Category Archives: Starting up a company

Our experiences of starting up the business of busuu.com

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busuu.com collaborates with NGO in Cameroon

As you probably know, busuu.com won last week an European Award for Innovation in Language Learning. The price is compensated with 1,500 EUR and we decided to donate this money to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC). We chose Cameroon for the destination, as our website has its name from the language “Busuu“, spoken in this country by only eight people.

Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child

The work done by CAPEC is really impressive – they have special programs to fight child labour and child marriage, they run a HIV/AIDS Sensitization Program and are in general involved in children education in the poorer rural areas of Cameroon. Our money will be used to construct a school for children in the Nkolfoulou neighbourhood located in the Centre Province of Cameroon.

If you want to collaborate as well by yourself, you can do it in several ways. You can easily donate money in order to e.g. sponsor a child for a full school year, or help them organizing a  summer program for orphans. If you want to get involved personally, you can also volunteer in their schools as a teacher which will be for sure an unforgettable personal experience. At the end, every donation or activity counts!

We from busuu.com firmly believe that education is the most efficient way out of poverty – so we are very glad that we could make our small contribution. We will update you on this blog about the further progress of this collaboration!

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busuu.com wins the European Language Label for innovative projects in language learning

European Language Label We are happy to announce that busuu.com has been awarded with the European Language Label! This prestigious award is co-ordinated by the European Commission and awared every year by the individual Member States of the European Union. busuu.com has received this prize here in Spain (please find here the official award notification in Spanish). 

The award recognizes “new initiatives in the field of teaching and learning languages, rewarding new techniques in language teaching, spreading the knowledge of their existence and thereby promoting good practice”.

We are very proud to receive this award as it definitely shows that our busuu-baby is going in the right direction. Having started not even 2 years ago with a simple idea and now being awarded with such an important prize, really compensates for all the effort the whole busuu.com team has placed in our project. Obviously, the award would have never been possible without the support of our great community which continuously helps us to improve this language learning platform by giving us their open feedback.

Bernhard & Adrian receiving the award

The prize is compensated with 1,500 EUR and we have decided to donate this money to a NGO in Cameroon. As you probably know, the name from our website, Busuu, comes from a nearly extinct language from Cameroon, spoken by only 8 people. We have donated the money to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC). This wonderful NGO is involved in various projects to offer education to underpriviledged children in the region. As we from busuu.com fully believe, that education is the most effective way out of poverty, we are very pleased to support their activities. In specific, the money will be used to construct a school for children in the Nkolfoulou neighbourhood located in the Centre Province of Cameroon. If you are also interested in supporting this cause or even sponsor a child for a full school year, you find more information about their programs here.

Once again, we are very happy to have received this award and are glad, that our online community not only helps thousands of users from all over the world to improve their language skills, but also makes a small contribution to the fight against poverty in Cameroon – a country, where our wonderful name comes from!

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busuu.com partners with leading travel guide tripwolf.com

tripwolf.com We are very glad to announce a new partnership with the worldwide leading travel guide tripwolf.com. tripwolf is a free social travel guide for individual travellers. The site combines professional editorial travel tips from well-known publishers like footprint or Marco Polo with traveller generated content. Thousands of users share their travel experiences and travel help with this worldwide community of travellers. Users can add personal blog posts, ratings and photos to about 500.000 different locations worldwide. tripwolf also provides the possibility to create and download your personalized travel guide and additionally offers a great iphone application for free.

Within this partnership, tripwolf.com has placed our language learning widget (you find a sample as well on the right hand side of this blog) on all their travel info pages. By that, users of tripwolf can improve their language skills as part of their preparation for their trip.

In exchange, we have placed the tripwolf travel widget on all our user profile pages. In that way, you will see localized travel information about the home country of that specific user. So when you add another friend or chat with someone, you can directly inform yourself about the home country of this person via tripwolf.

We feel that this partnership is very helpful as most of the people who learn new languages are normally interested as well in travelling. And people, who like to travel, normally also have the interest and need to learn new languages.

We hope you find the new travel information on busuu.com useful and would like to welcome all of the tripwolf users to our language learning community!

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busuu.com named as AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner!

It´s a pleasure to announce that busuu.com has been named as AlwaysON Global 250 Winner!

The AO Global 250 list is elaborated every year and represents the best of emerging innovators and disrupters from all the technology sectors.

In their own words: “With the 2009 AO 250, we sought to find the companies upon which new industries, jobs, and economies will be built… The AO 250 is the epicenter of the future.” This sounds really great to us! ;-)

busuu.com has been awared in the Digital Education category which is actually new this year. As they put it: “We need new and innovative approaches to education.” We from busuu.com cannot agree more on that! Thanks a lot for this award!

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busuu.com nominated for the European TechCrunch Awards – please vote for us!

It´s a pleasure to announce that busuu.com has been nominated twice for Europe´s most important Start-Up competition – the European Tech Crunch Awards!

We have been nominated in two different categories:

Now we need your support – so please give us your vote one time and another time! :-) Voting ends this Wednesday 1st of July so please hurry up!

Thanks in advance and we will keep you updated on this blog! Keep your fingers crossed!

UPDATE: We finally didn´t make it to the top but we had the chance to present our company on stage. Many thanks anyway to everybody who voted for us! :-)

Congrats to the great music streaming site Spotify for winning the Europas Grand Prix! You guys really deserve it and the busuu.com office is always swinging with your great tool! Well done!