Higher-ed startup Quad Learning launches with $11 million from NEA, others

Written by Bill Flook, Washington Business Journal
“Quad Learning, a District ed-tech startup launched by former Novak Biddle General Partner Phil Bronner, launched Wednesday with a total $11 million from a network of mostly local investors, including New Enterprise Associates and New Atlantic Ventures.SWaN and Legend Fund and Comcast Ventures - both of whom have played a quiet role as venture funders in the D.C. market over the past year – also joined in the financings, alongside other unnamed institutional investors. The venture haul is composed of a roughly $3.4 million seed round last year and the most recent Series A round of about $7.9 million, Bronner said in an interview. Quad Learning’s core program, American Honors, is a far-reaching initiative aimed at bridging the gap between community college and four year institutions. It provides its schools with an honors curriculum that mixes a heavily social online learning management system – one that Bronner said more closely resembles Facebook than a traditional LMS like Blackboard’s – with student advisory services geared toward preparing students to make the transfer.”