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Startup List: Language Learning Europe

Get our latest Startup List: Language Learning Europe, featuring 80 Language Learning Startups across Europe.


Tech solutions to teach and learn a foreign languages or to facilitate communication have always made up an integral part within the education technology sector worldwide.

And undoubtedly, Europe finds itself in a unique position when it comes to learning foreign languages. The ambitious EU objective of mother tongue +2 should be mentioned here, which is the commitment to multilingualism within the European Union and that every EU citizen shall be able to speak at least two foreign languages beside their mother tongue.

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Key Findings

It comes as little a surprise that in terms of popularity we see the vertical of ESL (English as Second Language) lead the pack of language learning startups in Europe. Though already today seen as a de facto lingua franca within Europe, proficiency in English still betters one’s job prospects, eases communication and the liberty to move and work in another country.

Self-paced online language courses, online learning communities and language exchange, tutoring platforms and marketplaces also take top spots on the list.

  • ESL: 22
  • Online Course: 19
  • Community: 15
  • Marketplace: 8

After having lost some of its popularity after the 2007-2009 boom in edtech language solutions, it is noteworthy that out of the 80 language learning startups we tracked for this list 56 were founded in the past five years. Spain alone added nine startups between 2012 and 2014. Economic factors might have played an important role in this.

  • UK: 13
  • Germany: 12
  • Spain: 11
  • France: 10

With regards to interest from investors, the 80 language learning startups we tracked for this list have raised over $66 million in the past 15 years, with babbel ($32m), busuu ($11m), LinguaLeo ($3,7m) and ABA English ($3,4m) leading the list.

By purchasing the EDUKWEST Europe Startup List: Language Learning in Europe you will gain access to 80 edtech startups in the language education space from across Europe. Each entry is carefully researched and covers the following points (when information is publicly available):

  • Company Name, Website
  • Country, City
  • Founding Date, Founders
  • B2C, B2B, Vertical, Type, Age Group, Language
  • Tech
  • Investment, Investor, Accelerator
  • User / Download numbers
  • CrunchBase / AngelList Profile / LinkedIn Company Page
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What is a Startup List

EDUKWEST Europe Startup Lists exclusively contain startups, companies whose image is one of a digital company, and whose main business, if not exclusively, is generated through their online presence. We therefore exclude traditional businesses from our lists that have added online components to their portfolio as an additional revenue stream but remain focused on their real-life operations.

Startups in our definition are new companies with high future growth potential that are exploring a new area or niche in the education market, and are (often) in search of their business model. They don’t need to be venture funded but can be entirely bootstrapped, or have an “exit” strategy. Startups included in our lists are often, but not exclusively, rather young companies.

Purchasing this Startup List will help you to analyze the most promising markets and verticals for online language learning products worldwide and to evaluate the different market segments within online language learning.

The Startup List comes in Excel format, so you can sort it easily by market segment, investment and other variables or add your own data to it. You also get a glossary, explaining how we define the different verticals in the language learning market.

With this Startup List you will be able to see how startups approach the global language learning market, track down competitors and what they do. In many cases you also get data on how many users the listed language learning startups have today as well as how much venture capital the startups raised.

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Kirsten Winkler

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at EDUKWEST
Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST.

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