• Kinnu, a company based in London, was established in 2021 to empower individuals to pursue any knowledge they desire.
  • As part of its three-pronged content creation approach, Kinnu’s platform incorporates generative AI technology.

In a recently disclosed new funding round, Kinnu Ltd., an education technology startup that uses generative artificial intelligence to create content for adult learners, has raised USD 6.5 million.

LocalGlobe and Cavalry Ventures led the investment, including Spark Capital, Jigsaw, and angel investors such as Google Ventures’ Tom Hulme and Snyk Inc. founder Guy Podjarny.

London-based Kinnu, founded in 2021, aims to empower everyone to learn anything they choose. To achieve this, it developed a learning engine powered by generative AI that aims to rebalance the concentration of asset value away from educational content.

The emphasis is more on the technology that helps students learn and retain information. This technology is based on the idea that users will be forced to consider the what, how, and why of learning in the post-AI world. The traditional one-size-fits-all curriculum, according to Kinnu, will soon be a thing of the past.

Generative AI is one of three methods Kinnu’s platform uses to create content. First, a course outline or pathway is created by human experts. This information is fed into Kinnu’s large language models, which are comparable to those that drive OpenAI LP’s ChatGPT and identify each course’s main idea and generate pertinent revision questions in various formats, like multiple choice. Then, Kinnu makes these AI-driven educational programs accessible via its mobile app.

Christopher Kahler, Co-founder and CEO of Kinnu, sees a huge market opportunity for AI-powered learning that’s aimed at quickening the pace of knowledge acquisition.

Kahler said, “Ten years ago, online learning experienced a boom because it democratized access to content. The next frontier is democratizing access to the mechanism of how we learn, from quantum mechanics and Chaucer to idioms and soft skills adapted to the learner’s own pace and ability. It’s this that excites us.”

According to LocalGlobe Partner Suzanne Ashman, the education sector is changing how people acquire knowledge and skills. She said, “From LocalGlobe’s first meeting with Kinnu’s co-founders, it was clear that their knowledge acquisition and assessment approach could deliver huge leaps forward in learning productivity and give learners more space to focus on applying knowledge.”