busuu.com, free online community for learning languages, has 2 reasons to celebrate – first, won the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’ of TechCrunch Europas Award in London and second, it becomes officially the “Best Education Start-Up in Europe“. The winners of The Europas were announced on the 17th of November 2011.
In addition, they’ve reached 5 million users online and 5 million users with their mobile apps – so they’ve reached more than 10 million users worldwide.
Some Key facts about busuu.com:
1. It took only 13 months to reach 5 million users on the mobile phone compared to 3.5 years for 5 million users online – that clearly shows the tremendous need for mobile learning solutions.
3. Most of the traffic now comes from Brazil (20% – going currently through the roof) and other “emerging markets” being also important for us (Russia 9%, Colombia 7%, Ukraine 4% etc.) – clear indication that people in that countries don’t see language skills as a hobby but rather in order to improve their personal financial situation by being better prepared for the job market.
4. Will soon launch in Arabic, then followed by Japanese and Mandarin– this will then give access also to those native languages mainly wanting to learn English.
This was the 3rd year that The Europas took place. The advisory board, formed by 22 key European VCs and journalists, selected the finalists from 400 candidates which then went to the public vote and generated about 40,000 online votes. Almost 500 people attended the award ceremony in London to celebrate the best of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs.