US$ 120,000 Raised for STEM Education

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 26 2021
FT US$ 120,000 Raised for STEM Education

Magicbit,’ STEM’ education platform, announced that it has raised US$ 120,000 in its pre-seed financing round led by Sri Lanka’s Angel Fund. Magicbit allows students as young as 10-years to build inventions using technologies like IoT, robotics, programming, electronics and AI. With the support of the Angel Fund and the funding raised, the Magicbit team plans to take their awardwinning platform to global markets. The platform recently concluded a successful Kickstarter campaign that reached customers in more than 30 countries. 

The campaign reached its original goal in under four hours and netted more than US$ 30,000. According to Magicbit Co-Founder and CEO Migara Amithodhana, “Magicbit’s purpose is to make STEM education easy, accessible and affordable to kids worldwide. ‘We aim to fill the gap created by BBC micro:bit and Raspberry Pi. We have created the hardware, software, mobile app and free content forming an innovative ecosystem. Furthermore, we have built a community of over 5,000 STEM enthusiasts. With Magicbit, a 10-year-old can create an IoT project in under 10 mins.” 

Recently, Magicbit was one of three local startups who were awarded with a sponsored 8-week programme to explore European markets from Berlin at the AsiaBerlin Summit 2021. Additionally, Magicbit is set to represent Sri Lanka at the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) 2021, where they will compete against other national winners from 200 countries. In addition to the Angel Fund, this funding round also saw participation from Hyperion Ventures and Avarna Ventures along with five angel investors including Devaka Randeniya, Chief Revenue Officer, WSO2; Hasith Yaggahavita, CTO, 99x; Mano Sekaram, Founder/CEO, 99x; Dr. Romesh Ranawana, Founder/CEO, Enterprise Machine Learning (Pvt.) Ltd.; and Roshan Rajappa, Head of Operations, Siden. 

“I’m excited to partner with Magicbit’s founding team to expand exponentially and bring this innovative tool to more users globally. I would like to see Magicbit play an important role in the world stage of STEM. Having been part of Blackberry &Sonos from the time they were startups, I have seen firsthand the importance of providing leadership and mentorship for startups to scale to reach new markets. 

With these experiences I hope I can provide my perspective to the future of Magicbit,” said Rajappa. “We are delighted to lead this round of investment into Magicbit. As our second investment this year, we are truly excited by the promise we see in Magicbit’s business model and see tremendous opportunity for the company to reach global markets,” said Chandi Dharmaratne, Chairperson LAN. “As we go forward, we are looking to ramp up our investments in more Sri Lankan startups who show great potential to scale globally.”

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 26 2021

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