Fishers, Ind. (March 3, 2022) – AfterSchool HQ, a startup focused on making enrichment programs more accessible to students, has raised a seed round totaling $1.24 million. The round included participation from Elevate Ventures, Element Three, Sixty8 Capital and angel investors.
AfterSchool HQ was founded by CEO Darye Henry and Chief Operating Officer San Pathak. The two worked together in a software development firm that created a one-off platform for a school to enroll students in after-school programs. Within two minutes of opening initial enrollment to parents, 450 out of 1,100 spots were reserved.
“AfterSchool HQ created a dynamic bridge between educators, enrichment programs and families,” said Elevate Ventures Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mark Gramelspacher. “The platform simplifies the identification and selection of after-school options, including programs offered, allows students to register easily, and removes a bunch of hassle for parents to make payments and monitor progress. It offers a great value proposition for educators, parents and children.”
The company’s web-based platform links students with local in-person and virtual programs. It also offers a database of programs for parents to locate, register and pay for activities. AfterSchool HQ also provides profiles and access to management tools for after-school program managers to market classes. AfterSchool HQ has experienced significant growth over the last year and is preparing for even more expansion.
AfterSchool HQ said funding from the round will allow the company to scale up its sales and product teams.
“AfterSchool HQ is grateful to Elevate Ventures for supporting our mission to engage students in activities that ignite their passions,” said Henry. “The funding will allow us to expand our platform to more programs and parents to provide exceptional after-school learning opportunities for all students.”