Busuu saw 50,000 new users sign up daily for language lessons during lockdown, as people looked for ways to keep busy and learn new skills while stuck at home. Led by co-founder Bernhard Niesner, 41, who speaks four languages, it launched in 2008 and has grown to more than 100 million users in 190 countries. The platform uses AI and machine learning to tailor lessons to a user’s skill level. Sales grew to £16.6m last year. It acquired live tutoring platform Verbling in January this year, and in May secured an undisclosed investment from tech investor GP Bullhound, which joined existing investors McGraw-Hill Education and Brent Hoberman, the co-founder of Lastminute.com.
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