Commentary: The disconnect in Utah’s public education funding

Commentary: The disconnect in Utah’s public education funding

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Gary Herbert holds a press conference to release his proposed 2018 budget at Davis Technical College in Kaysville on Wed. Dec. 13, 2017.Funding public education systems is not inexpensive. More so, supporting high-quality schools in a state with a young, increasingly diverse and growing population means adequate resources are more critical today than ever before. While Utah has held education funding steady in recent years, our investment is not strong enough for every child to succeed. Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert released his…

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Online education start-up Springboard raises $9.5 million funding led by Costanoa

Online education start-up Springboard raises $9.5 million funding led by Costanoa

Bengaluru: Online education start-up Springboard, which provides courses for professionals, on Monday said it has raised $9.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Costanoa Ventures, with participation from Learn Capital and Appdynamics founder Jyoti Bansal. Existing investors including Blue Fog Capital, Rocketship.vc and Moneta Ventures also participated in the round. Springboard has offices in Bengaluru and California. It focuses on skill-based courses like data science, user experience design and business analytics, among others. It will use the fresh funding to expand into newer verticals and geographies in India,…

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No proposal to stop funding to women’s study centres: UGC

No proposal to stop funding to women’s study centres: UGC

New Delhi The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday said there was no proposal to stop funding to women’s study centres. The Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS) had on Wednesday expressed concern over the future of 167 women’s study centres in universities and colleges across the country following a UGC notice that makes funding for them after September 30 “uncertain”. “There is no such proposal to cut or stop support to women study centres being funded by the UGC,” the commission’s secretary, P K Thakur, said. The UGC notice issued…

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India Funding Roundup: An Electric Motorcycle Maker, Bitcoin Trading Platform, and More

India Funding Roundup: An Electric Motorcycle Maker, Bitcoin Trading Platform, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles investments in an auto rickshaw aggregator, platforms for lifestyle product discovery, Bitcoin trading, expert advice, and a maker of electric motorcycles. Jugnoo Paytm announced Monday that it led the Series B funding of $10 million in Chandigarh-based Jugnoo. The auto-rickshaw hailing and hyperlocal delivery mobile app received $5 million from Paytm and the remaining from existing investor Snow Leopard and a new investor named Rocketship.vc. At present, the auto-rickshaw aggregator and hyperlocal delivery service provider operates in 30 cities and 11 villages across the country,…

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India Funding Roundup: An Online Legal Services Provider, Loan Marketplace, and More

India Funding Roundup: An Online Legal Services Provider, Loan Marketplace, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles seed stage investments in Indian subscription based grocery delivery startups, legal services providers, loan application portals, and proximity marketing firms. Deal4Loans Noida-based Deal4Loans, a loan information and application portal that provides information on personal, home, car and business loans, and credit cards from different banks has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from international investors, including Ram Shriram, Neeraj Arora, Samir Sood, and Puru Vashishtha. Founded in 2009, the company has reportedly booked over Rs. 10,000 crores in loans through seven million customers. LegalRaasta Online…

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India Funding Roundup: An Invoice Discounting Platform, Lending Club, and More

India Funding Roundup: An Invoice Discounting Platform, Lending Club, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles early stage investments in Indian startups engaged in invoice discounting, online lending, on-demand task management apps, and fashion commerce. KredX Bengaluru-based KredX, an invoice-discounting platform, has raised $750,000 (roughly Rs. 5 crores) in a seed funding round from Prime Venture Partners. Founded by IIT and Stanford alumni Manish Kumar, Anurag Jain, and Puneet Agarwal in 2015, the platform connects credit-worthy SMEs (small and medium enterprises) looking to raise working capital (against their unpaid invoices) to individual financiers looking for opportunities to earn above-average financial returns….

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India Funding Roundup: A Bike Taxi Startup, File Sharing App, and More

India Funding Roundup: A Bike Taxi Startup, File Sharing App, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles investments in Indian startups engaged in e-commerce, fashion discovery, on-demand transportation, B2B and B2C e-commerce startups. Ninjacart Bengaluru-based Ninjacart, a B2B startup connects farmers and brands to retailers, has raised $3 million (around Rs. 20 crores) in Series A funding round led by Accel Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, M&S Partners, and Zop Smart. Founded in 2015, Ninjacart helps producers to sell directly to retail stores by providing a selling platform and assisting in warehousing and order fulfilment. Wooplr Social fashion discovery platform Wooplr has reportedly received…

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