Synapse, a provider of technology for the Learning and Development market announced today that it closed a US$2.5 million seed financing to fuel growth of its Learning Design System. The first-of-its-kind platform automates the instructional design process, allowing organizations to quickly transform institutional knowledge into on-demand training.
Instructional design is a function that is performed by a few highly-trained individuals, impeding organizations from creating and deploying training at scale. Benchmarks indicate that it can take over 70 hours and up to $10,000 to create a single hour of training.
Generation Ventures led the financing with participation from Ripple Ventures, Differential Ventures, CEAS Investments, Cathexis Ventures, Ideal Ventures and Venture Capitalist Neal Dempsey. As part of the financing, Laura Lenz of Generation Ventures will join the board.
“We are excited about what the future holds for Synapse,” said Lenz. “Synapse’s solution fills an important gap in the market and the team is putting incredible focus in all the right places; people, product, customer value and metrics that support the success of the business”.
The use of artificial intelligence within Synapse’s Learning Design System includes using a recommendation engine that enables subject matter experts and training departments to streamline collaboration and reduce delivery time. The Synapse platform has demonstrated the ability to reduce the cost of developing training by as much as 65%.
“The use of AI in corporate learning is in its infancy, we’re excited to be the first to apply it to the instructional design process,” said CEO Ryan Austin (pictured here). “This funding will help us accelerate growth as we strive to become a core part of every organization’s learning strategy.”
The funding will be used fuel growth in sales, marketing and product expansion and to hire key personnel.
Written by Kristy Sadler