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Date Rated:
Valuation (Pre Money):
Industry: Education
Location: UK - London
Platform: Crowdcube
£400,000 Expansion
Valuation: £4,700,353
Date Rated: 09/05/17



Tax Status: EIS

Business Summary

TeachPitch is a cloud-based learning platform designed to help teachers and schools discover and manage the best online learning resources, allowing teachers to rate their quality for others in the TeachPitch community. TeachPitch has served tens of thousands of users from over 128 countries and is actively expanding in China through B2B partnerships. This round of investment will be used to accelerate the expansion in China and to fund further product development.

Financial Overview




There is insufficient information available to provide a financial overview



The founding team has management level expertise in publishing and IT but further sales skills seem needed to develop the expansion in China.
Although the management team has gained relevant industry knowledge, there is a lack of business development and investor relations experience. No advisors support the business.
Only the Founder seems to be full-time, but he has invested £20k as Director's loan. Should some of the new funds be invested in people to support him personally at board/advisory level?
The global education market is expected to be worth about £4.9bn this year. TeachPitch addressable market is growing steadily, by 2030, nearly 69m new teachers will be needed.
The company has shown little commercial traction to date, but user database has grown steadily and several B2B partnerships will enable the access to a strong pipeline of potential customers.
There are already strong players in the market with similar solutions, but TeachPitch intends to provide teachers and schools with an easy to use tool to discover online learning material.
There is insufficient information available to fairly rate this aspect of the business


TeachPitch is already monetising its service but is still far from meeting the forecasts it presented in its last funding round. We do not understand why it is not putting a financial snapshot up on the campaign - what is there to hide? We also challenge the valuation which has increased considerably since the last round in February 2016. We accept that there have been commercial developments, but revenues are way off target.

New investors should look at our previous rating HERE and assess whether they think the company has developed enough to command this c50% increase in valuation.

However, current partnerships in China could lead to getting the right commercial traction.

If the Founder's ambition to achieve an exit of £20m has not changed since the last funding round, investors in this round could expect about five-fold return within five years, but they should also note that delays on implementation could easily slow down the company growth and lead to a further requirement of funds. Therefore investors should note that a minimum investment of £15k is required to secure pre-emption rights.

We note that on the bulletin board the company has been slow to issue EIS certificates from the last round over 14 months ago, so investors should investigate the company's investor relations strategy going forward to make sure they know to what extent the company intends to engage with them, especially if they are small investors.

Note: We have not received a business plan from TeachPitch and therefore this rating is based on the information available within the Crowdcube pitch.

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