Language Curry, a Gurugram-based language learning platform focusing on Indian languages, has raised 600,000 in a seed round led by LetsVenture, IAN, Varsha Rao (CEO, Nurx and former head of global operations AirBnB) and Rebalance.
Ajay Rajgharia, Nitin Jhamre, Shaswat Nakharani (co-founder, Bharatpe), Karan Tanna (founder, Ghost Kitchens India) and Rohit Chanana were also present on the occasion.
The company plans to use the current round of revenue to build teams, create new great products, and expand into other geographic areas.
Launched in 2019 by Anisha Jyoti, Vatsala Sharma and Puneet Singh, Language Curry offers features like gamified content, interactive lessons, vocabulary help and much more. The app currently offers 10 Indian languages including Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi and Telugu. Most of the downloads are from India, where urban migrants and other language enthusiasts aim to learn a different regional language for work relationships.
The startup is on a mission to make India accessible to the world through the language curry mobile app which makes learning foreign to Indian languages easy and culturally relevant. Language Curry is the only app that goes beyond translation or script-based pedagogy and immerses users in local culture through cultural tips and transliteration.
Commenting on the fundraising, Vatsala Sharma, co-founder of Language Curry, said,
“Since its inception, Language Curry has received a love of organic inbound and use cases from around the world. With this growth, we will continue our vision of introducing a new benchmark in language learning that takes advantage of both context and relevance. It’s fun and effective! We are delighted to have a partner in IAN who is a firm believer in our vision and potential. “
Language Curry has grown more than 500% in the last 6 months to close at 800,000 downloads and has become the most popular app in the field of language learning. The company has also introduced industry-first volunteer guru Dakshina Payment Options, and their learners have seen voluntary offers of up to $ 500 after using the platform.
Shanti Mohan, co-founder and CEO of Let’sVenture, said,
“I am fundamentally confident that the next wave of innovative startups will focus on innovation aimed at India. Demand for local language-focused ad-tech platforms will increase as the Indian ad-tech ecosystem prepares to become one of the largest in the world. Happy. My best wishes to the team for the next leg of their journey. “
The Language Curry platform uniquely equips its students to learn contextual, conversational language where users not only learn the ‘what’ or ‘how’ to speak Indian language but also receive small cultural capsules explaining the ‘why’ behind it.
Ajay Rajgadhiya, Chief Investor, IAN, further said, “Language Curry is a new age learning platform that makes learning Indian languages easy and culturally consistent. Focusing on learning Hindi and regional languages easily and conveniently, Language Curry is a first-mover advantage and It has already made a strong name for itself. We are pleased to support this initiative with a large team of founders and firmly believe that it will make a significant impact on local language learning. “
Language Curry raised $ 92,000 in August 2020 from the Rebellion Angel Community and the Angels Clutch.
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