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Offices

London, GBR
3rd floor, Linen Court
10 East Road
London, N1 6AD, GBR

People

Co-Founder
Co-Founder & CEO
CTO
Partner & Advisor

Funding

TOTAL $4.7M
FUNDING TOTAL $4.7M
Angel, 3/2010
Hansi Hansmann
Angel, 4/2011
Martin Varsavsky
Series A, 10/2012
PROfounders Capital
Brent Hoberman
$4.7M

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Busuu

With more than 40 million users globally, busuu is the world’s largest social network for language learning. Through online and apps, the business offers free and premium paid-for access to audio-visual courses for 12 languages, which are used by up to 40,000 users daily.

Uniquely, the platform encourages collaborative learning by offering users the unique opportunity to learn the language and practice their listening, writing, reading and speaking with assistance from a rapidly growing community of native speakers. In this way, every busuu user is both student of a foreign language and tutor of their own ‘mother tongue’.

busuu was founded by Bernhard Niesner and Adrian Hilti in early 2008, with a vision to transform the way people learn languages. Based in the heart of London’s Tech City, busuu offers an integrated, cross-channel platform which is constantly evolving to meet the demands of an increasingly mobile world population. Winner of ‘Best Education Start‐up’ at The Europas TechCrunch Awards in 2011 and CeBIT Innovation Award in 2010, busuu is going from strength to strength, and has recently partnered with education giant Pearson to allow its users to qualify with a recognised gSET certificate in English.

The company is named after the busuu language of Cameroon. According to an ethnological study from the 1980s, Busuu is spoken by only 8 people.

Recent Milestones

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    Busuu — the world’s largest social network for language learning at 40 million users — has signed a distribution partnership with Pearson English, a newly formed business unit of the world’s largest education company, Pearson PLC (4/9/14)
    Posted 4/11/14 at 8:41am via techcrunch.com
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    Busuu — busuu's mobile app reaches 20 million downloads (9/18/13)
    Posted 10/8/13 at 3:45am via busuu.com
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    Busuu added Ciaran Rooney as CTO. (8/1/13)
    Posted 1/14/14 at 8:50am
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    Busuu — busuu.com reaches 30m users and launched iPad app for kids to learn Spanish (4/5/13)
    Posted 4/6/13 at 5:09am via techcrunch.com
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    Busuu — busuu is the winner of the 7VPD 1st prize and 4 Million Euros in TV Media in Germany (11/1/12)
    Posted 11/22/12 at 6:48am
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    Busuu received $4.7M in Series A funding. (10/20/12)
    Posted 2/24/10 at 7:24pm via techcrunch.com
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    Busuu — Learn Chinese for free on busuu.com (2/15/12)
    Posted 3/6/12 at 3:50am via busuu.com
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    Busuu — Learn Japanese for free on busuu.com (1/23/12)
    Posted 3/6/12 at 3:50am via busuu.com
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    Busuu — Learn Arabic for free on busuu.com (12/13/11)
    Posted 1/4/12 at 6:19am via busuu.com
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    Busuu — busuu.com wins the Education category of The Europas! (11/21/11)
    Posted 12/1/11 at 1:00am via busuu.com
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    Busuu — busuu.com reaches 10 million users (11/21/11)
    Posted 12/1/11 at 1:00am via busuu.com
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    Busuu — New on busuu.com: Business Spanish Course (10/12/11)
    Posted 10/14/11 at 12:25am via busuu.com
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    Busuu — Busuu.com, una red social española para aprender idiomas (9/26/11)
    Posted 10/6/11 at 12:20am via cincodias.com
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    Busuu — New Grammar Guides on busuu.com (9/22/11)
    Posted 10/5/11 at 5:50am via busuu.com
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    Busuu — busuu.com launches Business English Course! (9/1/11)
    Posted 10/5/11 at 5:51am via busuu.com
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    Busuu — busuu.com launches Android apps for nine languages (8/1/11)
    Posted 8/11/11 at 12:03am via busuu.com

Videos

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Screenshots

Busuu screenshot
Above: User Home Page
Uploaded: 12/18/12
Busuu screenshot
Above: iPhone App
Uploaded: 12/18/12
Busuu screenshot
Above: Android App
Uploaded: 12/18/12

Products

Free online language courses

Websitebusuu.com
StageLive
Launch DateMay 1, 2008

Premium online language courses

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Busuu

Sources

  1. elconfidencial.com [edit]
  2. Busuu raises Angel round from FON-founder Martin Varsavsky (eu.techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. Language Learning Platform Busuu Raises €3.5M Series A Round (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. We are online! (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com rescues the Silbo Gomero (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com is officially accepted as project for the UNESCO´s International Year of Languages! (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    The busuu-baby has grown up! (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com Co-Founder selected as Entrepreneur of the Year (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com in Top 3 of best website of the year award! (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Happy birthday busuuuu! (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com wins Lion in Cannes (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    We are 2,000,000 (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Language learning community Busuu partners with The Guardian and Macmillan Education (eu.techcrunch.com) [edit]
    busuu.com wins Innovators’ Pitch at CeBIT (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com named Red Herring Top 100 European Innovator (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Learn Russian on busuu.com (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com launches 7 interactive iPhone apps to learn languages on the go (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com reachers 1m users (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com partners with Collins (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Record your voice and get a correction by a native speaker (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Learn Turkish and Polish on busuu.com (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Test winner of Stiftung Warentest (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com has reached more than 3m users (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com launches Android apps for nine languages (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    New Grammar Guides on busuu.com (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com launches Business English Course! (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Busuu, una red social española para aprender idiomas (cincodias.com) [edit]
    Improve your CV with our new Business Spanish Course! (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com wins the Education category of The Europas! (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com reaches 10 million users (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Learn Arabic on busuu.com (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Learn Japanese on busuu.com (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    Learn Chinese on busuu.com (blog.busuu.com) [edit]
    busuu.com wins €4mil German media budget [edit]
    Language Learning Startup Busuu Hits 30M Users And Launches New Kids iPad App (techcrunch.com) [edit]
    busuu's mobile app reaches 20 million downloads (busuu.com) [edit]
    Language Learning Giant Busuu Signs Pearson Deal To Disrupt TOEFL Market (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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