Glasgow edtech company behind student presentation app secures six-figure funding for growth
Estendio was founded by its CEO Chris Hughes, who experienced the challenge of presentation anxiety as a dyslexic student in college.
With this six-figure investment, the company is poised to expand its reach to support more students with disabilities through its presentation support app – Present Pal.
Funding comes from key partners including Scottish Enterprise and a handful of private investors. It follows a period of rapid growth for the company, supporting an additional 3,000 students across the UK this year alone.
Estendio – founded with an initial investment of £ 50,000 in 2015 – has seen the company’s revenues triple and the team increase from four to 17 during the pandemic, amid a heavily disrupted global education market. He’s looking to create 15 more roles.
Hughes said 93 percent of college students are required to give presentations as part of their college classes. However, this has a disproportionate impact on the 300,000 UK students with disabilities, with 86% admitting they find it difficult to show up.
“After working so hard to get into college, skipping this key skill was not an option for me, so I found a solution for myself,” he said. “I am incredibly proud that today this tool is now helping thousands of presenters gain the same experiences and opportunities as their peers.
“I am extremely proud to receive this funding. The drive and determination of my Board of Directors and management team over the past year has been monumental in what has been an extremely successful year.