- $2M revenue in 2019, with 75% B2C growth in 2 months from COVID-19 (unaudited)
- Series-A-stage company backed by a16z, YC, Hone Capital, and other top investors
- 99% of educators report their students enjoy learning how to code with CodeCombat
- Seasoned edtech founding team previously created Skritter, in 2020 named "the best app available for learning to write in Chinese" by MakeUseOf.com
- Total Amount Raised: US $1,192,320
- Total Investors: 699
- Total Round Size: US $1,335,000
- Series A :
- Minimum Investment: US $500 per investor
- : Preferred Equity
- US $25,000,000 :
- Side by Side Offering
The Challenge of Coding Education
Coding is the #1 job skill, and 90% of parents want their kids to learn it. Yet schools are struggling to scale up computer science quickly enough. Schools must teach:
- Engagingly: how do you get all kids excited about coding, when most don’t think coding is for them? Of AP CS test takers, only 29% are female, 22% are students of color.
- Effectively: how can you teach real code to young students, when even in college, traditional instruction leaves 32% of students failing Intro to CS courses?
- Scalably: how can you find CS teachers to teach every student, when teachers who know coding will leave to work as software engineers at nearly twice the salary?
- Online: how can you deploy distance-learning-compatible curriculum during COVID-19, which closed schools for 1.6 of 1.7 billion students worldwide?
Strong demand had already led to over $2M bookings in 2019. Then, in 2020, COVID-19 accelerated everything, creating $4.3M in new B2B sales pipeline and increasing B2C revenue 75% in two months. To serve this surge in B2C demand, we’re launching our new online classes product, hiring pro coding teachers to teach live coding lessons. On the B2B side, after two years of development, we’re fully launching Ozaria, our next-gen schools product, which is perfect for distance learning.
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. If you plan on investing less than US $20,000.00, you will automatically invest under the Regulation CF offering type. If you invest more than US $20,000.00, you must be an accredited investor and invest under the Regulation D offering type.
US $531,673 (under Reg CF only)
Investors who invest $749,999.16 (438,596 shares) or less will have their securities held in trust with a Custodian that will serve as a single shareholder of record. These investors will be subject to the Custodian’s Account Agreement, including the electronic delivery of all required information.
When you support CodeCombat in creating the future of coding education with an investment of $750 or more, you’ll also get perks to show our appreciation:
$750: Unlock the future: get one month of private or small-group online coding classes for a kid of your choice (4 sessions).
$1000: Level the playing field: give a month of live classes to an underserved student, plus get your month of classes.
$1500: Gamify yourself: get a custom CodeCombat avatar drawn of you (examples), plus give and get a month of classes.
$2500: Go long: get 25% lifetime discount on live classes, plus the avatar and the classes.
$5000: Help your school: give a year of full Ozaria and CodeCombat curriculum and premium support to school of your choice, plus the discount, avatar, and classes.
$7500: Share the love: give a year of full Ozaria and CodeCombat curriculum and premium support to an underserved school, plus the curriculum for your school, discount, avatar, and classes.
$15,000: Bring home magic: get a limited edition framed, signed Ozaria art print, plus the curriculum, discount, avatar, and classes.
$25,000: Shape the story: work with our game designers to name and design a future character in the Ozaria story, plus get the art, curriculum, discount, avatar, and classes.
$50,000: Explore the future: get a 1:1 deep dive with our CEO (in San Francisco or virtually), plus the character, art, curriculum, discount, avatar, and classes.
$100,000: Find your Yoda: get 6 months of weekly private coding lessons (for you or for a kid) taught personally by our CEO, plus the deep dive, character, art, curriculum, discount, avatar, and classes.
It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment.
The graph below illustrates theor the of CodeCombat's prior rounds by year.
COVID-19 and the Rise of Distance Learning
The coronavirus has accelerated trends towards online learning, with China edtech spend up 300% in Q1 and other world markets to follow. With schools and parents planning for an uncertain future where learning can happen offline or online, distance-learning-compatible curricula are in greater demand. This is especially true for coding education, as computing jobs were the least-affected occupation, losing only 1.9% of jobs by April (6x lower than US average of 11.1%).
US, China, and the World
We’re focused on the two largest education markets, the US and China.
