As we recently highlighted (read here), education is among the sectors mostly affected by the disruptive power of technology. But to thrive in the current fast-changing world, people often need to acquire new knowledge and skills, which are not provided by traditional educational channels. Surfing this wave, some startups have been trying to democratize the learning arena to empower them to learn what really matters, from professional subjects to languages, in a more customized way with no connection to education institutions. An "evergreen" field that has seen an estimated $6 billion of venture capital funds flowing over the last five years (read the recent report by Docebo, an Italian learning management system provider, here). In this contest, following a consolidated scheme, let's havThese Companies Are Leading the Startup Revolution in the Education Sectore a look at some emerging companies which have attracted the interest and the money of venture capitalists trying to define the sector. Marketplaces Firstly, let's cite Udemy, a San Francisco, CA-based marketplace for learning and teaching online. Founded in 2010, it currently offers more than 16,000 courses on a wide range of topics. More than 8,000 experts worldwide can create and deliver consumer-grade online (and via iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices) learning experiences where more than 3 million students can learn on demand at their own pace. In 2013, the company launched Udemy for Organizations which allows corporations to manage, develop and grow their teams. It has raised a total of $48m including a $32m Series C financing in May 2014 (read here). In addition, Seattle, WA- and San Francisco, CA-based CreativeLive offers free online workshops in photography, video, web and graphic design, app development and a wide array of other creative topics. The company has raised $29.5m by backers such as Social+Capital Partnership, Greylock Partners and others. In Latin America, Floqq is building a marketplace for online and mobile video courses in order to allow people to learn whatever they wish from real-world experts in fields including languages, improve skills, change a profession, create a company, play a musical instrument, learn a new sport, cook a new meal. The company has raises approximately $1m in funding. Languages Among the platforms focused on language learning, Pittsburgh, PA-based Duolingo offers a free website and crowdsourced text-translation platform. The company has raised $38.3m to date. LinguaLeo provides a personal language learning service for adults and children which features themed lists of words with corresponding images, interactive word practice trainings: translation, flashcards, Leo-Sprint, and more, phrase builder training, over 20 grammar courses, over 100,000 original books, stories and articles in English, over 60,000 word translations in offline mode, a personal dictionary and automatic synchronization with the web service. Available on the web, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and as extension for browsers, the app is used by over 9m people worldwide. Finally, Florida-based Open English is an online English school focused on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. Founded in 2007 and backed by some venture capital firms, the online school offers personalized, live classes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with teachers who are all native English speakers. The company has offices in Miami, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Caracas and Buenos Aires. Italy Finally, a short focus on Italy where bootstrapped SuperSummit, founded by digital entrepreneur and public speaker Marco Montemagno, offers a platform for free live online events ranging from 60 minute interviews to specifically themed month-long conferences. It allows users to interact with free, live video interviews, access archives and learn from leading experts in their fields. In addition, recently created Tutored provides a solution for users to organize tutoring for any studying material, from elementary to specialized subjects, via individual and group sessions, both online and offline.