LEGO Ventures invests in the future of Education and Digital Play, focused on the overarching mission to “Inspire and Develop the Builders of Tomorrow”.
Education is on the brink of a massive transformation driven by significant societal shifts and rapid technological changes. At LEGO Ventures, we believe this creates an amazing opportunity for innovation in the way learning is delivered, both in formal (e.g. schools) and informal (e.g. home, after-school) environments. It is an opportunity to move beyond solely traditional, knowledge based learning towards the teaching of 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. It is also important to us that learning is inherently playful; it should be fun, meaningful and actively engaging. This is at the core of the LEGO® Idea.
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Digital play experiences provide rich entertainment and deep engagement. In doing so, they can also provide opportunities for creative expression and have the ability to inspire learning and growth.
At LEGO Ventures, we are looking for future digital systems-in-play and immersive worlds that offer new and innovative ways to foster creativity, challenge preconceptions, build skills, or enable social interactivity. We look for bold visions, innovative play experiences, emerging and merging platforms, and progressive business models.
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Beyond financial support, startups within LEGO Ventures’ portfolio have a direct link to the talent and knowledge that the LEGO Group has in ‘learning through play’ – as well as expertise in areas like supply chain, marketing, and product development.
LEGO Ventures seeks to partner with its portfolio companies for the long term. We are patient capital with the means to provide follow-on funding to our entrepreneurs.
We typically invest in growth-stage companies, who have a proven product/market fit and an actively growing user base. We invest globally, with our investment team spanning across San Francisco, New York, and London.
LEGO Ventures will seek partners across the globe who have the same interest in reaching more children with innovative technology and ‘learning through play’ concepts. In doing this we are prepared to both lead and follow funding rounds.