Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event. 

Kahoot, an online learning platform that lets teachers create and tailor quizzes for their classes, has closed its series A round of funding at $20 million.

The Norwegian startup announced a $10 million raise last September, with notable investors including Microsoft Ventures, Creandum, and Northzone. The company has now added another $10 million to the pot, led by new “private investors,” with its existing investors — including Microsoft Ventures — also participating in the round.

Founded out of Oslo in 2011, Kahoot has emerged as something of a phenomenon in the classroom, recently passing one billion players over its lifespan. It now claims more than 50 million monthly active users and is taking the U.S. by storm.

In a nutshell, Kahoot enables the teacher to play quizmaster with their class, creating and projecting quizzes, or “Kahoots,” onto a whiteboard. Students are able to answer multiple-choice questions on their own devices, on any topic of the teacher’s choosing. There is currently a public library of more than 20 million learning games on the platform.

Above: Challenge from Kahoot

Kahoot has now raised north of $26 million in equity funding, and with its latest cash injection it plans to double down on its product development and expand its “commercial activities,” according to a statement issued by the company.

“We are thrilled to receive this investment from new and existing investors,” said Kahoot CEO Erik Harrell. “We are excited about increasing our investment in our commercial activities and in product development, including in mobile, with mobile being the ubiquitous platform that will enable learning anytime, anywhere among learners of all ages and in all contexts.”

Though Kahoot established itself off the back of its presence in the classroom, the company recently unveiled beta versions of a new mobile app that extends the service into the wider world, with teachers able to send assignments and challenges to kids as homework.


VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member