In the US, all 50 states are promoting computer science in K-12. In the last 2 years, 28 states created K-12 CS standards and 19 announced requirements to teach CS in all high schools. This policy-driven growth has boosted our inside sales distribution channel, driving $1.1M bookings across 473 schools in 2019.
China is adding AI fundamentals to its exams, with 4 provinces now teaching Python in middle schools. We ran China’s largest K-12 Python tournament, winning an exclusive 2-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to run Python AI coding tournaments on our esports platform. This tournament-led approach has led to distribution partnerships with 100+ paid partners in 26 of 31 provinces.
Worldwide, 50 countries are adding computer science to their K-12 curricula. Having been translated into 50+ languages by the open source community, CodeCombat serves 50% of traffic outside the US and China, sowing seeds for future expansion opportunities.
Competitors teach coding using either drag-and-drop blocks (too simplified) or professional code engines (too complicated). We created our own code engine from scratch to teach real code to kids aged 8-18, filling a critical gap in the market.
The Pre-Money Valuation does not include the approximately 3,508,767 shares of Series A-1 Preferred Stock that was issued in 2018. As such, if the maximum raise amount is sold in this offering, the Post-Money Valuation will be approximately $32,334,991.57.
The development and commercialization of the Company’s products and services are highly competitive. It faces competition with respect to any products and services that it may seek to develop or commercialize in the future. Its competitors include major companies worldwide. The video game market is an industry where new competitors are entering the market frequently. Many of the Company’s competitors have significantly greater financial, technical and human resources and may have superior expertise in research and development and marketing approved services and thus may be better equipped than the Company to develop and commercialize services. These competitors also compete with the Company in recruiting and retaining qualified personnel and acquiring technologies. Smaller or early stage companies may also prove to be significant competitors, particularly through collaborative arrangements with large and established companies. Accordingly, the Company’s competitors may commercialize products more rapidly or effectively than the Company is able to, which would adversely affect its competitive position, the likelihood that its services will achieve initial market acceptance and its ability to generate meaningful additional revenues from its products and services.
The Company’s expenses will significantly increase as they seek to execute their current business model. Although the Company estimates that it has enough runway until end of year, they will be ramping up cash burn to promote revenue growth, further develop R&D, and fund other Company operations after the raise. Doing so could require significant effort and expense or may not be feasible.
The Company projects aggressive growth in 2021. If these assumptions are wrong and the projections regarding market penetration are too aggressive, then the financial forecast may overstate the Company's overall viability. In addition, the forward-looking statements are only predictions. The Company has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
The Company has not prepared any audited financial statements. Therefore, investors have no audited financial information regarding the Company’s capitalization or assets or liabilities on which to make investment decisions. If investors feel the information provided is insufficient, then they should not invest in the Company.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has adversely impacted global commercial activity and contributed to significant declines and volatility in financial markets. The coronavirus pandemic and government responses are creating disruption in global supply chains and adversely impacting many industries. The outbreak could have a continued material adverse impact on economic and market conditions and trigger a period of global economic slowdown. The rapid development and fluidity of this situation precludes any prediction as to the ultimate material adverse impact of the novel coronavirus. Nevertheless, the novel coronavirus presents material uncertainty and risk with respect to the Funds, their performance, and their financial results.
Through its operations, the Company collects and stores certain personal information that customers provide to purchase products or services, enroll in promotional programs, register on the web site, or otherwise communicate and interact with the Company. The Company may share information about such persons with vendors that assist with certain aspects of their business. Security could be compromised and confidential customer or business information misappropriated. Loss of customer or business information could disrupt the Company's operations, damage their reputation, and expose them to claims from customers, financial institutions, payment card associations and other persons, any of which could have an adverse effect on their business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, compliance with tougher privacy and information security laws and standards may result in significant expense due to increased investment in technology and the development of new operational processes.
