[INSIDERS] Coursera raises $ 64 million to establish itself in the e-learning market

by bold-lichterman

  • Coursera is raising $ 64 million to expand its online course offering.
  • Misterb & b, $ 8.5 million to become the “Airbnb” of the LGBT community.
  • The Toulousains of Ze-Watt raise 1 million euros.
  • The augmented reality mobile market will reach $ 65 billion in 2021.
  • China, the world’s largest video game market.
  • The nominations: Guillaume Laborde, Romain Pigenel, Laurence Vénéreau…

The online course start-up Coursera completed a funding round of $ 64 million. This transaction allows the company to reach a valuation of 800 million dollars.

Created in 2012, Coursera now boasts 26 million users and 2,000 online courses from 150 partner universities. 50 companies offer courses via Coursera, like L’Oréal, Paypal and Air France-KLM.

With this investment, Coursera plans to accelerate the development of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence to enhance and personalize the learning experience, expand its online course offering, and target non-profit companies. lucrative. The e-learning market is estimated at 275 billion dollars by 2022, according to strategyMRC. For the B2B segment, Coursera estimates the market potential at $ 8 billion worldwide.

REVIEW the interview with Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera, conducted by FrenchWeb in April 2017:

Matthew JostThe French start-up Misterb & b, which is developing an apartment rental platform focused on the LGBT community, has completed a funding round of $ 8.5 million. The Berlin-based Project A fund and Ventech took part in the operation.

Founded in 2014 by Matthew Jost, Marc Dedonder, Francois de Landes and Chris Sinton, Misterb & b was initially aimed at homosexuals but now wishes to become the inclusive platform of the LGBT community. “While the collaborative economy and peer-to-peer rentals are growing, gay hosts and travelers don’t always feel welcome or even safe.», Explains Matthieu Jost, co-founder and CEO of Misterb & b. To date, the start-up claims 100,000 hosts in 135 countries on its platform.

This round table should enable the company to accelerate its international expansion. Misterb & b particularly wishes to develop its operations in Paris, Los Angeles and Lima. Ultimately, the company’s objective is to “become the leading gay travel platform in the world“.

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Eric GaigneuxThe start-up Ze-Watt, which designed an electric vehicle charging service at the workplace, raised 1 million euros. MPcroissance, Takara Capital, CA Toulouse 31 Initiatives and Bpifrance took part in this round table.

Launched in April 2015 by Eric Gaigneux, Ze-Watt offers companies the opportunity to set up electrical “service stations” in the workplace. Once registered on the platform, employees can identify themselves at the terminals using an access badge and thus recharge their electric car. Currently, the Toulouse start-up claims 300 users in Paris, Lyon and Toulouse. Among its customers, the company notably counts Airbus, Enedis and Safran.

With this funding round, Ze-Watt plans to extend its concept in France. To do this, the start-up wants to double its workforce to reach the 20 employee mark by the end of 2017.

Read also: 30 American cities ready to spend $ 10 billion to acquire electric vehicles

The mobile augmented reality market could generate up to $ 65 billion in revenue by 2021, according to Digi-Capital estimates taken over by Venture Beat. This is 32 times more than its estimated revenues in 2017. Facebook and its augmented reality platform, Apple and its developer kit, or even Google, Snap, and Alibaba: the tech giants have rushed into this new market promising.

The hardware segment is expected to have nearly 400 million users by 2021. Software, a real gold mine for companies, could convince up to 4 times more potential users than hardware.


In China, the video game market generated $ 24.6 billion in revenue in 2016, making it the world’s largest market ahead of the United States ($ 24.14 billion) and Europe ($ 20.3 billion) billions of dollars). With 600 million players recorded over the year, the country is also ahead of its competitors in terms of users, according to Statista.

Infographic: China, this global video game giant |  Statista

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