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Holberton raises $20m, expands AI program

Software engineering education company Holberton raised more than $20 million in Series B funding last month, which it said would help “deliver the Holberton OS of Education to the world and reach our goal of helping one million students by 2030”.

HolbertonHolberton launched in Silicon Valley in 2015. Photo: Holberton

[Holberton has] a network of 18 campuses

It added that the new round was led by Redpoint eventures with new investor Pearson Ventures and participation by existing investors Daphni, Imaginable Futures, Reach Capital and Trinity Ventures.

“Since our founding in Silicon Valley in 2015, we have had a vision of making software engineering education affordable and accessible to everybody around the world,” said Julien Barbier, CEO and co-founder of Holberton.

“We have had a vision of making software engineering education affordable and accessible”

“We started with one small campus of 30 students in San Francisco to prove our model. Today we have a network of 18 campuses across all continents except Antarctica.

“To expand our reach and make more institutions benefit from our knowledge and technology, we now provide our technology, tools, programs and methods to our current Holberton School partners, as well as universities and companies, to complement, extend or fill gaps in training students or employees.”

The company has also announced the launch of an expanded program for learning the fundamentals of artificial intelligence.

“Machine learning has revolutionised so many fields, ranging from medicine, to social media, to food, to security,” added Barbier.

“This trend has accelerated with Covid-19. While yesterday, every company had to become a digital company to survive, tomorrow they will have to become machine learning companies. We’re committed to training the next generation of ML software engineers to meet this demand when there is an urgent global shortage of qualified talent.”

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