TeacherGaming, a new startup from the team behind MinecraftEdu, a company that helped teachers use Minecraft in the classroom that was subsequently acquired by Microsoft, has picked up $1.6 million in seed funding.
Leading the round is Makers Fund (a relatively new U.S. and U.K. VC firm specialising in gaming and deeptech), with participation from Brent Hoberman’s Founders Factory. The Finnish company says it will use the cash injection to support sales and marketing efforts for its new educational gaming subscription service for schools.
TeacherGaming appears to be picking up where MinecraftEdu left off. The Finnish company is building an online service that wants to make it easier for teachers to use “blockbuster” games in schools.
This will include access to the titles on a lower per student basis, and a suite of learning material to support teaching and learning objectives. In addition, the TeacherGaming Desk service offers analytics so that teachers can track their students’ learning and progress.
TeacherGaming co-founder and CEO Santeri Koivisto says the company’s job is to bridge the gap between learning at school and learning with games. This will involve curating the best games for learning from independent and major games studios, and lowering the threshold for teachers to use them in the classroom, through pedagogical support spanning lesson plans to learning analytics. “That’s TeacherGaming Desk in a nutshell,” he says.