Edtech company lands funding for platform which teaches English from almost 50 different languages

A Birmingham based technology company has secured investment to help scale up its platform which teaches English from almost 50 different languages.

Learning Labs has developed FlashAcademy, which is used by schools and colleges across the UK to support teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL). The £250,000 MEIF funding will be used to create jobs and expand its digital marketing department.

The FlashAcademy app offers an independent learning experience on any device, smartphone, tablet or PC that can be used in a classroom setting or for remote learning.

The app uses a mix of digital lessons, gamification and the world’s first object translator where the user can take a photo of any object to be instantly translated. The software is currently being used in almost 1,000 schools across the UK and is supporting more than 250,000 individual learners.

Veejay Lingiah, Learning Labs CEO, said: “At Learning Labs we believe that every child and young person across the UK deserves to be getting the best from their education experience. Our product supports teachers in unlocking the potential of non-native-speaking students without the need for time and budget resources that many schools and colleges do not have. With this MEIF loan, FSE has provided the right funding at the right time to support this next phase of our growth as we continue to develop our offering, expand into the FE market, and further scale the business.”

Harriet Saunders, portfolio manager at The FSE Group, said: “Learning Labs  has been on a high-growth trajectory since creating its EAL offering in 2018. Having already attracted significant equity investment, its management was keen not to dilute ownership with further equity at this stage. We are delighted to provide this market-leading business with the growth funding needed to support it through this next phase of growth and look forward to working with this innovative team.”

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