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Dubai-based ‘Training Calendar’ raises $1 million seed for its skill development marketplace

Training Calendar, a Dubai-based global marketplace for training courses (both online and offline), events, and different executive education programs has raised $1 million as seed funding, the startup announced today. This brings their total raise to $2.1 million with $1.1 million raised earlier, according to the statement. The startup has not disclosed names of its investors.

Founded in 2015 by Peer Mohaideen Sait, a former Management Consultant, with over 20 years of experience, the platform offers its services to corporates, training and executive education providers, recruiters, students, and anyone who wants to improve their professional skillset.

It brings all these stakeholders together to allow them to buy, sell and benefits from these services.

Buyers are the stakeholders who enroll themselves in different courses through the platform to improve a specific skill. They could be working professional, fresh grads and students who buy these courses on their own behalf or HR and Learning & Development Managers who buy them on behalf of their companies for the employees.

Sellers on the platform include training and executive education providers, universities and freelance trainers.

Training Calendar, per statement, currently has over 75,000 courses that have been aggregated from different online learning providers including EdX, Coursera, and Udemy, and over 6,500 classroom training courses across UAE, Saudi Arabia and India that have been listed by providers like Informa, Dale Carnegie, and PwC Academy. It also has over 40 executive education courses listed by different leading business schools of the world.

Corporates can use the Training Calendar’s Learning Experience Platform (LXP) – that allows them to identify the skills of their employee, update their competencies, find the skill gaps and create a training need analysis right. They can then find and allocate training courses for their staff in few clicks and create development plans and individual learning pathway for the employees.

The startup offers all its services through its web platform and mobile apps for Android and iOS.

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