Learn languages online

What do we do?

With more than 45 million users globally, busuu is the world’s largest social network for language learning.  Through online and apps, busuu offers free and premium paid-­for access to audio-visual courses for 12 languages.

How do we conquer the world?

Uniquely, our platform encourages collaborative learning by offering users the 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.

Who is helping us?

We have two Business Angels, Hansi Hansmann and Martin Varsavsky who support our fast growing start-up. In October 2012 we have received a Series A investment from PROfounders Capital and private investors. Since then, we have grown our user base from 25 to over 45 million worldwide.

Why languages?

Anyone who has ever attempted to learn a foreign language knows how challenging and daunting it can be, especially when you are trying to apply your newly acquired skills in front of an entire classroom or in a foreign country. We wanted to change the way people learn languages, make it accessible and connect learners and native speakers around the world. With an added bit of gamification, we do not only give learners the chance to practice, but also help them to build confidence and stay motivated.

Facts & Figures

Founded: 2008

User:  45 million ( April 2014)

Employees: 40

Website: busuu.com

Jobs: busuu.com/jobs


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