Category Archives: Starting up a company

Our experiences of starting up the business of busuu.com

busuu.com adds Portuguese online course and receives substantial funding!

Today we from busuu.com have two reasons to celebrate:

First, we are happy to announce that we have closed our first financing round with an Austrian business angel. The important six-figure investment will be used to further expand our language learning platform and grow our international user base.

This is an important step in the history of our Start-Up and we are very pleased to have found the right partner who shares our vision to revolutionize the way people learn languages!

Second, from now on you can learn Brazilian Portuguese on busuu.com! We offer an interactive language course in Brazilian Portuguese completely for free.

You can now get access to more than 150 learning units on 4 different levels and practice your language skills directly with Portuguese native speakers of our community!

In order to start with your free Brazilian Portuguese course, go to your settings page and add Portuguese to the languages you want to learn. Then you can immediately access your courses by clicking on your new Brazilian Portuguese tree in your language garden!

So today the whole busuu.com team is going to celebrate with some Caipirinhas! ;-) But stay tuned, more languages and exciting new features are going to be added soon!

busuu.com among the top 5 in the BBVA Open Talent Competition


We are very glad to announce that busuu.com has been ranked number 5 out of more than 400 projects within the Spanish BBVA Open Talent Competition. This prestigious competition rewards innovative internet start-ups.

We have received more than 6,000 votes and therefore we want to thank you all for your amazing support!

To see the results of the voting,  please have a look at the BBVA ranking page!

Among the last 20 finalists, 3 winners will be now selected by a jury! Please keep your fingers crossed, we will update you about the results on this blog!

busuu.com partners with leading European language learning publisher PONS

Today is a very important day in the history of busuu.com – we are pleased to announce a new partnership with PONS, one of Europe´s leading language learning publishers!

logo_busuu pons_logo

PONS, based in Stuttgart and belonging to Germany´s second largest publishing house Klett Group, develops for already more than 30 years language learning material and dictionaries. PONS offers more than 500 dictionaries and language material for various skill levels from beginners to professional users – and that in over 35 languages from Arabic to Turkish.

As a first step within this partnership, we will offer exhaustive PONS Grammar Guides fully integrated into our existing learning material. The PONS Grammar Guides provide you with detailed grammar explanations and are directly linked to our existing grammar units. From now on, by clicking on the new PONS button within the grammar units you will receive detailed explanations about this corresponding grammar topic.

Grammar Unit

Additionally, you can directly access the PONS Grammar Guides directly via the new PONS tab you will find in your language area.

catalogue PONS

The new PONS Grammar Guides are currently available for German and Spanish native speakers learning English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. In the near future we are planning to launch the guides as well for all other native speakers of our fast growing community.

The Grammar Guides are just the first step of this strategic partnership. we are planning to co-develop business courses and courses for advanced speakers together with PONS which will be launched in the near future.

We from busuu.com are very proud to partner up with such a renowned brand within the language learning industry. The expertise of PONS will further enhance the language learning experience of our users and we are looking forward to exciting new features and material to be offered very soon on our website!

PS: Take advantage now of our 10% off introductory discount by using the promotion code: JAN2010 when upgrading your account - only valid until end of January 2010!

busuu.com nominated for the BBVA Open Talent Competition

busuu.com has been selected to participate in the prestigious Spanish BBVA Open Talent Competition.

This competition is organized by BBVA, the second biggest bank in Spain and it rewards innovative internet start-ups. Therefore we need your support – please vote for us by clicking the “Vote” button below or following this link.

 

The voting ends on the 31st of January – we will keep you updated about the results. Many thanks in advance!

busuu.com collaborates with IE Business School

IE Business School

busuu.com is proud to announce a new partnership agreement with IE Business School based in Madrid.

From today, all new MBA students will receive a six-month premium membership with busuu.com sponsored by IE Business School.

This collaboration is a very important milestone for our young company! 
Since our launch in May 2008, busuu.com is now able to provide a high standard and awarded language learning system used not only by more than 200,000 individuals but now also by top ranked universities.

In the case of IE, busuu.com perfectly meets the specific needs of their MBA students. 90% come from outside of Spain and many are interested in learning Spanish during their 13-month MBA. busuu.com provides them with the 6-month premium membership prior to the start of the program. This means that the students already have the chance to improve their Spanish skills even when they are still in their home countries worldwide. By the time they arrive in Spain, they have already acquired the necessary skills and may even have made contacts with our Spanish users via our platform, providing a “soft landing” in their new base country.

IE Business School once again takes the lead as one of the most innovative business schools around the world. For many years, IE has been ranked among the top Business Schools worldwide. It is currently ranked as No. 1 Business School in the World according to the Wall Street Journal and No. 3 in Europe according to the Financial Times. Without doubt, this school belongs to the international educational elite. IE clearly understands the needs of its students and the advantages of our innovative learning system.

Although we know the excellence of IE very well – both of the founders of busuu.com are alumni of this school and the whole idea of busuu.com evolved during our MBA – we were impressed by the speed of implementation and their deep understanding and interest in new technologies.

As Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School, stated: “We are very glad to offer this highly innovative form of language learning to our MBA students. Apart from the excellent fit with the needs of our students, busuu.com is the perfect example of successful start-ups created in our school.”

We recently produced a video with IE to talk about our “life after our MBA”, which we would like to share with you:

So finally we would like to thank IE Business School for their belief in our learning system, we warmly welcome all new MBA students to busuu.com and we are looking forward to more collaboration partnerships of this kind.