Dubai-based skills teaching company Qureos has raised $3 million in a pre-seed round led by Dubai-based early-stage venture capital firm Cotu Ventures and New York-based early-stage venture capital firm Colle Capital.

The round also has participation from investors including Globivest, Plutus21 Capital, Dubai Angel Investors, and AlZayani Venture Capital.

Several angel investors also took part including current and former leaders of Swvl, Boston Consulting Group, Moelis & Company, Careem, Cisco Systems, Koinz, Message Bird, Bain & Company, Hiperpool, ADNOC and QIA.

Alexander Epure, co-founder and chief executive at Qureos, said: “Learning and hiring are disconnected and Qureos aims to leverage its unique position at the nexus of these two markets through an experiential learning community where emerging talent can learn from industry experts and gain experience through mentor-led hiring cohorts from businesses.”

Amir Farha, founder and managing partner at Cotu Ventures, added: “We believe that new learning models like Qureos, which combine cohort-based, synchronous education with community, are going to become more mainstream and disrupt traditional players. From our perspective, the energy and passion that the team exhibited from our initial conversations, to the traction demonstrated so early on, and the deep product vision, were all ingredients to driving our conviction in the business. We’re excited to be a part of this journey and seeing the team’s vision of upskilling talent become a reality.”

Date published: 6 April 2022

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