Little Thinking Minds (LTM), a Jordan-based regional education-tech company, has raised $1.2 million in Series A funding round from a group of investors led by Algebra Ventures—a $50 million Cairo-based venture capital fund—with participation from Dubai-based Mindshift Capital and Saudi’s Al Turki Group.
The latest financial round brings the total funding raised from investors to $2.5 million so far. The new investments will help the company to expand its product portfolio.
Little Thinking Minds is a leading education technology company that creates advanced digital solutions and platforms aimed at improving learning outcomes for school-aged children in the MENA region and beyond. The company has offices in Jordan, the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia.
The company was founded in 2004 by Rama Kayyali and Lamia Tabbaa. In 2016, they were joined by Salwa Katkhuda and re-launched Little Thinking Minds. In the regional educational market, the three partners started developing online Arabic literacy solutions and platforms for schools, teachers and students that addressed preschool basics focusing on early literacy and numeracy. The transformation met with success, with LTM products for native and non-native Arabic speakers currently being used by over 200 schools and more than 80,000 students across the region.
“As two mothers, we grew increasingly frustrated by the lack of engaging Arabic educational products for our children at home and in schools,” says Rama Kayyali, Little Thinking Minds co-founder & CEO. “We built Little Thinking Minds to fix this.”
LTM has not gone unnoticed by regional investors. “The region has a booming student population and this has put a huge strain on traditional education systems,” says Karim Hussein, Algebra Ventures Managing Partner. “Arabic literacy is increasingly important and has been largely underserved.”
He added that “The one-size-fits-all approach of traditional schooling is leaving many students behind. Little Thinking Minds is filling this gap and supplementing stressed education systems by providing high-quality Arabic-language learning resources”.