Flinto, the market leader in early education, turns profitable, and raises $7 million in Series A funding from Lightbox

It will utilize the capital to conquer the $4.5 billion preschool market in India

India’s No.1 Early Learning Company, Flinto Learning Solutions, popularly known as Flintobox, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Lightbox, with participation from existing investors. The fresh inflow of capital will help the Chennai-based startup solidify its position as the market leader in early education, and realize its mission of being the Fun Learning Partner of every child in India.

From left to right - Shreenidhi SP, Arunprasad Durairaj, VijayBabu Gandhi

Flinto, launched in September 2013, is the brainchild of 3 young dads, Arunprasad Durairaj, Vijay Babu Gandhi and Shreenidhi Srirangam, who personally experienced the lack of quality early education in India, and set out to change the way children learn and play. Flinto focuses on holistic learning and development of children at their two primary spaces of learning – home and preschool, through the following product lines:

●      Flintobox – A subscription program designed to deliver engaging learning activities to children at home.

●      FlintoClass – A comprehensive preschool system for independent/unbranded preschools, which provides world-class early learning experience to children. FlintoClass helps entrepreneurs build high-quality preschools at affordable prices, by supporting them in every aspect of running their preschools. The FlintoClass curriculum is currently available for Nursery, Pre-KG, LKG and UKG.

Showcasing the potential and value of its offerings in the early learning space, Flinto has turned profitable and is on target to reach Rs. 40 Cr revenue this year.

Talking about the latest round of funding, Arunprasad Durairaj, CEO & Co-founder, Flintobox, said, “Flinto is revolutionizing the way children across India learn and play. Today, we have more than 4 lakh customers for Flintobox in over 700 cities and towns in the country. After establishing a dominating presence in the home space, we’re expanding into the mostly unorganized and fragmented preschool market to provide the best early learning program for children across the length and breadth of the country.

With FlintoClass, early learning has been standardized to deliver the same quality of education, no matter where it is delivered – be it in a state-of-the-art preschool or even under a tree. Since the preschool penetration rate in India is less than 10%, compared to 90+% in developed countries, there is tremendous room for growth. We will use the funds to further strengthen our leadership position in this space and expand across the country.”

FlintoClass, termed as ‘Preschool in a box’ was launched in June 2017. It has already reached more than 350 preschools in 25+ cities and has changed the lives of more than 4500 children in India.

“By the same time next year, we aim to reach 1000 preschools and in the next 5 years, every child will grow in a Flinto environment. We’re also aspiring towards a global expansion, starting with South and Middle-East Asia”, Arunprasad added.

Lightbox partner Prashant Mehta explains, “We’re excited to partner with the Flinto team, whom we’ve known from their inception and have gained tremendous respect for what they are building.  Flinto is addressing a massive need in early childhood development by conveniently delivering a subscription-based product to your doorstep every month. Their passion for building high-quality design-led products is unparalleled.”