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busuu leading the way


Here at busuu we’re all incredibly proud to have reached the short-list for the EdTech Innovator Award 2014. The award was set up by Edmix to reward the world’s hottest education tech start-ups and highlight innovation in the education sector.

The final six companies will all meet at the BETT education fair in London this Thursday and our CEO Bernhard Niesner will have the honour of telling the judges all about the excellent work we do here at busuu.

busuu was set up back in 2008 with the aim of revolutionising the way people learn languages all over the world. We think that learning is most effective when you’re part of a community, so we provide not only high quality teaching materials, but also opportunities to interact with our millions of users all over the world.

If you’re at the BETT education fair, we’ll see you down there on Thursday, 23 January 2014, as the judges make their final decision about which of the companies is the best EdTech Innovator, we hope they’ll agree with us that it’s busuu!

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!