bmp media investors AG: portfolio company 'iversity' doubles student numbers to 200,000 following launch

(PresseBox) ( Berlin, )
The European MOOC platform was launched on 15 October 2013 with more than 100,000 students. Just three weeks after the launch, the number of students at has doubled to more than 200,000.

Particularly in order to expand additional marketing activities and to publicise the courses, iversity had previously raised additional funds in a round of financing in which C.R.A.L.S. GmbH, pz GmbH and West Tech Ventures GmbH participated as new partners. bmp media investors AG (ISIN DE0003304200), BFB Frühphasenfonds Brandenburg GmbH and Kontor B45 increased their investment in this context.

iversity's initial curriculum comprises 25 online university courses by top professors from Europe and the USA, with nine courses already having gone live.

Compared to US competitors, iversity has the advantage that German and European students can earn ECTS credits for some courses. Furthermore, iversity has excellent knowledge of the European market conditions and has optimised the platform to meet the relevant requirements.

The three biggest MOOCs at are:

- 'The Future of Storytelling' from Potsdam University of Applied Sciences with more than 70,000 students

- 'Design 101 (or Design Basics') from the Academia di Belli Arti di Catania with over 30,000 students

- 'Public Privacy: Cyber Security and Human Rights' from the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance Berlin has more than 24,000 students

Marcus Riecke, CEO of iversity, welcomes the new investors on board and adds: 'We are delighted at the impressive progress made over the past weeks. We are also proud that to have recorded over 300,000 course registrations for our first MOOCs and in particular that interest in our content is continuing to grow so strongly.'

About iversity:
iversity is an internet platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs). iversity supports universities and professors in taking advantage of the opportunities offered by online education. On iversity, professors can make their knowledge available to thousands of students online. In online courses by renowned professors, students from all over the world gain access to university education.

About bmp media investors:
The Venture Capital company bmp media investors AG (ISIN DE0003304200) invests in high-growth companies in the area of media and marketing services in Germany and Poland. It focuses on companies in the seed, start-up and expansion stages. Since 1997, bmp media investors has been investing in media and marketing service companies. Some of its most successful exits include eProfessional, Gamigo, YOC, K2 Internet, Bankier, Nokaut and mbr targeting. Companies such as brand eins, betegy, castaclip,, K2 Internet and Retresco are in its current portfolio.
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