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Startup List: ESL – Global

[Updated: 12/2015]

Tech solutions for learning English are booming in China, with growth of 23.6 percent in the past five years, and the Middle East, with an estimated market size of $215.7 million by 2018.

Our Startup List: ESL Global gives you access to over 70 edtech startups in the English as Second Language space across the globe. Each entry is carefully researched and covers the following points (when information is publicly available):

  • Company Name, Website
  • Country, City
  • Founding Date, Founders
  • B2C, B2B, Vertical, Type, Age Group, Language
  • Tech
  • Investment, Investor, Accelerator
  • User / Download numbers
  • CrunchBase / AngelList Profile / LinkedIn Company Page

Key Findings

The 70+ ESL startups we tracked for this list have raised over $577 million in the past 15 years, with TutorGroup ($315m), OpenEnglish ($120m), 51Talk ($65m), Voxy ($18m) and EnglishCentral ($14m) leading the list.

In terms of popularity within ESL we see the verticals of live tutoring, online schools and self paced online courses taking the top spots.

17 ESL startups on this list are located in the USA, 24 in Europe (including Russia and Israel) and 18 in Asia.


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Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.