Spanish startup LingoKids raises $40M to scale its early learning platform

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Lingokids App Now Reaches 30 Million Families Worldwide with its Unique PlaylearningTM Approach and plans to triple that figure in the next 12-18 months. Company to recruit an additional 60 employees including in the UK and Europe.

Lingokids, a leading early learning platform, today announced $40M USD in Series C funding. The Series C was led by an undisclosed investor, with participation from London-based VC GP Bullhound and existing investors HV Capital and game and toy company Ravensburger, among others. The funding will be used for further international expansion, the development of new and engaging forms of content for kids, as well as global hiring, especially for the platform engineering and development teams. Lingokids has raised $65 million to date, reaching EBITDA positive in 2020. 

Launched in 2016, Lingokids is the playlearning™ app for children between 2 and 8 years old, helping more than 30 million families to expand their children’s vocabulary, improve their literacy and STEM skills, and develop important social and emotional skills in a fun, 100% safe, ad-free environment.

Lingokids is dedicated to supporting parents in their child’s learning journey, giving them a parents portal featuring each child’s progress with weekly reports, curriculum overviews, activity timeline, as well as advice and tips for parents’ everyday lives through its Parents Community. 

This is the next important step in our mission of helping parents and caretakers raise amazing kids and break down educational barriers to create equal opportunities for children across the world.

Quality, education options that parents can trust are more important than ever, and with these new funds and support from our strategic investors, Lingokids will be able to reach millions of more families to help young children learn through the most impactful type of education there is at this age: play. 

said Cristóbal Viedma, CEO and founder of Lingokids.
Cristóbal Viedma, CEO and founder of Lingokids.
Cristóbal Viedma, CEO and founder of Lingokids.

During the pandemic, online learning soared across all ages, and 68% of parents said they now rely on early learning apps to supplement their children’s education. As a trusted resource for educational and interactive content, Lingokids tripled its number of users since the beginning of the pandemic reaching 30 million families and is poised to transform the early education market. 

With this new funding, Lingokids will rapidly increase its international growth, starting with a strong focus on the UK and the US. In addition, it will continue its commitment to the creation of quality educational content, focusing on the development of activities related to STEM and the learning of skills that many kids missed out on during the 2020/2021 school year, like emotional intelligence, empathy and critical thinking. Lingokids will also develop new audio content in audiobooks and audio exercises, focusing on mental health, mindfulness and meditation.

Safe, digital options for early childhood education is a critical topic for parents worldwide. You can find many regional players in this space. Still, only Lingokids has established a fast-growing and truly global business model with highly engaging proprietary and safe, ad-free content.

Over the last four years, HV has invested in every round Lingokids has raised. I could not be more excited to continue the journey with Lingokids to help millions more families benefit and scale a global edutainment platform.

said Jasper Masemann, Partner at HV Capital.

With its previous investment last year, Lingokids also joined forces with the internationally known toy and puzzles company, Ravensburger. Lingokids and Ravensburger will develop merchandising and new games and toys offline to complement Lingokids’ online activities. 

The pandemic has accelerated the digitalization of education and we are seeing a huge momentum in the edtech sector. With this new investment we are proud to support Cristóbal Viedma and the great team at Lingokids on their mission to break down educational barriers and create equal opportunities for children across the globe.

Per Roman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at GP Bullhound.
lingokids team

Lingokids also plans to hire an additional 60 people around the world this year, adding to its team of 100+. The latest additions to Lingokids include Vladimir Klimov as Director of Content Strategy, with experience strategically scaling international companies such as Deezer; and Tiago Pregueiro, former Product Director at Cabify, as VP of Product.