Computer science curriculum startup Codelicious has received an investment from CareSource and Elevate Ventures through the CareSource Diversity & Social Impact Fund. The investment is the latest in a series of Elevate follow-on funding in Codelicious since 2017.
CEO Christine McDonnell co-founded Codelicious to support schools and districts in their effort to accelerate computer science into the instructional day. McDonnell set out to create full-year, grade level differentiated computer science curriculum that would be engaging and accessible for kids of all backgrounds.
“CareSource knows the importance of bringing accessible educational opportunities to underrepresented populations to improve their futures,” said Steve Smitherman, CareSource Indiana Market President. “The customizable curriculum provided by Codelicious equips teachers to deliver computer science instruction in several public urban and rural school districts where many of CareSource’s members are located.”
Codelicious began offering computer science curricula through subscription as a service (SaaS) and secured its first school district in 2017. The company's presence in schools has tripled year-over-year since its launch, and its curriculum is now being used in public, private, and charter K-12 schools across the country.
"The Codelicious team has created a much-needed solution to address the growing demand for computer science education in our schools," said Elevate Ventures CEO Chris LaMothe. "We are proud to invest in their growth and excited to see the social impact they will create in our communities."
Codelicious will use the funding to expand go-to-market strategy and technology development.
“We are excited to be working alongside companies like CareSource, who are passionate about providing teachers with high quality computer science curriculum,” said McDonnell. “This investment will allow us to support more teachers in their efforts to educate, enrich, and engage every student in their classroom.