E-learning firm ITZA gets Scot Enterprise, Alba funding

E-learning firm ITZA has secured £2 million of R&D grant and equity funding from Scottish Enterprise, Alba Equity and private investors to grow a digital learning, production and AI analytics hub in Scotland.

Scottish Enterprise said it is hoped the hub will accelerate independent learning for young people in the 10-16 age range.

It said ITZA’s web platform empowers young people to learn independently using curated content and personalised analytics.

The company’s team of filmmakers, cognitive scientists, educators, and game designers collaborate with brands and organisations to produce film, games and other interactive content to complement and extend the school curricula.

ITZA is set to embark on a pilot at schools in West Lothian, Dundee and Aberdeenshire this summer, with access via GLOW, the Scottish schools digital network, ahead of a roll-out across Scotland during the next school year.

To support ITZA’s growth plans, the company expects to increase its Edinburgh headcount from 15 to over 50 in the next three years.

ITZA founder and CEO Anthony Bouchier said: “Scotland has a longstanding reputation around its pioneering introduction of digital learning into schools, and we thank Scottish Enterprise and Alba for their dedicated support.

“We’re excited to be here – ITZA plans to go global from a base in Scotland.”

Jane Martin, Managing Director of Innovation and Investment at Scottish Enterprise, said: “It’s great to see ITZA choose Edinburgh as the location of its new digital hub.

“The city is home to hundreds of ambitious technology companies, leading academic institutions, and a deep pool of tech talent, making it the ideal place in which to scale up a digital technology business.

“If Scottish Enterprise is to help increase the number of scale-up businesses in Scotland, create high-value jobs and drive increases in turnover, it’s critically important that we continue to encourage companies like ITZA to anchor their research and development projects here and support investment in innovation.”

Alba Equity founder and director John Duncan said: “Anthony and his team at ITZA are delivering a platform that we believe has the potential to offer improved learning experiences for many young people and we’re delighted to be able to support this.

“The use of emerging technologies to complement and enhance the in-school learning experience is something that should benefit all stakeholders, and we look forward to working with ITZA through this exciting stage of the development.”