London-based edtech startup Mathigon has raised over £382k (US$500k) to develop the next generation of digital mathematics resources.
What started as a side hustle for former Google engineer Philipp Legner rapidly exploded in popularity, winning sought-after edtech awards from the likes of GESS, QS Reimagine Education and UCL EdWards.
Mathigon has grown exponentially since, now holding 400k active users per year. The platform’s primary aims are clear: to ensure that every student has the chance to enjoy mathematics education, and to create the ‘Textbook of the Future’.
“I loved mathematics throughout my education, and built Mathigon so that all students can have a similar experience,” Legner explains.
The app differs from others of its kind, which tend to encourage users to consume and memorise information by watching videos and answering multiple-choice questions. Mathigon takes a different approach, offering various interactive components that encourage students to explore and discover, instilling sought-after ‘soft’ skills such as creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking.
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On top of this, the platform’s content can be tailored to suit different learning styles. The virtual personal tutor function provides real-time feedback via a chat interface, where students even have the chance to ask their own questions, encouraging curiosity.
To take advantage of the platform, Mathigon developed its very own curriculum. Every course is packed with colourful illustrations, real-life applications and engaging stories, teaching students that maths can be fun and doesn’t have to be delivered in the traditional rote learning style.
The interactive app has been dubbed “a true mathematical wonderland” by The Guardian‘s Alex Bellos, as well as a “front-runner for a new generation of textbooks” by Common Sense Education. It was one of the first companies to participate in UCL’s EDUCATE programme, while the app itself has been met with praise from both students and teachers worldwide.