Indian edtech Unacademy cuts another 250 jobs


Indian edtech giant Unacademy is laying off about 250 employees, the latest in a series of layoffs since the reopening of schools across the country after the pandemic.

The Bengaluru-headquartered startup, valued at $3.4 billion in its last funding in 2021, is cutting 100 jobs in core roles (marketing, business and product) and about 150 in sales, according to a source familiar with the situation. This new round of layoffs means that Unacademy will have cut about 2,000 jobs since the second half of 2022.

An Unacademy spokesperson confirmed the layoff but didn’t elaborate on how many individuals were impacted.

The restructuring exercise has been “necessary” to stay on the startup’s goal of reaching profitability, said Unacademy, which counts General Atlantic, SoftBank and Peak XV among its backers.

The layoffs come at a time when Unacademy is in discussions with K12 Techno, the parent firm of school chain Orchid International, for a possible merger, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Edtech firms globally boomed during the pandemic lockdowns, but have been facing declining enrollments as schools return to in-person classes. In India, the edtech industry is facing another setback: the sudden collapse of Byju’s, once the country’s most valuable startup.

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