Chester-based EdTech firm Gluu, which aims to increase teaching capacity through technology, has received a £100,000 loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
Gluu’s purpose is to find the best EdTech practices and make them accessible to all. The platform identifies best-in-class solutions, which are tested by its partner school, Shireland Collegiate Academy, in the West Midlands, and then licensed to potential partners including schools and international brands.
The firm’s latest solution, Britannica LaunchPacks, is aimed at GCSE pupils studying history and geography.
The £100,000 investment will allow Gluu to take on two new employees to join Director Sean Gardner. The funding will also be used to fund content creation, while allowing the firm to partner with further schools and roll out its software more widely.
Gardner said: “Gluu’s purpose is to make a positive difference in schools to help children access new ways of learning. We noticed that across different sectors, best practices seemed to be shared but in education, this was not the case.
“By partnering with SCA and international EdTech brands, we are able to bring these ideas to life and, more importantly, make them accessible to all. I’m excited to be able to grow the business with this loan and welcome some new members of staff to join me on Gluu’s journey.”
Simon Truby, Senior Business Loan Manager at GC Business Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, added: “At GC Business Finance we are always looking for businesses that make a difference and we strive to help small firms reach their goals.
“Gluu has huge potential as a new EdTech category to push its product solutions far and wide, which is why it is such an exciting business to invest in. We look forward to working with Sean and his new team, helping children with new ways of learning which will in time lead to a more prosperous economy.”