Kinnu helps users improve their long-term memory and their rate of learning. Check out the 14-slide pitch deck it used to raise $6.5 million.
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- Learning platform startup Kinnu has raised $6.5 million from LocalGlobe and Cavalry Ventures.
- The London-based startup uses generative AI to optimize how people learn about generalist topics.
- Kinnu aims to help users improve in areas like long-term memory and the rate at which they learn.
A startup using generative AI to build a learning app to help people improve in areas like long-term memory and the rate at which they learn has raised $6.5 million in fresh funds.
London-based Kinnu bills itself as a gamified learning platform for those who want to learn generalist knowledge. It launched as a consumer-facing app that allows users to interact with content about miscellaneous topics, from history and culture to psychology and science.
The platform uses AI to optimize the way in which the user learns about these topics, said cofounder and CEO Chris Kahler.
“The learning engine also has a module which identifies prompts for the user, and generates images from Midjourney,” added Kahler.
What sets Kinnu apart from other AI-based competitors is that it has moved away from using chatbots, the company said. The startup places an emphasis on helping users to absorb and learn content, instead of simply reading it as they would on outlets like Wikipedia. “Our contrarian view is that chatbots won’t help people to learn the information,” Kahler said.
The platform is currently popular among adult generalist learners, “who love learning for the sake of learning,” Kahler told Insider. At the moment, the service is free to use, but Kinnu is exploring a business strategy that won’t exclude people from being able to use the platform just because they can’t afford it. It has ruled out a subscription-based or ads-driven platform, however.
Amid a wider dip in funding in the tech market, Kinnu capitalized on the AI boom to cinch investment — because it was “really early on the AI bandwagon,” said Kahler. “When the time came for us to raise, a lot of investors were looking for early movers in the space, which we were.”
The round was led by UK-based venture capital firm LocalGlobe, which has backed the likes of Improbable and TravelPerk, and German early-stage firm Cavalry Ventures. Additional backing came from Spark Capital, Jigsaw, and a roster of notable angels, including Google Ventures’ Tom Hulme, Snyk founder Guy Podjarny, and Rene Rechtman, the cofounder of Moonbug Entertainment.
With the fresh funds, the startup will hone in on its AI-driven platform, to examine how content can be delivered faster and in a more personalized manner.
Check out the 14-slide pitch deck used to raise the funding.