Edtech firms PW, Xylem Learning partner to invest Rs. 500 crore in South India

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Edtech firms PW, Xylem Learning partner to invest Rs. 500 crore in South India
Edtech firms PW, Xylem Learning partner to invest Rs. 500 crore in South India

“In three years, we will invest Rs 500 crore to propagate the brave and unique “XYLEM model of hybrid learning” to other adjoining sister states

A strategic partnership has been formed between the edtech unicorn Physics Wallah (PW) and Xylem Learning, a Kerala-based edtech firm, under which the former plans to invest Rs. 500 crore over the next three years, the company said on Sunday.

The aim of the partnership is to strengthen the presence of PW in the southern market.

“This partnership with Xylem Learning fills me with immense excitement and pride. It not only aligns with our shared vision of providing quality education to all but also propels us closer to our strategic goal of becoming the leading education platform in South India,” PW Founder and CEO Alakh Pandey said in a statement.

The partnership involves strategic equity and cash investments in Xylem and scaling up operations.

“In three years, we will invest Rs 500 crore to propagate the brave and unique “XYLEM model of hybrid learning” to other adjoining sister states. It is a special result-oriented plan of learning, which has especially impressed me.

“To do this, it will require robust team building, content development, technological innovation, expansion in other categories, and hybrid centres. We will also look at mergers and acquisitions in the South,” Pandey said.

Xylem Learning, founded by 26-year-old MBBS graduate Ananthu S, claims to have a strong presence in the Kerala market and plans to now expand to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and other southern markets.

At present, Xylem Learning, through its 30 YouTube channels, provides free classes to over three million students. Additionally, it has more than one lakh paid students across its various online courses and 30,000 students in its offline or hybrid centres located across five prime districts of Kerala.

Also, across seven schools, it operates 10 tuition centres and a school-integrated programme. It has also ventured into commerce and Kerala PSC test preparation and will continue expanding into other categories.

To deliver the learning experience for JEE and NEET aspirants in South India, the collaboration, built on the exchange of technology and knowledge, will leverage the strengths of both platforms.

The partnership is driven by the principles of affordability, trust, and the democratisation of education, said Ananthu.

“We aim to achieve Rs 300 crore in revenue with 25% EBITDA in FY24, up from Rs 150 crore in FY23. Alakh Pandey’s vision perfectly aligns with ours, as we are both dedicated to making quality education accessible and affordable for students,” he said.

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