BEDU

Founded in 2016

Initial investment in 2019

Board member: Johanna Posada

bedu.org

'BEDU is an EdTech company that offers affordable courses for in-demand 21st century skills. It combines a proprietary tech-enabled platform and online curated content with an asset-light, offline model to provide a scalable blended learning experience'

Company overview

BEDU provides skilling courses suitable for all learners, including full-time employed professionals. Through its blended learning experience, BEDU combines an offline teaching experience enabled by outstanding mentors and experts, with an online platform experience that provides quality, curated content for learners.

Community served

BEDU targets low to middle income youth who need to finish high school, as well as professionals who attended high school or have a professional degree and need to enhance specific skills for better employability and improved job prospects. The company focuses on courses that are in high demand and are directly linked to the learners’ professional growth (measured through an increase in salary and employability metrics).

About 20% of Latin America’s youth, or nearly 30 million individuals, are either not employed or not engaged in education or training.

Entrepreneur

BEDU was founded by a team of three entrepreneurs, Mois Cherem, Raul Maldonado and Jorge Camil, who together have demonstrated the ability to transform skill development and education through the use of technology. Prior to founding BEDU, the three friends founded ENOVA, the largest blended learning company in Latin America, which develops technologies, courses and pedagogical models that enable students from low-income communities to learn critical skills to succeed in the informal economy. BEDU was designed as a lighter and more flexible platform with no government dependency and with a blended education model to offer affordable courses.

Mois Cherem Arana, Founder and CEO, was the Founder and CEO of ENOVA for 8 years before founding BEDU. In his earlier roles, he worked as a corporate and financial lawyer with White & Case.