Education technology startup HyperionDev has rebranded as CoGrammar and launched a recruitment drive for code reviewers as part of a new business-to-business service, following a successful pre-Series A fundraising.
CoGrammar, an Edinburgh Innovations client founded by Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science graduate Riaz Moola, offers code review and mentoring as a service, aiming to partner with providers of computer coding education. Meanwhile, the company’s own successful online coding bootcamp will continue under the HyperionDev product name.
In the recent funding round, HyperionDev, based in the UK and South Africa, received offers from four UK and US venture capital funds, and accepted an undisclosed sum from investors that have chosen to remain private.
The new capital has enabled the company to scale to a team of 40, and to launch its new code review service.
“Our online training bootcamp has grown to one of the largest in the world – we have up to 40,000 students in 40 countries. But CoGrammar is way more ambitious. We can be the engine for all coding education across the globe – CoGrammar has enormous growth potential.”
– Riaz Moola, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, HyperionDev
Moola first saw the opportunity in coding education when he encountered a wide variation in coding skills as a student, both in his native South Africa and at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, where he studied from 2011 to 2014.
He received support from Edinburgh Innovations’ enterprise development team, including help with business strategy, pitching for investment and connecting with advisers and mentors.
In 2016, HyperionDev won a funding award from Google, followed by the Innovation Challenge at the internet.org competition run by Facebook, securing $230,000.
Serving global brands
HyperionDev, focused mostly on the African market, aims to enable students to become software developers after following its bootcamp course for six months. CoGrammar promises to create a new cohort of code reviewers who can serve global edtech brands.
“We are grateful for the support of our new backers which have allowed us to set our sights on tackling a more ambitious vision – setting the global standard for code review,” says Moola.
“CoGrammar enables education brands around the world to integrate on-demand mentorship and code review into their coding education programmes at an affordable cost, making effective software development education scalable.
“We make this possible through a new career path – copywriter for code – which we’ve created in the African market. We’re now accepting applications for our first cohort of CoGrammars.”
The company has offices in Cape Town and London and plans to open in Edinburgh in the next phase of its growth.
“There is a group within Edinburgh’s School of Informatics that does research into automated code review, and we want to collaborate with them on code review supported by AI and humans,” says Moola.
“When we look to hire talent as part of that development, we will definitely look to the Edinburgh startup ecosystem and the School of Informatics.”