Japan’s teen programming camp operator ‘Life is Tech’ raises $3 million



Tokyo-based Life is Tech runs a bootcamp program for elementary and junior high school students to master infotech (IT) skills. The company announced today that it has fundraised 310 million yen ($3 million) from Jafco, Mistletoe, KCJ Group, DeNA, and Recruit Holdings. [1]

Life is Tech teaches mobile app development and movie-making in three different types of courses, such as intensive bootcamp, online, and year-round face-to-face courses. More than 5,000 students have participated in the courses, and about 1,300 students will also join the summer bootcamp program.

Life is Tech was qualified by KDDI for the fourth batch of their incubation program last year. They received investment from CyberAgent and established a joint venture called CA Tech Kids with the latter company to provide programming courses for elementary school students.

Life is Tech is planning to set up a local subsidiary in Singapore in October for strengthening global expansion in order to provide learning courses to students around the world.

Via TechCrunch Japan

  1. Mistletoe is an investment fund by notable angel investor Taizo Son. KCJ Group is the Japanese local operating company behind family entertainment centers KidZania