AccessiBe, an Israeli startup that offers a platform for making websites accessible to people with disabilities, raised $30 million in an extension of its Series A round led by private equity firm K1 Investment Management LLC. The funding round has now brought in a total of $58 million in investment.
Yes, it is true! There are issues with website access for the disabled. There are many ways in which someone with a disability may have trouble accessing the internet and websites need to be updated with the tech that eases access for such people.
Founded in 2018 by Dekel Skoop, Gal Vizel and Shir Ekerling, AccessiBe offers web accessibility solutions and technologies that help businesses comply with ADA and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.1 AA requirements.These things deal with ensuring that a website is more accessible to people with disabilities.
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As a web accessibility hub, accessiBe provides different AI-Powered solutions for testing and remediating web accessibility, as well as various professional services aimed to create an inclusive web and help businesses comply with web accessibility standards and regulations i.e. WCAG and ADA. AccessiBe’s full suite of web accessibility solutions enable businesses of all sizes, from solopreneurs to large corporations, to take part in global inclusion efforts and to make their websites available to everybody, regardless of ability.
AccessiBe CEO Shir Ekerling said, “The internet is one of humankind’s greatest inventions. It simplifies our lives dramatically and provides us with instant access to knowledge, opportunities, social connections, products, goods, and services. To most of us, it’s almost unthinkable to be closed off from the internet and lose access to its many benefits. Just the thought of living in today’s world without our smartphones, laptop, and internet access is unbearable. Let alone actually living like so. For many people with disabilities, unfortunately, this is the reality.”
Ekerling went on to explain that website creation tools and advancing programming languages have helped popularize the internet by enabling the smallest business owners to “build websites themselves that often don’t fall from tech giants’.”
“It’s so simple to build websites,” he said. “Hundreds of millions of them have not been created by coders but by business owners almost automatically, with pre-built templates, plugins, and drag-and-drop editors.”
And Ekerling says that this has left a gap since self-made websites do not offer the latest tech that people with disabilities need in order to access the websites. This is where AccessiBe comes into the picture.