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Ruangguru Launches Four New Innovations for 2020

Diana Mariska
January 4, 2020 | 12:46 am
Co-founders of Ruangguru Belva Devara, left, and Iman Usman, right, with singer and Ruangguru's ambassador Putri Ariani in Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Diana Mariska)
Co-founders of Ruangguru Belva Devara, left, and Iman Usman, right, with singer and Ruangguru's ambassador Putri Ariani in Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Diana Mariska)

Jakarta. Indonesian educational technology startup Ruangguru last week launched four new innovations for its online learning platform in 2020.

The first innovation, called "Flash Concept," is designed for students facing the university entrance exam. Flash Concept provides summaries for each subject and allows students to prepare for the exam in just a few months.

However, co-founder Belva Devara said Ruangguru would stick to its principle of trying to get students to understand their subjects instead of rote-learning the materials. 

"Some students only start to study intensely for the exam a few months before it happens. We hope Flash Concept can help students start their exam preparations earlier," Belva said at the launch event on Friday.


The next new product, "Character Building," is a series of animated videos teaching students the topics of self-knowledge, teamwork and motivation. 

Belva said Ruangguru collaborated with several non-profit organizations to come up with the teaching materials for Character Building. 

Ruangguru now also provides daily live teaching, with several subjects on offer every day. During the session, students can ask questions directly to the teachers to ensure two-way communication between them.

The edutech startup has also introduced printable mock tests to help students prepare for the real ones. Belva said there had been many requests from Ruangguru users to enable this option.

The company's chief of product and partnership Iman Usman said Ruangguru's innovations are always based on the needs of its users and released according to their relevance and urgency.

Ruangguru also offers a program for teachers across the archipelago. Its Indonesia Teaching Fellowship (ITF) will provide teachers with one-year training in several subjects, including technology. The training is currently available to more than 3,900 teachers from 26 districts and cities across the country.

Recently, Ruangguru raised $150 million in a Series C funding led by global investment firm General Atlantic, venture capital company GGV Capital, Sinar Mas Group-backed venture capital EV growth, UOB Venture Management and existing investors.

The startup was established in 2014 by Iman and Belva, the latter being one of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's "millennial advisors." It currently has 15 million users all around Indonesia.

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