Edtech startup Lingokids lands $10M in Series B funding to grow its early learning skills platform and alleviate COVID-19’s impact on education
Lingokids, a Miami, Florida-based EdTech startup and the creator of playlearning™ app for children between 2 and 8 years old, today announced it has raised $10 million in Series B funding to broaden its global product offering, with the companies’ goal to work to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on education. The round was led by Ravensburger Group, an international toy company and games publisher and specialist in educational kids games, as part of its digital investment strategy.
Founded in 2011 by Cristobal Viedma and Marieta Viedma, Lingokids is used by more than 10 million families around the world. The app teaches kids ages 2-8 important skills in English to help them discover their natural superpowers, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. To date, Lingokids has developed more than 600 games and activities kids and parents can play together. Lingokids’ mission is to have a positive impact on 100 million families and we’re working hard to make it a reality.
With the help of this investment, Lingokids will develop more innovative content and a more comprehensive curriculum, including 21st-century skills. The new multidisciplinary activities will address STEM skills from creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, literacy, and life skills (such as global awareness and responsibility). Lingokids will continue penetrating the U.S. market and will reinforce its presence in other key markets like Mexico and Brazil. The app has tripled its growth since the beginning of the year.
The investment comes with a strategic partnership that will allow Lingokids to tap into Ravensburger’s expertise in educational games publishing and a reputation centered around playful learning. The two companies plan to jointly develop new games and learning experiences for children around the proprietary IP developed by Lingokids to make learning even more effective.
“What’s most exciting here is the fact that both companies share the same goal – prioritizing education in a way that is accessible for children so they can spend more time dedicated to quality playful learning,” says Cristóbal Viedma, CEO, and co-founder of Lingokids. “Technology plays a role for kids that has really changed for the better over the years. It is our goal to continue leveraging its benefits to paint a brighter ‘tomorrow’ for our children. This partnership with Ravensburger provides us an opportunity to accomplish and develop more innovative content for them, as well as develop the concept of 360° learning experience at home.”
To date, Lingokids’ community boasts over 20 million families in 190 countries and, with this funding, will also introduce new subscription levels to make the app more accessible for families worldwide. With the participation of existing investors HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, JME Ventures, All Iron Ventures, 500 Startups, Athos Capital and Sharpetown, Lingokids will continue to allow for a fun and personalized learning experience, with an emphasis placed on parental involvement, which is key to learning outcomes.