StudyPlus Co., Ltd. StudyPlus raises a total of about 700 million yen in Series C round
Study Plus Co., Ltd.
StudyPlus raises a total of about 700 million yen in Series C round ………………………………………………………………………
Studyplus Inc. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Takashi Hirose) that provides the study management SNS “Studyplus”, the study management platform “Studyplus for School” for educational providers, and the electronic reference book subscription service “Porto” Is a fund managed by RFI Advisors Co., Ltd.
(Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Hiroaki Sakamoto), with multiple venture capital, education business companies, general business companies, and individual investors underwriting. Through a three-party allotment, we raised a total of approximately 700 million yen on January 17, 2020. The total amount of financing including this time is approximately 1.7 billion yen. [Image
■ Main underwriters (in no particular order)
RFI Advisors Co., Ltd., an operator of the next-generation industry promotion investment business limited liability partnership
HAKUHODO DY FUTURE DESIGN FUND Investment business limited liability group operated by Hakuhodo DY Ventures Inc.
Seibu Shinkin Capital Corporate Investment No. 3 Investment Limited Partnership, operated by Seibu Shinkin Capital Co., Ltd.
Mizuho Growth Support Third Investment Limited Partnership, operated by Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd.
Obunsha Innovation Fund No. 1 Investment Limited Partnership, operated by Obunsha Ventures Co., Ltd.
Kibo Investment Limited Partnership operated by Yokohama Capital Co., Ltd. SI founding support fund investment business limited liability partnership operated by Ikeda Senshu Capital Co., Ltd.
Shinshinkai Holdings Inc.
NSG Holdings Inc.
Shinko Publishing Co., Ltd. Keirinkan
■ Purpose of financing
The funds raised this time will be used to expand the services of Porto, a new business launched in September of the previous year, as well as issues for users and client companies through our operation services “Studyplus” and “Studyplus for School”. We plan to invest in strengthening our development and operations structure to accelerate the solution.
■ Comments from investors
・ RFI Advisors Co., Ltd. Representative Director Sakamoto Hiroaki Utilizing the high coverage of university examinees who are the main members of our operation services, we have partnered and traded with universities around the country and study schools in each region. With the recent business expansion utilizing the funds raised, we have further expanded transactions with various educational institutions throughout the country, and in the education x IT field, students and schools / educational institutions that are ubiquitous throughout the country have been created. We hope that the regional disparities in the amount of information and the ability to transmit information will decrease, and that various ripple effects will be exerted on university entrance examination activities and the vitalization of the education industry in general.
・ United Corporation Executive Officer and General Manager of Investment Business Division Kaneka Enomoto
Over the years, we have built a medium that focuses on the learning needs of the learners themselves, and we have already received the support of a large number of users, as well as the marketing problems of education-related businesses. We decided that it was a rare company that could be solved and decided to invest. We look forward to studyplus Inc. becoming a player that will transform the education industry in the future.
・ Hakuhodo DY Ventures President and Representative Director Akihiko Tokuhisa Study Plus Co., Ltd. has been offering learning management SNS “ Studyplus ” that contributes to maintaining and improving student learning motivation, and is challenging to update “ learning ” such as “ Studyplus for School ” and “ Porto ” I sympathize with that attitude. In the future, we will work together with the Hakuhodo DY Group to create a new “learning” environment in the digital age and to work together to penetrate it.
・ Shinshinkai Holdings Co., Ltd.
■ President Takaaki Fujii
Study Plus Co., Ltd. believes in students’ ability to learn
autonomously and continues to provide opportunities. This is deeply sympathetic with the spirit of “one practice over one hundred auditions”, which is the starting point of education at the Z-Kai Group. We strongly hope that StudyPlus, Inc., as a lead company of EdTech, will create a new breeze in the industry in the future. ・ Obunsha Ventures Co., Ltd. Representative Director Teruyuki Honda Studyplus is a product that can be used in various educational scenes, such as the introduction of Studyplus for not only about 5 million individual users of the Studyplus app, but also more than 500 schools and prep schools. It has been. “Porto” released by StudyPlus, which has these channels, has high affinity with the business of Obunsha and is expected to be a service that contributes to new value creation in the educational field. Obunsha Ventures will use the assets, know-how and networks of Obunsha and its affiliated companies to the fullest to support Study Plus’s new challenges through business synergies.
■ Services provided by the Company
◆ Overview of Study Management SNS “Studyplus”
Learning management SNS that supports learning habits through functions such as visualization of learning records and communication with learning peers. With more than 4.95 million members (as of January 20, 2020), it is used by one in three senior high school students wishing to enter university.
・ Each URL:
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/id505410049
Google Play Store:
◆ Studyplus for School learning management platform for educational operators A platform for teachers to manage student learning progress and promote communication, such as advice and encouragement, in
cooperation with the study management SNS “Studyplus”. Installed in more than 500 schools and preparatory schools nationwide, mainly for junior and senior high school students.
・ Service URL: https://for-school.studyplus.co.jp/
◆ Overview of the electronic reference book subscription service “Porto” An electronic reference book service that allows you to read popular reference books for candidates on your smartphone.
・ Affiliated publishers (in alphabetical order)
Alc Co., Ltd., Obunsha Co., Ltd., Gakken Plus Co., Ltd., KADOKAWA Co., Ltd., Kodansha Co., Ltd., Shinko Publishing Co., Ltd., Keirinkan, Study Company Co., Ltd., World Thought Company Kyogakusha Co., Ltd. Company Daiichi Gakusha, Tokyo Books Co., Ltd., Yamakawa Publishing Co., Ltd.
・ Each URL:
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/jp/app/id1477467323
Google Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studyplus.porto Service site: https://porto-book.jp/
■ Company profile
Company name: Study Plus Co., Ltd.
Location: 4th floor of NMF Surugadai Building, 2-5-12 Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Representative Director: Takashi Hirose
Company HP: https://info.studyplus.co.jp/
Established: May 20, 2010
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