Cialfo Press Release

EdTech Cialfo extends Series B to US$ 60 million to power global momentum and impact

Latest funding strengthens Cialfo’s ability to capitalize on increased demand for international student mobility and virtual college recruitment

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SINGAPORE, MARCH 10, 2022 — Singapore-based EdTech company Cialfo has today announced it has secured a further US$20 million in funding as part of a Series B extension, led by US-based investment firm Tiger Global. The news follows January’s announcement of a US$40 million round co-led by global investment firm Square Peg, and Australian-headquartered SEEK Investments. This brings the total raised to date to US$77 million, including the initial US$15 million in Series A funding in February 2021. Cialfo is a digital transformation leader in higher education committed to increasing access for millions of students worldwide. 

This latest funding will help the company to achieve this mission by increasing its investment in strategic markets and initiatives, including special scholarships for students in its global community. A US$20 million target was initially set for the Series B round, and the team managed to triple this figure as demand for international student mobility and virtual college recruitment soared during the pandemic.

A short-term surge in EdTech spending, brought on by COVID-19, is expected to recalibrate to a longer term integration of digital technologies by schools from K12 to universities, and to drive higher adoption rates of hybrid education experiences in the years ahead. According to Research and Markets, the global education technology sector is experiencing a digital transformation – with a suggested growth of up to 130% by 2027 – which is predicted to benefit people across a wide range of socio-economic and geographic backgrounds. Among the first-movers in virtual student engagement, and specialist in Asian markets, Cialfo is well-positioned to capture this opportunity. 

Its platform currently connects over 250,000 high school students, their counselors, and families with over 1,000 colleges in 50 countries. With 85% of those students applying to three different countries – not colleges – the team has become renowned for its international student mobility capabilities. As a result, the brand also has quickly achieved trusted partner status with globally-recognized universities such as Imperial College London in the UK, The University of Chicago in the United States, and IE University in Spain.

Commenting on the company’s Series B funding round, Cialfo CEO and Co-Founder Rohan Pasari said: “We are very excited to receive continued backing from the global investor community and we are grateful to Tiger Global for extending our Series B. Our full focus remains on evolving in a way that positively impacts our students, schools, and ultimately, society, with speed and at scale. This funding will help us to do just that. It naturally also will allow us to invest in continuous product development so we can deliver even more personalized and practical support to our community of students, counselors and universities. Importantly, growing our operations in critical markets, and expanding our 360 offerings to include scholarships, are among the ways we plan to capitalize on this infusion of capital, and give more back in return.” 



“We are very excited to receive continued backing from the global investor community and we are grateful to Tiger Global for extending our Series B. Our full focus remains on evolving in a way that positively impacts our students, schools, and ultimately, society, with speed and at scale. This funding will help us to do just that. It naturally also will allow us to invest in continuous product development so we can deliver even more personalized and practical support to our community of students, counselors and universities. Importantly, growing our operations in critical markets, and expanding our 360 offerings to include scholarships, are among the ways we plan to capitalize on this infusion of capital, and give more back in return.” 
- Rohan Pasari, CEO & Co-founder, Cialfo



About Cialfo:

Singapore-headquartered Cialfo is a global provider of transformative technologies that empower students and schools - from K12 to university - throughout the career exploration and college search and selection process, so they can find their perfect-fit and plan for the future.

Originally formed in 2017, the company’s Co-Founders and leadership team includes CEO Rohan Pasari (India), Stanley Chia (Singapore) and William Hund (Australia). Cialfo is a platform that aims to transform the higher education landscape through simplifying the college application process and making education accessible to all. With over 170 employees across Singapore, India, the United States and China, Cialfo connects high school students, their counselors, and families with over 1,000 colleges. It has achieved trusted partner status with globally-recognized universities such as Imperial College London in the UK, The University of Chicago in the United States, and IE University in Spain. For further information please visit www.cialfo.co

About Tiger Global:

Tiger Global is a US-based investment firm, focussed on public and private companies in the global internet, software, consumer, and financial technology industries. The company’s mission is to generate world-class investment returns over the long term. They aspire to do so in a way that makes their partners and portfolio companies proud, as Tiger Global builds a unique, global investment platform.

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