Byju’s turns to internal round as Middle East funding looks shaky

A dismal earning report has investors spooked, even as India’s largest edtech company is set to cut 2,500 jobs in the next six months.

Byju’s negotiations with sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East to raise a new equity round have stalled, according to people with knowledge of the talks. Byju’s—India’s largest education technology company with a valuation north of $22 billion—was in talks with sovereign wealth funds in Abu Dhabi and the Qatar Investment Authority to raise funding to the tune of around $700 million.

“The red flags in its FY21 earning reports spooked the investors,” says an edtech executive familiar with the matter, asking not to be named. “Talking about raising $300 million in a week is easy. Going out in the …


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