Monkimun, Digital Language Learning Platform for Children Ages 2-6,Wins “Best Idea” Award for Second Year in a Row

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Monkimun, developer of Lingokids, the most comprehensive language learning platform for early childhood (ages 2-6) has won, for the second year in a row, the award for “Best Idea of the Year”, together with projects by Airbus and Microsoft, during the 38th Innovation Awards of Actualidad Económica, one of the most prestigious economic newspapers in Europe.

The award has arrived at a key moment for Monkimun, they just recently announced the hiring of two top international kids EdTech stars: former Creative Director and founding team member of Swedish Toca Boca, Jens Peter de Pedro, has joined as Director of Experience and former Editor-in-Chief & VP of Leapfrog as well as PBS kids board member, Suzanne Barchers, whom has joined as VP of Curriculum.

De Pedro and Barchers are teaming up with Monkimun as the company is enjoying a phase of substantial growth, and at a moment when the future of the industry is being shaped by substantial rounds of venture capital investment. The global market is booming, with companies closing billion-dollar rounds, multi-million dollar valuations and an unprecedented number of acquisitions. Last year, the sector had a 58% growth in funding, while the volume of operations grew 13%.

De Pedro, new Experience Director at Monkimun, notes, “What attracted me to Monkimun was the play-based learning approach. I have not seen any other company with an equally deep commitment to learning through self-direction. Monkimun’s approach of Edufying Games is unique. At Toca Boca, play was at the heart of everything and I believe I will be able to contribute greatly to Monkimun’s vision with my expertise in digital play.”

Designed as a platform based on interactive lessons, Lingokids offers an immersive and fun experience for preschoolers, while measuring and reporting their progress in the assimilation of the material for parents and adapting the difficulty level of each lesson in a dynamic way. It currently has users from all over the world, with a strong presence in Latin America and South East Asia (20% and 45% of users respectively). The platform is already serving over 2,000,000 language lessons each month, the equivalent to 1,000 preschools.

“Right now, language learning apps and online courses are limited to adults and children in primary and secondary school”, says Marieta Viedma, Monkimun’s co-founder and CPO. “Tablets and smartphones have opened a world of knowledge in early childhood, making possible methods like ours, in which kids learn by playing, the most natural and efficient learning method for us as human beings”.

Lingokids’ curriculum is backed by Oxford University Press, the prestigious british publishing house. “Rather than creating one-off apps that only teach a few words and phrases, the LingoKids platform knits together dozens of lessons in a variety of fun games and activities for kids to work through,” said Cristobal Viedma, CEO of Monkimun.

Monkimun is a leading company in preschool language learning, and has more than 5 million installations from users all over the world. Among their investors is Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s President and COO, as well as Carina Szpilka, VP of UNICEF and 500Startups. In 2016 they will launch new versions of Lingokids to learn Spanish and Chinese. Their apps are available in both the App Store and Google Play.

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