The Company is subject to rapid technological change and dependence on new product development. Their industry is characterized by rapid and significant technological developments, frequent new product introductions and enhancements, continually evolving business expectations and swift changes. To compete effectively in such markets, the Company must continually improve and enhance its products and services and develop new technologies and services that incorporate technological advances, satisfy increasing customer expectations and compete effectively on the basis of performance and price. Their success will also depend substantially upon the Company's ability to anticipate, and to adapt its products and services to its collaborative partner’s preferences. There can be no assurance that technological developments will not render some of its products and services obsolete, or that they will be able to respond with improved or new products, services, and technology that satisfy evolving customers’ expectations. Failure to acquire, develop or introduce new products, services, and enhancements in a timely manner could have an adverse effect on their business and results of operations. Also, to the extent one or more of their competitors introduces products and services that better address a customer’s needs, their business would be adversely affected.
The reviewing CPA has included a “going concern” note in the reviewed financials. The Company has incurred losses from inception of approximately $8,555,817 which, among other factors, raises substantial doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern. The ability of the Company to continue as a going concern is dependent upon management's plans to raise additional capital from the issuance of debt or the sale of stock, its ability to commence profitable, and its ability to generate positive operational cash flow. The accompanying financial statements do not include any adjustments that might be required should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.
The Company has not filed a Form D for its prior offerings. The SEC rules require a Form D to be filed by companies within 15 days after the first sale of securities in the offering relying on Regulation D. Failing to register with the SEC or get an exemption may lead to fines, the right of investors to get their investments back, and even criminal charges. There is a risk that a late penalty could apply.
Start-up investing is risky. Investing in startups is very risky, highly speculative, and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to lose their entire investment. Unlike an investment in a mature business where there is a track record of revenue and income, the success of a startup or early-stage venture often relies on the development of a new product or service that may or may not find a market. Before investing, you should carefully consider the specific risks and disclosures related to both this offering type and the company which can be found in this company profile and the documents in the data room below.
Your shares are not easily transferable. You should not plan on being able to readily transfer and/or resell your security. Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares and the company does not have any plans to list these shares on an exchange or other secondary market. At some point the company may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a "liquidation event" occurs. A "liquidation event" is when the company either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
The Company may not pay dividends for the foreseeable future. Unless otherwise specified in the offering documents and subject to state law, you are not entitled to receive any dividends on your interest in the Company. Accordingly, any potential investor who anticipates the need for current dividends or income from an investment should not purchase any of the securities offered on the Site.
Valuation and capitalization. Unlike listed companies that are valued publicly through market-driven stock prices, the valuation of private companies, especially startups, is difficult to assess and you may risk overpaying for your investment. In addition, there may be additional classes of equity with rights that are superior to the class of equity being sold.
You may only receive limited disclosure. While the company must disclose certain information, since the company is at an early-stage they may only be able to provide limited information about its business plan and operations because it does not have fully developed operations or a long history. The company may also only obligated to file information periodically regarding its business, including financial statements. A publicly listed company, in contrast, is required to file annual and quarterly reports and promptly disclose certain events — through continuing disclosure that you can use to evaluate the status of your investment.
Investment in personnel. An early-stage investment is also an investment in the entrepreneur or management of the company. Being able to execute on the business plan is often an important factor in whether the business is viable and successful. You should be aware that a portion of your investment may fund the compensation of the company's employees, including its management. You should carefully review any disclosure regarding the company's use of proceeds.
Possibility of fraud. In light of the relative ease with which early-stage companies can raise funds, it may be the case that certain opportunities turn out to be money-losing fraudulent schemes. As with other investments, there is no guarantee that investments will be immune from fraud.
Lack of professional guidance. Many successful companies partially attribute their early success to the guidance of professional early-stage investors (e.g., angel investors and venture capital firms). These investors often negotiate for seats on the company's board of directors and play an important role through their resources, contacts and experience in assisting early-stage companies in executing on their business plans. An early-stage company may not have the benefit of such professional investors.
Representatives of SI Securities, LLC are affiliated with SI Advisors, LLC ("SI Advisors") Representatives of SI Securities, LLC are affiliated with SI Advisors, LLC ("SI Advisors"). SI Advisors is an exempt investment advisor that acts as the General Partner of SI Selections Fund I, L.P. ("SI Selections Fund"). SI Selections Fund is an early stage venture capital fund owned by third-party investors. From time to time, SI Selections Fund may invest in offerings made available on the SeedInvest platform, including this offering. Investments made by SI Selections Fund may be counted towards the total funds raised necessary to reach the minimum funding target as disclosed in the applicable offering materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Side by Side offering refers to a deal that is raising capital under two offering types. This Side by Side offering is raising under Regulation CF and Rule 506(c) of Regulation D.
