Firefly was founded by two GCSE students, co-founders Joe Mathewson and Simon Hay, who developed the first version to help their teachers and fellow students have access to school information online and out of the classroom.
Soon after, Firefly was being used in several schools and in 2009 Joe and Simon established the venture as a full-time business. Since then, Firefly has grown rapidly, with teams based in London, Brighton, Singapore and Sydney.
In 2016, Firefly secured the largest Series A funding for an edtech company in the UK, at £4.5 million. In early 2019, Firefly gained Series B funding at £5.5 million to further supercharge the school experience.