A rights issue raised Rs 300 crore ($36.4 million) for UpGrad, a top provider of upskilling platform services for management professionals. The funding round was spearheaded by Temasek, a Singaporean government investment vehicle, and co-founder and chair Ronnie Screwvala, who contributed Rs 212 crore ($25.7 million).
UpGrad’s Growth Strategy
UpGrad has been concentrating on its organic and inorganic growth across numerous formal education sectors, including degree, diploma, and PhD programmes in collaboration with top universities in India and around the world. A rights issue is the distribution of subscription rights to current shareholders. Enabling them to purchase additional shares of a company’s stock. Wolves India and Rekrut India, two companies in the hiring sector. They were among the ten companies the company bought between 2020 and 2022. UpGrad’s Skilling ProgramsUpGrad offers skilling, short-certification courses, bootcamps, job-linked programmes, as well as study-abroad companies across its acquired and major subsidiaries.
This month, UpGrad leased a full commercial tower in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) for 29 years. Over the course of the agreement, UpGrad will pay Rs 2,000 crore in rent. It has 31 offices in India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Vietnam, and West Asia. Also, the edtech unicorn recently added Dan Rosensweig, an experienced Silicon Valley businessman, to its board of directors.
UpGrad’s Acquisition Strategy
UpGrad is considering possible acquisitions to increase its B2B (business-to-business) and workforce training capabilities. The company searches for companies that have reduced their rate of cash outflow. While maintaining operations rather than those that would fail if they made cost cuts.
UpGrad’s Reach and Impact
UpGrad claims to have taught more than 7 million applicants in more than 100 countries through its network of more than 300 direct worldwide university partners. Over 20,000 recruitment partners, and 3,000 corporate partners. According to a June 2022 Bloomberg report, the company’s valuation increased to $2.25 billion. In a funding round that included educational testing services and James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems.
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UpGrad’s most recent funding round, led by Temasek and co-founder Ronnie Screwvala. It reflects the company’s commitment to enhancing its skilling and education programs. UpGrad has established itself as a top global supplier of upskilling platform services for management professionals thanks to its focus on organic and inorganic growth.