Assemble You has raised £310,000 in a pre-seed funding round for its podcast-style audio learning platform that helps workers learn on the go.
The round was led by Ufi Ventures with the team at Assemble You, bringing together a collection of industry thought leaders and influencers including Donald Taylor, Chair of the Learning Technologies Conference, Toby Mansel-Pleydell, Chairman and CFO at Learnerbly, and Rob Small, Founder of Miniclip.
Podcast listeners will reach over 500 million in the next two years; however audio remains largely underserved in corporate learning programmes, said the company. By producing succinct, structured audio courses, Assemble You serves two key learner groups – screen-fatigued knowledge workers learning on the go, and deskless frontline workers without regular access to a desktop screen. With content covering topics from leadership and communication to productivity and diversity and inclusion, Assemble You fills a gap between traditional eLearning and popular podcasts, delivering deep reflective learning experiences via the convenience and privacy of audio.
We’re thrilled to be part of the Ufi portfolio and have them lead our first round. Their founder-friendly approach, willingness to partner, potential to follow on, all combined with ongoing involvement from the team is a huge support to us at this stage in our journey, said Adam Lacey, Co-founder of Assemble You.
The company said it will use the first round of funding to grow its production capacity and market reach, with a primary focus on supporting existing clients and attracting new B2B revenue.
The demand for audio across learning is gathering pace. Assemble You is innovating with audio for learning, providing new opportunities for large and often underserved groups of workers to access learning and develop their skills. We see huge potential and are delighted to back the team at Assemble You, said Helen Gironi, Director at Ufi Ventures.
Assemble You also delivers bespoke custom content for clients, has established an impressive resell partner channel, and has plans to move into the B2C space.
Every track Assemble You create teaches actionable techniques which users can implement immediately. Assemble You’s content works in any LMS or LXP, via SCORM 1.2/2004, xAPI, MP3, .wav, or via private subscription on popular podcast platforms.