Social Learning App Developer Company Izzui Raises R$3M from Brazilian PE Fund

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Izzui announces its first funding round from Confrapar, a Brazil-based growth-capital firm.

Our goal is to bridge digital learning and social media experiences to enhance the way brands and people connect on social networks.

Social learning app developer Izzui announces its first funding round of R$3 million from Confrapar, a Brazil-based growth-capital firm. Izzui has recently launched an open e-learning marketplace app on Facebook for companies and individuals. The funds will be allocated in product development, marketing and strengthening the team. Izzui is a spinoff of Affero Lab, a leading corporate education solution provider based in Brazil.

Izzui offers a first-of-its-kind learning app ("Izzui") to create, publish, share and sell elearning content on Facebook. Izzui allows corporate and individual users to create public and private learning channels to better engage friends, fans and followers and establish a learning identity and presence on Facebook. Izzui counts with 200,000 users and more than 500 published courses.

In the B2B space, the company has developed a collaborative, cloud-based content development platform for online courses and training called QuickLessons. Izzui's corporate customers include Brazilian companies Transpetro (logistic firm from Petrobras), Contax, Atento, Sky, as well as clients in the Americas, Europe and Africa.

According to Carlos Eduardo Guillaume, CEO of Confrapar, Izzui has a unique, innovative and scalable business model. "From the moment we first met with the company and their founders, we felt confident about this investment opportunity. The Izzui platform offers high growth potential for both B2B (corporate) and B2C (end user) scenarios," he said.

Izzui is the eleventh investment made by Confrapar and the fourth by its NascenTI fund. The fund started its operation in January 2011 and plans to invest in four more companies over the next two years.

With the investment, Izzui will release a new version of its platform, providing a new way for brands to create and manage online social-learning channels and games by the beginning of next year. To accomplish this goal, the company has recently appointed a new CTO and a new COO and is actively developing a presence in the United States, as well as searching for new talent.

Izzui CEO Alfredo Leone said, “Confrapar brings the smart money we need to achieve our growth targets. We chose a partner that brings hands-on experience in technology, management and governance. Our goal is to bridge digital learning and social media experiences to enhance the way brands and people connect on social networks. Any brand -- from corporations to nonprofits to individuals -- should strive to be a social learning channel.”

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