Language learning app Lingumi raises £4 million

April 6, 2020

Lingumi will use the investment to develop its core technology and expand globally

Language learning app

The Series A funding round was led by China-based North Summit Capital, with support from existing investors LocalGlobe, ADV, and Entrepreneur First.

Lingumi uses AI within its language learning app to offer personalised learning experiences for young children.  Combining social and asynchronous learning, Lingumi delivers lessons through videos, interactive activities and games.

Toby Mather, CEO and Co-founder of the company developed the language learning app as part of a research project whilst attending the University of Oxford.

The coronavirus pandemic has attracted a lot of new customers to the platform in both China and Europe.  In fact, Lingumi expanded its user base in mainland China by 50% during this period.

Lingumi recently launched free daily activity packs to help parents at home and made a pledge to donate 20% of sales to support the Global Children’s fund.  The app is being used by over 100,000 families in China, Taiwan, UK, Germany, Italy and France.

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“ It is only the most privileged children who can access native English speakers for one-on-one tutoring. Yet we believe all kids deserve equal access to quality education, and English learning is no exception… Lingumi has the potential to democratise English learning and offer every kid a personalised curriculum empowered by AI and Lingumi’s asynchronous teaching model. ” Dr. Wanli Min, General Partner, North Summit Capital

The app was recently recommended by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of its Hungry Little Minds campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to provide parents with ideas and activities to help children learn and develop.  The activities are sub-divided into different age groups and provide links to videos and apps.

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