Some of you may already use Citelighter, but if you don’t, you’ve probably at least heard of them (since we’ve written about them before). What started out as a great bibliography tool that helps students effectively complete research and writing assignments has morphed over time and has added many new features, including a global learning database and cognitive prints.
Today, Citelighter is announcing another round of funding to continue developing their awesome tools, including work on a full scale writing platform that helps both teachers and students understand the writing process.
To celebrate, Citelighter is offering Edudemic readers an awesome freebie! The first 50 teachers who email Citelighter with ‘I heart Edudemic’ at firstname.lastname@example.org get a Citelighter Google Drive integration for their entire class for free. Is there a better way to check out the awesome tools they offer? We didn’t think so.
So don’t forget to email the folks at Citelighter to get a free GoogleDocs integration for your class, and check out the press release below to learn a bit more about what they’re planning on doing with their newfound cash!
Citelighter, the platform that helps students more effectively complete research and writing assignments, while teaching them to think critically and solve 21st century problems, has announced that it has taken in $1,525,000 in a Series Seed round of funding. The newest round of funds will take the company from a basic research tool to full-scale writing platform unlike any other digital writing tool. It will make the writing process visible for both student and teacher from the initial stages of gathering evidence all the way through drafting, revising, and final editing.
The Series Seed round comes on the heels of a $100,000 Bridge Round of funding by TEDCO, a Maryland Technology and Development Fund, which also prompted the company’s move to Baltimore. Investors in the Series Seed round include the New York Angels, Blu Ventures, Harvard Business School Angels of New York City, the Baltimore angels, and the EdTechFund. Some of the individual investors within each group include Frank Bonsal Jr (Founder of NEA), Ed Hajim, John Cammack (former T.Rowe Price Executive), Hugh Evans (3D Systems Venture Fund), and David Warnock (CamdenPartners). The company is also extending extending a warm welcome to Alessandro Piol (Vedanta Capital and AlphaPrime Ventures) and Kevin Hollins (Blu Ventures) onto their Board of Directors, and Sacha Levy (New York Angels) and Stephen Dukker onto their board as observers. Citelighter has raised a total of $2,450,00, including its past rounds.
In addition to the close of the Series Seed round of funding, Citelighter recently moved to Baltimore. The move was meant to take advantage of the burgeoning ed-tech ecosystem fueled by passionate teachers, a strong and progressive TFA presence, support from local investors, and the presence of governmental authorities such as former State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick in favor of education reform. “You can feel the energy when you speak to the teachers who are charging the grassroots movement,” said Saad Alam, CEO and Co-Founder of Citelighter. Thus far, the company has been met with support of other young ed-tech companies and welcomed by the community with open arms.
“This round of funding will help us to provide additional resources to classrooms that help reinforce and build good habits in the classroom,” said Alam in a recent interview. “After speaking with hundreds of teachers we believe that Citelighter’s Teacher Tools and Student Platform fill a large unmet need, and we couldn’t be more excited about launching these tools from our new home in Baltimore.” He added, “We are thrilled to have such a deep bench of investors with experience in every facet of business, in addition to those who have built large and successful education companies.”
Funding will be used in a variety of ways, though the majority will be spent on development to expand from a basic research tool into a general purpose writing platform. Throughout the course of the last year, schools have found numerous uses for Citelighter’s initial offering, the intuitive and easy-to-use fully automated research and citation tool, and Citelighter begun expanding its product to meet the growing needs of its users. There will also be an allocation of funds to expand sales and marketing capabilities. The Citelighter Baltimore office is located at 1111 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230 in Federal Hill.
Citelighter is a platform that allows users to save, organize, and automatically cite content found online or in the vast repository of Citelighter’s internal database, powered by Questia. Students can take advantage of the intuitive interface that now interacts directly with Google Docs, where they can collaborate and complete writing assignments. Citelighter’s Teacher Tools can be used to track and easily interpret student behaviors, including processes associated with research, organization, and writing. Events are displayed in the form of “Cognitive Prints.” This administrative platform allows teachers to utilize quantitative information about student behavior as a means to effectively guide students based on their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers can provide more effective feedback and students can utilize advanced tools to learn critical components of writing.
Citelighter has won 6 national industry awards and being used by students at 2,100 schools.