Edtech startup Permission Click nets $1.75 mln in seed funding

Winnipeg-based education technology startup Permission Click Inc has secured $1.75 million in seed-stage financing. The round was led by Canadian school and trade publications producer Friesens Corp and was joined by Canadian venture capital firm Real Ventures and other investors. Founded in 2013, Permission Click has developed a cloud-based platform that helps schools and parents coordinate permission slips, forms, and payments required for student participation in school activities. Permission Click was named “Most Promising Startup of the Year” by the National Angel Capital Organization in 2014.

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Permission Click Secures $1.75M in Seed Funds from Friesens Corp. and Others

Mar 22, 2016

Permission Click digital permission slip platform for schools was named “2014 Most Promising Startup” by the Nat’l Angel Capital Organization

WINNIPEG, Manitoba –(BUSINESS WIRE)

Permission Click Inc. today announced the closing of a $1.75M seed round from investors, including Friesens Corp. and Real Ventures, among others. The Permission Click digital platform helps schools and parents better coordinate permission slips, forms and payments required for student participation in school activities and events.

“Parents and teachers are well familiar with the complications that come with paper-based approval processes. Forms get lost in backpacks, unpaid fees prevent students from participating in events, and district policies aren’t always followed correctly,” said Chris Johnson, CEO of Permission Click. “Teachers say that since using the system the number of parent responses increased considerably, and the average response time is now minutes, not days. Parents report that they love knowing forms and fees actually got to the school.”

A cloud-based platform, Permission Click allows schools to easily create registration forms and permission slips for field trips, fundraising programs, yearbook sales, and other school events. Forms are electronically sent to parents who can respond on any device in seconds, to approve attendance, fill out forms, and pay any associated fees online — with no apps to install.

Lead investor Friesens Corp. is one of Canada’s largest printers, specializing in hardcover books, yearbooks and packaging printing. The company has been a major player in the school market for more than 100 years. According to President and CEO Curwin Friesen, Permission Click has the rare and unique combination of assets that adds up to success in the school market.

“The Permission Click platform is exceptionally well-developed. It’s user-friendly, scalable, and includes strong security protocols. In addition, the management team has proven experience with startups, they clearly understand the challenges faced by schools, and they’re ahead of the game with a solution no one else can offer,” said Friesen. “This is an excellent opportunity for us which we’re excited to further maximize by selling Permission Click through our Canadian and U.S. distribution channel.

Permission Click is free of charge and can be deployed in less than 15 minutes. Additional premium district-level features and controls are available for a per student, per year license fee.

Please visit: http://www.permissionclick.com/info.

Eicher Communications Inc.
Leslie Eicher, 314-965-1776
leslie@eichercommunications.com

Photo courtesy of Permission Click Inc