Makeblock Co., Ltd, founded in 2013, is a leading STEAM education solution provider.
Targeting the STEAM education and entertainment markets for schools, educational institutions and families, Makeblock provides the most complete hardware, software, content solutions, and a top-notch robotics competitions, with the aim of achieving deep integration of technology and education.
Founder & CEO
Jasen Wang (Wang Jianjun), born in 1985, is the founder and CEO of Makeblock (Makeblock Co., Ltd). Wang is a robotics enthusiast, a product manager, and a hardcore maker, and was once ranked as one of the 30 top entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by Forbes China.
After earning his master degree in Aeronautical Design at the Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2010 and spending a year in the workforce, Wang started Makeblock with the aim to help people turn their ideas into real physical objects.
Global Business Introduction
In 2017, Makeblock generated an estimated revenue of $30 million USD. Its products are sold in 140+ countries. by 1,000+ channel partners. Makeblock’s number of users exceeds 4.5 million and continues to grow. Makeblock’s products are used in more than 20,000 schools around the world, as well as by families, for STEAM education.
In France, Makeblock products have been incorporated into school textbooks, and over 6,000 French primary and secondary schools are using Makeblock software and hardware for their STEAM courses.
Makeblock has subsidiaries in Europe, the United States, Japan and Hong Kong, and entered a strategic partnership with Japan’s C&S Softbank in 2017.
Awards & Mentions
Makeblock has won 5 internationally acclaimed industrial design awards–German Red Dot Product Design Award, American IDEA Gold Award, Korean K-Design Gold Award and Japanese Good Design Award, receiving recognition within the global technology industry for Makeblock’s outstanding innovation capabilities.
Makeblock In the Media
Makeblock is a source of inspiration for over 450,000,000 users all over the world, comprised of both aspiring young innovators and insatiably curious adults. Makeblock has been actively and regularly featured or cited by the international media including CNN (“lego for adults”), TechCrunch, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Digital Trends, The Verge, Engadget, CNET, Bloomberg, CCTV and many more, earning high recognition and good reputation.
Surpassed 4.5 million global users
Released Codey Rocky, a smart robot for coding and AI learning
Makeblock Neuron named as a CES Innovation Awards Honoree
Set up the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong and Japan subsidiaries
Partnered with SoftBank C&S, and officially entered the Japanese market
Launched MakeX robotics challenge for teenagers
Raised $30 million in a series B round of funding at a $200 million valuation led by Evolution Media China and Shenzhen Capital Group Co., Ltd.
Airblock and Makeblock Neuron won multiple internationally prestigious product awards including German Red Dot, American IDEA, Japanese Good Design, South Koreanw K-Design
Launched the programmable electronic building block platform Makeblock Neuron
Released the first gamified programming app, mblock
Launched the modular and programmable drone, Airblock
Held the national Robocom together with the Central Government of China
Co-organized and appeared on CCTV in the My World Maker Challenge TV show
Integrated Microsoft Cognitive Services with mblock
Products sold in over 140 countries and used by more than 20,000 schools
Opened the first brick and mortar experience store, officially entering the mass consumer market
Became the exclusive robotics building platform for the RoPorter competition at the TRANSFORMER event held by the Washington Post
Launched mBot Ranger, a 3-in-1 DIY robot kit
Products sold in over 80 countries
Partnered with over 1,000 educational institutions
Launched mBot, a programmable DIY robot kit, and mDrawbot, a drawing robot kit
Raised $6 million in a series A round of funding from Sequoia Capital
Became a Radioshack supplier and received a 15 million RMB value order
Launched mblock, a visual programming software based on Scratch 2.0 with hardware-support; officially entered the educational market
Raised 3 million RMB in an angel round of funding from Cloud Angel Funds
Incorporated as Makeblock Co., Ltd
Became the first Chinese hardware project that ever launched a successful crowdfunding project on Kickstarter
Launched Makeblock, a DIY robotics construction platform, receiving widespread international media coverage
Graduated from the first program of the famous hardware accelerator HAX as the only Chinese hardware project
Raised $23,000 in a seed round of funding from HAX
Founded the Makeblock brand