Maskott raises 7 million euros by sailing between education and training

By Philippe Guerrier | the † digital learning

Salon Learning Technologies: “We see a continuum between the learning needs between the teacher and the trainer,” said Pascal Bringer, CEO of Maskott, which aims to accelerate development of its half-LMS half-CMS Tactileo platform.

Exhibition Learning Technologies 2022: Pascal Bringer, CEO of Maskott – © DR

Technology companies in the EdTech category are digging the gap of educational continuity between the school curriculum and professional training. This is the case of mascot who just landed their first real financing of 7 million euros with a pool of investors:

  • The Bank of Territories,
  • Crédit Mutuel Arkéa (through its social innovation fund We Positive Invest),
  • investment user interface,
  • 12 business angels,
  • Jérôme Pascal, as director of business development at Maskott,
  • Banque Populaire Auvergne Rhône Alpes and BNP Paribas acting as banking partners.

Launched from Le Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) in 2004 by Pascal Bringer (an associate science teacher), Maskott took part in efforts to democratize digital tools in the school environment by participating in digital tablet equipping programs for students, as well as personalized learning through the Tactileo platform (8 million users).

“We see a continuum between the learning needs between the teacher and the trainer. The same Tactileo platform is operated with two different inputs to meet the needs of learner profiles »says Pascal Bringer, CEO of Maskott, whom we met at the fair learning technology Paris hosted last week.

Tactileo: the platform that combines LMS and CMS

• In 2016, Maskott launched its Tactileo platform, both LMS and CMS, for secondary and secondary school teachers. The Tactileo Pro version for professional training came later, knowing that the platform can be used face-to-face or remotely or in combination (blended learning).
• The digital learning tool makes it possible to develop courses or courses from ‘off-the-shelf’ content (own catalog or via external publishers).
• Of the 800,000 teachers in France, 20% have an active account on Tactileo, spread over 35,000 schools. By 2027, Maskott wants to reach 50% of the teachers with a Tactileo account.

With this collection of 7 million euros, Maskott wants to:

  • enrich its Tactileo platform with new functionalities,
  • accelerate the development of content on Tactileo for the education and vocational training segment,
  • expand its influence on the national territory with the support of the Ministry of National Education, communities and academies.

Depending on the objectives, two economic models coexist:

  • The platform is free to use for the education world. Its operation is funded by the sale of educational content produced in-house or by third parties (partner publishers such as Hatier or Belin).
  • In the professional training part, an active user billing has been developed, which has led to a system of subscription based on the number of trainees.

“We currently make 2/3 of our turnover in digital education and 1/3 in vocational training. Our goal is to aim for a balance by 2025,” says Pascal Bringer.

Vocational training: the PIC makes it possible to progress faster in the regions

In the context of vocational training and against the background of the Skills Investment Plan (PIC, one of the components of the Major Investment Plan launched in 2017), Maskott participates in programs to promote the shift in digital training centers.

  • In Occitania / Pyrenees-Mediterranean Regiona mission has been set up to support the digitization of more than 400 training organizations in collaboration with Mima Campus and SC-Conseil,
  • Suitable for Brittany regionan equivalent market for a similar device was won,
  • In Region Auvergne-Rhone-Alpeswith the support of Pôle emploi, it is involved with training organizations in innovative projects to improve the professional integration of people far from work.

Maskott, which has 30 employees, achieved a turnover of 4.5 million euros in the 2021 financial year.

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