Finnish ed-tech startup SkillPixels, which develops educational games for children ages 4-8, announces that it has obtained $2.1 million in new funding from undisclosed private investors and the “Young Innovative Companies” acceleration program, which is managed by the Finnish government. With the funding, the company says that it plans to develop “a complete educational channel”, which will be a kind of digital school for children.
SkillPixels has already released a handful of free and paid children-oriented math apps for Chrome, iOS, and Windows Phone, but company CEO Kristoffer Rosberg says that they are looking to broaden their platform and allow children to choose game-based apps in key subjects.
SkillPixels was founded in 2011, but pushed their first title, the game “SmartKid” in 2013. The company currently claims 10 employees, which includes developers (naturally), educators, experts in artificial intelligence, and psychologists to help with designing games which will enable children to boost their cognitive abilities. At the moment, the company says that they are working on their next two titles, which are due to be released later this year and in the first quarter of 2015. The company claims more than 13,000 users of its free app in the Chrome Store and thousands of users across the other platforms.