Education Technology Startup Kleo, Inc. Closes $635,000 Series A

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Crowd Funding Pioneer James Rosenberg’s Second Venture; Early Success from Budding Miami Incubator Culture

Kleo, Inc., which has a first-to-market, proprietary funds management, philanthropy and ecommerce platform for the K-12 education space, has closed its $635,000 Series A. The round was led by El Paso Advisors, and includes such luminaries in the education technology space as Blackboard co-founder Dan Cane.

Kleo was started by James Rosenberg, a pioneer in the crowd funding space. His first venture,, started in 1998, is the first crowd funding site in education and, according to many, the first crowd funding site on the Internet.

Kleo is often described as PayPal™ plus Amazon™ for education. The company establishes virtual wallets, like PayPal™ accounts, for schools, teachers, students and parent teacher organizations, through which users centralize and aggregate philanthropic and administrative dollars in one place, online. Kleo’s integrated ecommerce engine, like Amazon™, but specific for education, enables users to purchase resources without the need of a credit card or requisition form. Because all transactions occur within the Kleo ecosystem, all purchases are transparent back to the funding sources and donors.

Kleo offers a suite of crowd funding tools as well, combining the power of funds distribution and fund raising within a single, industry-disruptive platform.

Kleo launched in the summer 2012 and is an early success stemming from the budding incubator culture in Miami, Florida. South Florida Business Journal recognized Kleo with its prestigious Startup of the Year award. Some of the largest school districts in the nation are using the young company’s technology including Los Angeles Unified School District, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Albuquerque Public Schools.

About Kleo, Inc

Kleo is a software company that centralizes funds management, philanthropy, and ecommerce for the K-12 education space through its proprietary, hosted SaaS technology – the KLEOplatform™. Kleo’s disruptive value proposition is that schools, teachers, (grade appropriate) students and parents may receive funds, donate funds, distribute funds, transfer funds, fundraise and shop all in one place, while donors and funders receive immediate transparency into how the funds get used. The result is accountability, efficiency and economies-of-scale that compound the value of every dollar managed through the platform, so more dollars can go further and have the maximum impact on student learning.

To learn more about Kleo, Inc., email info(at)mykleo(dot)com.

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