Tinkergarten Raises $5.4M to Get Kids to Go Outside, Play and Learn | Tony Wan

For Brian Fitzgerald, what began as a newborn side project in 2012—when he was working at edtech startup Knewton—has become a fully-grown venture of its own.
Tinkergarten, which operates a network of outdoor-based classes for young children, has raised $5.4 million in a Series A round led by Owl Ventures. Existing investors Omidyar Network and Reach Capital also contributed. (Disclosure: all three are also investors in EdSurge.) The Northampton, Mass.-based startup has now raised $8.3 million in total funding.
The idea was conceived shortly after his first daughter was born. “It’s an age-old…

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