Boston-based Allclasses is launching a “Kayak” for online and offline courses today with a special event at the Boston Public Library.
The company also announced a $1.5 million round of funding from Floodgate, Great Oaks, Atlas Venture, Designer Fund, AngelList investment firm Maiden Lane, and a group of angel investors from Kayak, Amazon, and DataXu.
The Allclasses’ search engine, focused on online and local classes, will feature classes, seminars, workshops, and training in areas such as education, dance, fitness, yoga, cooking, art, and more.
The company plans on rolling out programs in different verticals as the year progresses and will first focus on the professional and continuing education market. Initially, Allclasses will offer 10,000 classes from its full collection of more than 1 million offerings.
In a statement, co-founder and chief executive Stephen Marcus explained that the uptick in interest in online learning has sparked an overflow of online and offline courses that can be a challenge to navigate.
“But until now,” he said, “those looking to take advantage of these new forms of learning or even traditional classroom experiences, have had no way to evaluate the millions of opportunities that exist in today’s marketplace based on the criteria of cost, quality, and accessibility. Allclasses will help fill that need and this round of funding will help us hone our platform to include even more classes from around the world.”
Allclasses also did a special launch panel at the Boston Public Library this morning, which can be viewed below, with Education Advisor to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Landon Dickey, and Johannes Heinlein of edX, Nick Ducoff of Boundless, MIT’s Sloan School of Management’s Peter Hirst, and Mike Baker of DataXu.
The event begins at the 58:40 mark in the video below.