Bengaluru, 28th October 2021- Language Curry, founded by Aneesha Jyoti (ISB, Hyderabad), Vatsala Sharma (CA) and Puneet Singh (SP Jain) – is a unique mobile app that is breaking cultural and language barriers to make India accessible to the world. They’re making Indian language learning effective through their culturally relevant colloquial approach that allows learners to “speak Indian”.
The Company today announced their seed round of $600K. The round saw participation from LetsVenture, IAN, Varsha Rao (CEO, Nurx and Former Head of Global Operations AirBnB), and Rebalance. Angels who participated in this round include Ajay Rajgharia, Nitin Zamre, Shashvat Nakhrani (Co-founder, BharatPe), Karan Tanna (Founder, Ghost Kitchens India), and Rohit Chanana amongst others.
Language Curry was part of Rebalance Accelerator’s Inaugural Cohort and previously raised its angel round in 2020 which saw participation from Rebalance Angel Community, Chandigarh Angel Network and Sukhbir Singh (bollywood singer).
The company has grown over 500% in the past 6 months to close in on 8,00,000 downloads to become the most loved app in the language learning space, often pegged next to global language learning apps. They currently offer 10 Indian Languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Kannada, and Gujarati.
The bridge round earlier in 2021 was funded by Language Curry users.
The company will use the proceedings of the current round towards team building, building new superior products and expansion to other geographies.
The 4.4 rated app offers learning through a freemium model, where live sessions are paid. Language Curry also introduced an industry-first voluntary gurudakshina payment option – which has seen voluntary offers as high as $500 by its learners after using the platform.
Commenting on the fundraise, Vatsala Sharma, Co-founder Language Curry said, “Right from early days, Language Curry has received love with organic inbounds and use cases coming in from all over the world. With this raise, we will further our vision of introducing a new benchmark in language learning that leverages both context and relevance to make it fun and effective! We are happy to have found partners in Varsha, Lets Venture, and IAN who firmly believe in our vision and potential.”
“As an Indian American, I have always wanted to stay connected to my Indian roots and customs. Language Curry through its engaging app experience is the best way I’ve seen to learn Indian languages as well as the local culture. I found out about Language Curry through my cousins and began using it and enjoyed it so much I evaluated it as an investment. And I’m not alone. Language Curry has already gained users across 170 countries around the world. I believe the team and the product have great potential in the huge space of Language learning” said Varsha Rao, CEO of Nurx and Former Head of Global Operations, AirBnB)
“I fundamentally believe that the next wave of innovative startups will focus on innovation aimed at Bharat. Language Curry’s mission to make India accessible to the world with an easy to use platform available across 170+ countries to learn Indian languages is already witnessing tremendous growth. As the Indian economy witnessed a resurgence, vernacular focused ed-tech platforms will see an uptick in demand as the Indian ed-tech ecosystem is poised to be one of the largest in the world. Language Curry has a fantastic team and track record focused on scale, growth, monetisation and I am delighted to join their captable. My best wishes to the team for the next phase in their journey” says Shanti Mohan, Co-Founder & CEO, LetsVenture.
Further adding, Ajay Rajgarhia, Lead Investor from IAN said, “Language Curry is a new-age learning platform that is making learning Indian languages easy and culturally relevant. With a focus on learning Hindi and regional languages in an easy and convenient manner, Language Curry has a first-mover advantage and have already built a strong name for themselves. We are delighted to support this venture with a great team of founders and strongly believe that they will create a significant impact in vernacular language learning.”
About Language Curry:
Aneesha, one of the co-founders spent a decade in Canada. She often heard her friends, colleagues, and neighbours chat about wanting to learn their native Indian language, connect with their roots but struggled with options that were boringly academic, expensive, time-consuming, or weren’t relevant to their needs. Upon digging, she found that the larger non-Indian community was also interested to learn Indian languages either for work, education, travel within India, or to simply communicate with their Indian friends/spouse. With India’s economy gaining ground as a global point of interest, this is a massive, underserved market.
When Aneesha moved back to India, she connected with Vatsala and Puneet over this common passion and founded Language Curry in 2019. They collectively bring more than 50 years of experience in senior positions across education, banking and learning and development.
About Indian Angel Network:
Indian Angel Network is India’s first and world’s largest business angel network with close to 500 members across the world, comprising the who’s who of successful entrepreneurs and dynamic CEOs. With investors from 12 countries, IAN’s presence spans 7 locations, which includes cities in India and the UK. The network is sector agnostic and has funded start-ups across 17 sectors in India and 7 other countries growing global footprint companies. With an excellent track record, IAN has been giving excellent cash exits year-on-year to its investor-members, for the last 11 years. Some of its marquee investee companies include Druva, Box8, Sapience Analytics, WOW Momos, Consure, Fareye amongst many others.
IAN has also launched the IAN Fund, an INR 375 crore fund, is a uniquely differentiated seed/early stage Fund which aims to transform India’s entrepreneurial landscape. The fund invests in innovative companies in sectors including healthcare and medical devices, VR, AI, software as a service, marketplaces, fin-tech, big data, artificial intelligence, agritech, and hardware. With this, IAN has created the single largest platform for seed and early-stage investing, enabling entrepreneurs to raise from Rs. 25 lakhs to Rs. 50 crores.