Education startup Labster raises $10m funding to offer lab simulations to students everywhere
Labster Aps, a virtual laboratory simulations producer, has raised around £7m in Series A funding to bring virtual lab simulations from Balderton Capital, to students across the globe.
Based in London, Balderton Capital - along with Northzone and Unity Technologies’ founder David Helgason - has given Labster this funding to continue the company’s rapid expansion in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Labster provides students accessibility to experience science. The tech company creates interactive, advanced virtual lab simulations that use technology from computer gaming and research on the psychology of learning to guide these students through real-science experiments.
Labster’s founder and CEO, Mads Tvillinggaard Bonde, commented: “Labster provides the education sector with an opportunity to increase learning and motivation to unprecedented levels.
“By uniting elements from the psychology of learning, virtual simulations and gaming, Labster is helping students learn more effectively and use resources that might be otherwise impossible to access.”
Working with the likes of Imperial College, London, the company develops simulations designed to deepen students’ learning and prepare them for more advanced studies in real laboratories.
Labster has a bank of more than 64 simulations, from a basic introduction to acids and bases where students handle corrosive chemicals, to using a confocal microscope. All of these include challenges to keep students engaged whilst learning.
The Series A funding will also enable further development of Labster’s simulation builder platform, which allows students and scientists to create their own Virtual Reality simulations.
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