight Roads Ventures added.
Commenting on the funding in FrontRow, Chirag Chadha, Vice President at Elevation Capital said, “Frontrow has uncovered a unique approach to go after its mission of enabling Indians to learn and follow their passion. As Day 0 investors in the company, we have been amazed to see the response and love for the product, and how the team has iterated to make this happen. This makes us super excited to extend our commitment in this round.”
“FrontRow is the pioneer of the passion economy in India, powering skills, knowledge, and giving life to the aspirations of potentially hundreds of millions of students across the country from all walks of life. We’re proud to have partnered with the Front row team since their inception and are excited about the next phase of execution of the FrontRow vision this round unlocks”, Akshay Bhushan, Partner, Lightspeed further added.