[Case Study] SimpliLearn Funding, Founder and Business Model

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About SimpliLearn

Simplilearn is one of the leading certification training providers. The company is based in San Francisco, California and Bangalore, India and provides online professional courses in disciplines such as Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Project Management, Digital Marketing, and Data Science.


SimpliLearn Founder:

SimpliLearn was founded by Krishna Kumar in 2009. Krishna completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree from NIT, Surathkal, India. Before Simplilearn, Krishna was the Co-founder and COO at TechUnified, a software product company which he exited successfully in 2007 after selling it to a publicly held company.

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SimpliLearn Growth:

In 2009 SimpliLearn was launched as a blog that shared ideas on project management and offered PMP aspirants information about certification and professional training. Then in April 2010, they introduced a training program for PMP training which was blend of online and offline classroom training.

In 2011 SimpliLearn started to offer  additional courses across categories like Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Project Management, Digital Marketing, and Data Science etc. Simplilearn now offers online training, blended classroom training and exam practice tests, in over 400 courses across 11 major categories. To date, the company has trained over 500,000 professionals in over 150 countries around the world.

SimpliLearn Funding:

SimpliLearn has raised around 28 million dollars from in 3 rounds of funding backed by 3 investors.

Series A: In Series A round of funding held in 2012 the company raised 3 million dollars.

Series B: Second round of funding held in September 2013, and company raised 10 million dollars from investors including Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital.

Series C: Series C round of funding held in April 2015 ans SimpliLearn managed to raise 15 million dollars in this round from existing investors Helion Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital and a new investor Mayfield Fund.


On June 25 2015, SimpliLearn acquired an another online training provider of US named “Market Motive” in 10 milion dollars.

SimpliLearn Business Model:

Simplilearn helps professionals across the globe realize their dream careers. As a destination for certification training courses, the company caters to professionals across industries and functions. Through a combination of proven training content, blended delivery model and next-gen customer experience, Simplilearn offers courses that help professionals get the edge they want in their careers.

With study centers across the globe, Simplilearn offers 200+ certification courses in Project Management, IT Service Management, Microsoft Certification, Quality Management, Financial Management and more. Rated by Deloitte as the 4th fastest growing technology firm in India and 11th in Asia, and by the IAMAI as the best educational website, the company has trained over 400,000+ professionals across 150+ countries. Simplilearn is the Global Registered Education Provider (REP) of PMI, USA, Accredited Training Organization (ATO) by APMG International, UK, Registered Education Provider (REP) of Scrum Alliance Inc., and Accredited Examination Center (AEC) by EXIN, TUV-SUD, EC Council and PEOPLECERT.


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