Crehana Raises $750,000 to Provide Creative Skills Training in Emerging Markets
London, United Kingdom – Crehana, an online training platform for creative professionals in Spanish-speaking markets, announced today that it has completed a $750,000 seed capital round with the help of ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, and HOWZAT Partners. Crehana plans to use the funding for product development and for further expansion across Latin America.
Crehana offers a wide range of affordable courses in creative disciplines such as web design, photography, design, animation, audiovisual and 3D. Addressing a gap in the provision of creative education between limited public university places and expensive, private tuition, Crehana has quickly become a valuable resource to an under-served and growing community of creative professionals in Spain and Latin America. By completing Crehana courses, students are able to continually develop skills, build an online portfolio of work and ultimately enhance their employment prospects.
“We are selling in more than 15 countries in Latin America, helping aspiring professionals learn the skills they need to progress their career. Our plan is to democratize creative education through affordable learning,” said Diego Olcese, Crehana’s co-founder and chief executive officer.
Further commenting, Mike Cowell, investment manager at ClearlySo: “Crehana has built an impressive platform, empowering creative people from all backgrounds to further their learning and develop new skills. The scalability of the platform, social impact and Crehana’s strong traction to date made it an appealing proposition for impact investors. We are proud to have supported Crehana on this transaction.”
Notes to editors
Crehana is an integrated web platform that delivers creative education through project-based courses where students learn in-demand skills and connect with the teacher and other students through class forums and an online community. Launched in April 2015, it has built a catalogue of +300 courses across 15 creative disciplines. Training modules are currently delivered in Spanish and are curated by a network of over 120 expert content creators from around the world.
ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with businesses and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact as well as financial return.
Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 100 clients raise more than £108 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.
In addition, ClearlySo ATLAS helps investors assess the social and environmental impact of their venture capital and private equity investments and guides them towards choosing sustainable businesses that deliver long term benefit to people, planet and the bottom line.
ClearlySo is headquartered in London.
About HOWZAT Partners
HOWZAT Partners is a London and Luxembourg based Venture Capital Investor with an international portfolio. Founded in 2006, the fund focuses on investments in digital start-up companies between the early Seed to Series A phase. For further information on the fund, its managers and a current list of investments please refer to www.howzatpartners.com.
Crehana Founder and Chief Executive Officer
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ClearlySo Chief Marketing Officer
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