GO1, the Australian-based training platform, has recently secured $30 million in a Series B funding round spearheaded by the corporate venture arm of Microsoft focused on next-gen tech firms, M12.
GO1 is an online marketplace for a number of courses ranging from professional development to general training. Existing investors include SEEK, an online recruitment company from Australia, and Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator also participated in the round.
The deal marks M12’s first such investment in an Australian startup. The financing would allow GO1 to leverage Microsoft’s network including its portfolio development team and co-sell programmes.
The startup was born out of Y Combinator in 2015 and is led by co-founders Andrew Barnes, Chris Eigeland, Chris Hood and Vu Tran.
“We see many opportunities on the horizon given our mission to improve workforce productivity is a view shared by GO1.com, SEEK and Microsoft,” said Barnes.
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