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πŸ”  Language Learning; Africa EdTech 50; London + Paris

Advanced technologies such as AI and simulated learning may well be game-changers for the language learning and language testing markets. Explore 50 of Africa's most promising EdTech startups and join HolonIQ in London & Paris.

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Advanced technologies such as AI and simulated learning may well be game-changers for the language learning and language testing markets. From Duolingo's dominance in monthly downloads to last week's $35M fundraising for Praktika, an AI driven language learning app to help with job interviews, there's plenty of action in this market. Also this week, explore 50 of Africa's most promising EdTech startups and join HolonIQ the last two weeks in June for πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ London EdTech Week, and the Future of Higher Education Summit in πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Paris.

This Week's Topics

πŸ”  Language Learning. Exploring innovations in the language learning market
πŸ“Š Chart Spotlight. Duolingo tops language learning apps with 16M monthly downloads  
πŸ† Africa EdTech 50. The most promising EdTech startups in the region
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ London EdTech Week. Join HolonIQ for a run along the Thames!
πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Paris Summit. Deep dive into HE futures, new models & more
πŸ’° Education Deals of the Week. Funding and M&A

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πŸ”  Language Learning Landscape

K-12 language learning has evolved significantly from its classical roots, shifting from memorization and translation to the direct method, which emphasizes real-world communication skills, cultural understanding, and personalized learning, with technology such as immersive and simulated experiences, and artificial intelligence to reach even more learners, create more engaging learning experiences, and track and measure language learning outcomes. HolonIQ analyses the segments within evolving markets, including K12 Language Learning.

πŸ”  K12 Language Learning - Market Map

Source: HolonIQ

πŸ“Š Charts Spotlight - Duolingo Tops Language Learning Apps with 16M Monthly Downloads  

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Duolingo has consistently led in mobile application downloads surpassing competitors by recording over 16M downloads in September 2023. Mondly, Busuu, Babbel, and HelloTalk also maintained their user engagement, but have yet to consistently reach 1M monthly downloads regularly. Duolingo launched an AI chatbot service in partnership with OpenAI to offer more AI-integrated solutions. Expect more language learning platforms to integrate AI, VR, and AR technologies into their systems to stay competitive.

πŸ† Africa EdTech 50

Each year, HolonIQ identifies the 1000 most promising EdTech startups globally. Region by region, we build a picture of each market and how technology is used in education, from PreK to Lifelong Upskilling. This week, we are revisiting the 50 most promising EdTech startups in Africa.

Nigerian EdTech startup, uLesson, a part of the 2023 Africa EdTech 50, recently launched Classboard, a device allowing teachers to deliver lessons digitally within the classroom setting. Importantly, this initiative enables online-offline access to thousands of educational content lessons, quizzes and other materials, a critical feature in environments where internet access is not guaranteed.

πŸƒ London EdTech Week, 17-21 June

HolonIQ is in town for πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ London EdTech Week! Join us for a run, jog or walk along the Thames on Tuesday morning with your EdTech peers - sign up here πŸƒπŸƒ

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Higher Education Summit - Paris 27 June

On June 27, Paris will transform into a hub of educational innovation as we gather for HolonIQ's Future of Higher Education and Workforce Summit. Join 100 thought leaders as we delve into new credentials, hybrid learning models, the technology infrastructure of tomorrow's universities, engaging faculty in digital learning, higher education's role in the new skills economy, and much more! Join us at the NEOMA Business School campus and connect with experts from INSEAD, Forward College UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, University College Dublin, Skilled Education Audencia, University of Twente, IESE Business School, Instructure Digital Learning Institute, CY Cergy Paris UniversitΓ©, ETS, UCL, IE University, Unthinkable Digital and more. Join us!

Places are limited to 100. See the Agenda & Speakers, Register now.

πŸ“– 2024 Global Education Outlook

HolonIQ's annual analysis of the global education economy offers over 180 pages of in-depth insights on market data, investments, strategic shifts, and trends in education. Download the extract or purchase the full report.

πŸ’° Education Deals of the Week

HolonIQ actively monitors and tracks capital flow in the Education market, spanning all regions and transaction categories. Subscribe to our Daily Capital Markets newsletter to see the top deals daily.


πŸ€– CampusAI, an AI education platform, secured $9.9M in a pre-seed funding round to develop its online AI education platforms and expand globally.

πŸ‘« Visibly, a peer-to-peer skilling and supervision platform, secured $7.5M in a seed funding round to accelerate its operations.


🏫 Bain Capital, a private equity firm acquired cloud-based software for K-12 education, PowerSchool for $5.6B.

🌐 Stirling Partners, a private equity firm, acquired OPM provider, Keypath Education for $124.5M.

πŸ—£οΈ Kaplan Languages Group acquired Azurlingua, a French language learning school system.

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