Cairo, Egypt-based MARJ3, an edtech startup, on Wednesday, 14 October 2020, raised an undisclosed sum in a seed funding round, led by California-based Expert DOJO.
The company in a press statement stated that the funds will be deployed towards boosting the MARJ3’s new blended business model and fuel the growth of universities onboarding to the platform from all over the world. It will also help to accelerate the team’s expansion plan.
Founded in early 2017 by Sami Al-Ahmad, Ahmed El-Gebaly and Abdullah Samy, MARJ3 connects MENA region’s youth to educational opportunities around the world. The startup claims that it receives 2.4 million online visits monthly on its platform from the MENA countries.
MARJ3 offers three types of avenues to the users to search, compare, and then enroll in the best fit-opportunity:
- MARJ3 Education dedicated to schools and universities,
- MARJ3 Courses for MOOCs and tutoring,
- MARJ3 Scholarships for funded opportunities.
Speaking of the development for MARJ3, Sami Al-Ahmad, CEO & Co-Founder of MARJ3, said,
“I believe that this is a strategic partnership and not only an investment round. It will enable us to achieve our vision in helping millions of youth in MENA to connect with educational opportunities around the world. We have been seeing the change in the educational field coming up. However, COVID-19 has pushed this transformation completely around the whole world. There is a new norm and things will never get back to the way that we knew before. We believe that technology is the human way to adapt to this change.”
Brian Mac Mahon, CEO at Experts DOJO added,
“Expert DOJO are so pleased to have invested in what we believe is going to be the ground zero for educational information globally. This team is poised for explosive growth over the 12 months and we are looking forward to supporting them with funds and connections ongoing.”