LearnZillion (TechBUZZ ’11 Fall) Snaps Up $13M

LearnZillion, an open cloud-based curriculum solution provider, has secured $13 million in funding. The investors included DCM Ventures and Owl Ventures.


WASHINGTON – Today, LearnZillion announced it has received a new investment of $13 million from 13 investors – including DCM Ventures and Owl Ventures – to grow its free cloud-based curricular software that is already being used by one in four K-12 teachers nationally. The site already offers Common Core-aligned math and English curriculum authored by educators currently teaching in classrooms across the U.S. With this investment, LearnZillion will grow its curriculum offerings, providing an innovative, digital alternative to traditional textbooks.

“We are extremely excited and grateful for the support we’ve received from our investors, as well as our growing community of teachers,” says Eric Westendorf, co-founder and CEO of LearnZillion. “As a company, our goal has always been to offer teachers in district, charter or private schools a better way to meet the needs of their students while building their own capacity. The days of expensive, quickly out-of-date textbooks are numbered. This investment shows we are on the right track and empowers us to go further.”

Founded in 2011 after winning a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, LearnZillion was inspired by Westendorf’s tenure as the principal at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. LearnZillion’s curricula is authored by a Dream Team of more than 200 practicing teachers and curriculum experts from various district, public charter and private K-12 institutions in 42 states. Over the last five years, with additional financial support from investors – including NewSchools Venture Fund and Emerson Investment Management – the software has experienced steady growth.