Type of site
|Privately Held Corporation|
|Key people||Cecilia Björk (CEO), Patrik Björk (CTO) |
|Industry||E-Learning, Online Education|
Langbird is operated by Langbird AB. The company is based in Västerås, Sweden, about 100 km north-west of Stockholm. The company was founded in 2012 and took its current direction in 2017 with the launch of its cloud-based language learning platform.
Langbird is a web-based freemium language learning app working on computers and mobile devices. Users can select between an ad-based free version and a premium subscription version. Langbird currently offers 4 different languages from two display languages (Swedish and English). Langbird’s learning content is developed in-house by a team of educators, linguists and programmers.
Langbird was developed to fulfill the need of learners wanting to develop the vocabulary needed to become fluent in their selected languages. The company platform is applying results from linguistic research such as e.g. “Lexical Threshold revisited” published in “Reading in a Foreign Language”.
The word Langbird is derived from the “Language of the birds” and is a pun on rapid language learning and the company’s Scandinavian background. In the ancient Norse Saga, the legendary hero Sigurd Fafnesbane begins to understand the language of the birds after tasting the blood of the dragon Fafnir he has just slain. The Sigurd Saga is depicted on several runestones made during the Viking Age. One of them, the Ramsund Carving, is in Eskilstuna Municipality, not far from the company’s offices.
Awards, nominations and backers
The innovation behind the company was nominated to the SKAPA Alfred Nobel Innovation Award in Westmannia in 2017, and to the 2018 “list of 33” (a list of the 33 hottest tech companies in Sweden). The company CTO has previously been awarded the same award for a different innovation in 2004, as well as other innovation and entrepreneurship awards. The company has received funding from the European Investment Fund, Region Västmanland and ALMI Business Partners
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