Launchpad 2017

FEBRUARY 20, 2021
3 – 4pm EST
Online (Registration will be available soon)

Now in its fourth year, the LaunchPad event offers a unique platform for first-time entrepreneurs who have created a technology product intended to fill a need in world language education. 

Five startup companies will present their technology innovation to a lively online audience from the world language education community. A panel of experienced professionals and event attendees will provide feedback and vote on a winner based on the pedagogical merits of the product. The winner receives formal recognition in the form of an honorary plaque. A People’s Choice award is determined by the audience and also receives an honorary plaque.

2021 Finalists

e Kidz Logo
Fabulingua Logo
Immerse Me Logo
Syngli Logo


CEO: Nataliya Tetruyeva

Primary Audience: Middle/Jr. High, Elementary

eKidz democratizes language development both by providing easy access to our platform through mobile devices, but also by tailoring the experience to the specific needs of children with different cultural and social backgrounds.


Co-Founder: Leslie Begert

Primary Audience: Elementary

FabuLingua helps kids learn languages through interactive children’s stories from writers and illustrators all over the world. Our unique method of maximizing comprehensible input through magical stories enables the subconscious development of listening, comprehension and reading skills while the child is engaged and stress-free. FabuLingua’s mobile, subscription-based service is currently being offered for free to help families and teachers manage extended home time during the COVID-19 crisis.


Co-Founder & CEO: Scott Cardwell

Primary Audience: Government/Adult Ed., Undergrad, High School, Middle/Jr. High

ImmerseMe is about virtually stepping into a beautiful and authentic location to learn a language, so that when you travel to these wonderful places in real-life, you’ll be prepared! Choose from over 3,000 interactive scenarios across 9 languages: German, Spanish, French, English, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Greek and Indonesian.

My Buddy

Co-Founder & COO: Dmitry Stavisky

Primary Audience: Elementary, Pre-schoolers – kids 4-10

We are building a voice-based AI tutor of English as a foreign language for kids. Our mobile app helps children practice their spoken English by conversing with a virtual AI-powered cartoon character — Buddy the robot. With its engaging virtual character, speech technology, and adaptive learning, Buddy is making speaking practice affordable for 500 million children around the globe by automating the mundane 80% of tutoring work at 2% of the cost. This enables teachers and parents to give kids unlimited speaking practice, essential for mastering English. The company is based in San Francisco, backed by venture capital, and has a global audience of over 20 thousand paying students.


President: Simon Overduin

Primary Audience: Undergrad, High School, Middle/Jr. High, Elementary

Syngli’s core product is an intelligent tutoring system. It is offered as a web and mobile app (with Android released and iOS in development), and is currently freely available for public testing. This is accomplished through interaction of novel algorithms based on principles of learning from neuroscience, linguistics, NLP and AI; a knowledge database structured so that the order and format of content items adapt over time; and an online user community collaboratively generating and refining the stored knowledge.

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