Web Accessibility Startup Evinced ‘Ready And Willing To Lead’ After Series B Raises $ 38M In New Money

A frequently recurring character in this column’s accessibility-centric storyline, the Palo Alto-based web accessibility startup Evinced on Thursday announced a successful round of venture capital funding. In a press release published today, the company announced the securement of 38 million in Series B funding.

The new round was led by VC firm Insight Partners, and included participation from other VC firms like Microsoft’s M12, BGV, Capital One Ventures, and Engineering Capital. Evinced has amassed $ 57 million in total funds to date.

Evinced is dedicated to the mission of making the web a more accessible place for everyone, regardless of ability. The company builds tools such as checkers to assist developers in ensuring their websites are as accessible as possible. Accessibility awareness in general has grown exponentially as the world continues to mire amidst the pandemic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean companies — technology or otherwise — always know what to do and how to do it. As the need for accessibility is evergreen, so too is the need for education. It’s important to continuously be teaching people what to look for by giving them tools like those from Evinced. In an interview with me last month, company founder and chief executive Navin Thadani expressed optimism about the industry’s progress, saying in part “the world is closer to making technology accessible than people may think.”

The new bag of money helps Thadani and team propel its mission even further.

“We started Evinced because we wanted to build accessible code for our projects but simply couldn’t find the tools to practically do it. [It] Wasn’t a total surprise, when we launched our first wave of tools last year, that the response has been overwhelmingly positive, ”Thadani said in a statement to me. That said, this new round of funding allows us to take everything to the next level. We have big plans in store — not just for mobile accessibility, but for making accessible development radically easier for our customers. As the pandemic has made everyone more reliant on technology, all this couldn’t come at a better time for consumers, too. There are approximately 2 billion people out there that need more access to technology. We’re ready and willing to lead on this, and that mission starts now. “

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