Funding secures school buy-out bid

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Ardchattan is celebrating securing the funding to buy its former school and turn it into a community hub.

Ardchattan Centre has been awarded £52,000 to make the purchase, including the school house next door to it, from Argyll and Bute Council.

The former Bonawe school, Ardchattan.

Breege Smith, chairperson of Ardchattan Centre, said: ‘We are overjoyed with the award. Our ambition to transform this building into the cultural

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QuickStart Secures $10M to Grow Outcomes-Based Tuition Finance Program and Increase Access to Technology Education

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — QuickStart Learning, Inc., an IT skills workforce readiness and certification training provider, today announced a close of $10M in growth financing to expand its Income Share Agreement program. The capital will allow QuickStart to scale access to its Web Development, Data Science, Data Analysis, Cybersecurity, and Cloud Computing bootcamp and certification programs by helping individuals achieve their professional potential through an outcomes-aligned form of education finance. 

“Demonstrating a clear return on investment differentiates QuickStart from competitors in the space. Income Share Agreements provide a definitive indicator of a high-ROI educational program, while increasing access to that program simultaneously,” said Ed Sattar, QuickStart’s CEO. 

QuickStart has partnered with Leif, the market’s full-service Income Share Agreement Management Platform, to launch and manage the program. “Leif provided the technology and expertise to quickly launch our ISA program, allowing us to focus on maintaining our

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backpack, The World’s First Personal Education Record(TM), Secures Angel Round | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With the world going nearly completely virtual over these past few months, it has become a vital time for tech and start-up companies to shine, especially in the education sector. With many schools (colleges/universities included!) opting for remote learning, we need tech support for education now more than ever. backpack, LLC is a tech-enabled company designed as an online storage solution for academics and extracurricular information. This month, the team is excited to announce the successful landing of capital infusion from angel investors. The funding will be used to expand the functionality and enhance the user experience of the app, thereby further supporting parents, teachers, and students with successful digital storage solutions for all their academic information.

The new investment round will enable backpack to build upon its position as the first Personal Education Record™ in the world. backpack empowers parents and

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Apple alum’s jobs app for India’s workers secures $8 million

Javed, a middle-aged man, worked as a driver before losing that job earlier this year as coronavirus spread across India, prompting New Delhi to enforce a nationwide lockdown and temporarily curb several business activities.


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There are millions of people like Javed in India today who have lost their livelihood in recent months. They are low-skilled workers and are currently struggling to secure another job.

An Apple alum thinks he can help. Through his app startup Apna, Nirmit Parikh is helping India’s workers learn new skills, connect with one another, and find jobs.

Parikh’s app is already changing lives. Javed, who could barely speak a few words in English before, recently posted a video on Apna app where he talked about his new job — processing raisins — in English.

In less than one year of its existence, Apna app — available on Android — has amassed over 1.2

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