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busuu

The world’s largest language learning community.

What do we do?

With more than 100 million users globally, Busuu is the world’s largest community for language learning. Busuu combines language learning courses, designed by experts, with AI-powered features and a community where learners can interact with native speakers.

Learners can access Busuu via our website (www.busuu.com) or by downloading one of our mobile apps for iOS or Android. Through Busuu for Business, we also help large organisations, such as Puma, DHL, OECD, Inditex, and Uber, train their employees.

How do we conquer the world?

Busuu encourages collaborative learning by offering users the opportunity to learn languages 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 a student of a foreign language and tutor of their own ‘mother tongue’.

Busuu’s 12 language courses are carefully designed by an in-house team of experts and are complemented by real-world content from publishers like The New York Times, Economist and El País, and AI-powered vocabulary and grammar training.

Busuu was founded by Bernhard Niesner and Adrian Hilti in early 2008, with a vision to transform the way people learn languages. Headquartered in London, the company employs a 100-strong team Busuu has received several awards and accolades such as ‘Best Education Start-Up in Europe’ in the Europas Awards, ‘Bloomberg Business Innovator’. Our Co-Founder and CEO, Bernhard, recently won the UK Disruptor Category in EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018.

Who is helping us?

Busuu has raised more than €14 million from investors, including Hansi Hansmann, Harold Primat, McGraw-Hill Education, PROfounders Capital, and Martin Varsavsky.

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. Busuu has always aimed to change the way people learn languages, making it accessible and connect learners and native speakers around the world. Through the power of technology, we’re breaking down language barriers and connecting people through language.

Facts & Figures

Founded: 2008

User: 100 million (November 2019)

Employees: 100

Website: busuu.com

Jobs: busuu.com/jobs

Watch Bernhard Niesner’s and Oula Akiki’s WHATCHADO video:

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