Shiv Rajendran, Director at Languagelab and a regular on my webcast review:ed shared some exciting news with me today. The London based startup behind the virtual town of English City on Second Life has closed a $1 million funding round.
In their approach of bringing English learning and teaching into the virtual world of Second Life Languagelab is one of the most innovative startups in education 2.0 .
Therefore it is great to see that investors saw the potential and backed the startup with some substantial funding that will be used to rapidly develop the virtual learning environment of English City.
In case you are not yet familiar with the concept of Languagelab, I embedded the interview I did with Shiv Rajendran and Jessica Driscoll in October 2010 as it gives you a some good overview of English City.
According to the press release, Languagelab already attracted more than 50.000 users from 70 countries and the company is now going to expand in growing markets like Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Languagelab have also signed several deals with channel partners since early 2011 with a total reach of more than 15.000 students.
I had always been sceptical about the actual sense of SecondLife until I learned more about Languagelab and what they have been building. Taking a look back at October 2009, I think the post is still valid and you might want to take a look at “Second Life – The Revelation“.
Needless to say that I am pretty excited for the team at LanguageLab and I hope to get them for an interview on what’s next on the agenda, soon.