The Form C is a document the company must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) which includes basic information about the company and its offering and is a condition to making a Reg CF offering available to investors. It is important to note that the SEC does not review the Form C, and therefore is not recommending and/or approving any of the securities being offered.
Before making any investment decision, it is highly recommended that prospective investors review the Form C filed with the SEC (included in the company's profile) before making any investment decision.
Rule 506(c) under Regulation D is a type of offering with no limits on how much a company may raise. The company may generally solicit their offering, but the company must verify each investor’s status as an accredited investor prior to closing and accepting funds. To learn more about Rule 506(c) under Regulation D and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
Title III of the JOBS Act outlines Reg CF, a type of offering allowing private companies to raise up to $1 million from all Americans. Prior capital raising options limited private companies to raising money only from accredited investors, historically the wealthiest ~2% of Americans. Like a Kickstarter campaign, Reg CF allows companies to raise funds online from their early adopters and the crowd. However, instead of providing investors a reward such as a t-shirt or a card, investors receive securities, typically equity, in the startups they back. To learn more about Reg CF and other offering types check out our blog and academy.
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by CodeCombat. Once CodeCombat accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to CodeCombat in exchange for your securities. At that point, you will be a proud owner in CodeCombat.
To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:
- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or passport
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
If you are investing under Rule 506(c) of Regulation D, your status as an Accredited Investor will also need to be verified and you will be asked to provide documentation supporting your income, net worth, revenue, or net assets or a letter from a qualified advisor such as a Registered Investment Advisor, Registered Broker Dealer, Lawyer, or CPA.
An investor is limited in the amount that he or she may invest in a Reg CF offering during any 12-month period:
- If either the annual income or the net worth of the investor is less than $100,000, the investor is limited to the greater of $2,000 or 5% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth.
- If the annual income and net worth of the investor are both greater than $100,000, the investor is limited to 10% of the lesser of his or her annual income or net worth, to a maximum of $100,000.
Separately, CodeCombat has set a minimum investment amount of US $500.
Accredited investors investing $20,000 or over do not have investment limits.
You are a partial owner of the company, you do own securities after all! But more importantly, companies which have raised money via Regulation CF must file information with the SEC and post it on their websites on an annual basis. Receiving regular company updates is important to keep shareholders educated and informed about the progress of the company and their investment. This annual report includes information similar to a company’s initial Reg CF filing and key information that a company will want to share with its investors to foster a dynamic and healthy relationship.
In certain circumstances a company may terminate its ongoing reporting requirement if:
- The company becomes a fully-reporting registrant with the SEC
- The company has filed at least one annual report, but has no more than 300 shareholders of record
- The company has filed at least three annual reports, and has no more than $10 million in assets
- The company or another party purchases or repurchases all the securities sold in reliance on Section 4(a)(6)
- The company ceases to do business
However, regardless of whether a company has terminated its ongoing reporting requirement per SEC rules, SeedInvest works with all companies on its platform to ensure that investors are provided quarterly updates. These quarterly reports will include information such as: (i) quarterly net sales, (ii) quarterly change in cash and cash on hand, (iii) material updates on the business, (iv) fundraising updates (any plans for next round, current round status, etc.), and (v) any notable press and news.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these securities. Right now CodeCombat does not plan to list these securities on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point CodeCombat may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when CodeCombat either lists their securities on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement. If invested under Regulation CF you may also receive periodic updates from the company about their business, in addition to monthly account statements.
This is CodeCombat's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity. If the company runs a side by side offering that includes an offering under Regulation CF, you may also find a copy of the CodeCombat's Form C. The Form C includes important details about CodeCombat's fundraise that you should review before investing.
For offerings made under Regulation CF, you may cancel your investment at any time up to 48 hours before a closing occurs or an earlier date set by the company. You will be sent a reminder notification approximately five days before the closing or set date giving you an opportunity to cancel your investment if you had not already done so. Once a closing occurs, and if you have not canceled your investment, you will receive an email notifying you that your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, you may go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.
If you invest under any other offering type, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason until a closing occurs. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your account's portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.