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busuu has won many awards worldwide. Have a look to see what we've achieved so far. For more information, check out our Efficacy Study and learn how busuu could improve your language skills in just 22 hours.

Shortlisted for The Europas 2016

busuu has been a regular at The Europas for many years. We won in 2011 and have made it to the finals in 2009 and 2012. This year, we have been shortlisted in the category “Best Education Startup”.

busuu named one of Bloomberg Business Innovators 2016

The UK is at an exciting intersection, where new business ideas meet new technological possibilities. Bloomberg Business Innovators 2016 assembles the people changing how the UK lives, works and thinks.

Google Play “Best Apps of 2015”

busuu’s Android app has been selected by Google as one of the “Best Apps of 2015”. This is a major achievement given that there are more than 1.5 million apps on the Google Play store and only 50 of them have been selected.

EdTech Europe Award 2014

edtechx busuu came top of the EdTech 20 ranking of Europe’s premier e-Learning focused conference platform, EdTech Europe. EdTech 20 includes e-Learning companies who have illustrated the most significant innovation and growth over the last year and whose businesses are primarily based within Europe. Rankings are determined by a global panel of industry-leading judges including representatives from TSL, Pearson and Emerge Education.

BETT EdTech Innovator Award 2014

busuu won the EdTech Innovator Award 2014, an award set up by Edmix to reward the world’s hottest education tech start-ups and highlight innovation in the education sector.

The Europas finalist 2012

busuu reached the finals of The Europas – the European Tech Startup Awards again! Last year we won the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’.

The Europas winner 2011

europa busuu won The Europas awards in the category ‘Best Education, Recruitment, Media Startup’. This was the third year that The Europas took place, in 2010 we received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the category ‘Best Learning Startup’. The advisory board, formed by 22 key European VCs and journalists, selected the finalists from 400 candidates which then went to the public vote and generated about 40,000 online votes. Almost 500 people attended the award ceremony in London to celebrate the best of Europe’s startups, VCs and entrepreneurs.

Red Herring Top 100 European Innovator - Winner 2010

Established in 1996, Red Herring 100 lists are regarded as an invaluable instrument to discover and advocate the most promising private ventures from around the world. All lists consider both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management and execution of strategy. busuu was selected out of several hundred participants across Europe.

“Must Have App”

Bloomberg Business Innovators 2016

“Quicker, Smarter, Better“

Innovators’ Pitch at CeBIT - Winner 2010

The Innovators’ Pitch is organised every year by BITKOM, Germany´s Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. This very prestigious prize rewards young and innovative companies – busuu was selected among more than 80 applications as the winner in the Business to Consumer category!

The Europas awards 2010

busuu has been nominated twice for the highly prestigious TechCrunch Europe ‘The Europas Awards‘! TechCrunch is Europe´s most important and respected tech blog. We have been nominated in two categories: Best European Web Application 2010 and Best Learning Startup 2010. We have received a “highly commended” within the Best Learning Start-Up category!

European Language Label - Winner 2010

This prestigious award is co-ordinated by the European Commission and awarded every year by the individual Member States of the European Union. The award recognises “new initiatives in the field of teaching and learning languages, rewarding new techniques in language teaching, spreading the knowledge of their existence and thereby promoting good practice”.

European TechCrunch Awards 2009

We have been nominated for Europe´s most important Start-Up competition – the European Tech Crunch Awards - in two different categories: Best Bootstrapped Start-Up and Best Web Application. We didn’t make it to the top but we had the chance to present our company on stage.

AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner 2009

global250 The AO Global 250 list is elaborated every year and represents the best of emerging innovators and disruptors from all the technology sectors. In their own words: “With the 2009 AO 250, we sought to find the companies upon which new industries, jobs, and economies will be built… The AO 250 is the epicenter of the future.” busuu has been awarded in the Digital Education category which is actually new this year. As they put it: “We need new and innovative approaches to education.”

Top 3 of “Premios de Internet” award 2009

premios busuu has been nominated as Top 3 candidate for the Spanish Award “Premios de Internet” to become the best website of the year! This award is organized by the Spanish Association of Internet users since 1997 and it recognizes websites which have significantly contributed to the development and good use of internet. More than 560 websites applied from all over the world and we are very proud that busuu made it to the TOP 3!

Silver Lion in Cannes 2009

busuu wins a Silver Lion in the International Advertising Festival Silver Lions Cannes 2009 in Cannes for our Silbo Gomero campaign. In October 2008 the Madrid agency La Despensa launched a campaign for busuu to improve the awareness of our website. The outcome was the amazing campaign to “Rescue the Silbo Gomero” for which we won now the most important price in the advertising industry.

WU Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year 2008

wu Bernhard Niesner, one of the Co-Founders of busuu, has been selected as “WU Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year 2008”! The award is organized by the University of Economics & Business of Vienna, Austria, the EU’s largest educational institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences, with about 20,000 students. Bernhard did his undergraduate degree in Business at this university and could therefore present his company busuu in this competition.


codieaward In 2017, busuu has been recognised as the best instructional solution for English as a Second Language (ESL), English Language Learners (ELL) and World Language Acquisition Solution by SIIA CODiE AWARDS. SIIA is the Software and Information Industry Association - the industry’s sole peer-reviewed awards program. Educators and administrators serve as judges for the first round review of all nominees.The finalists of the competition usually represent applications, products and services from educational software developers.

“Best of 2014” App Store

At the end of every year, Apple releases a list of the best apps and content available on the iTunes Store. In 2014, busuu has been featured as the Best of 2014 in Switzerland.

The Europas 2017

In 2017, busuu has been nominated for the Europas, the premier awards for technology startups in Europe. It celebrates the most forward-thinking, progressive and innovative tech companies across 20 categories.

Editors' Choice - Google Play 2016

We’ve been awarded by Google Play Store in 2016 with an Editors' Choice badge. Overall, the Editors' Choice list includes 150 apps across the globe from various digital industries. The award is curated by the Google Play Store team based on best customer experience (satisfaction, engagement, technical quality) and high Android app ratings.

Top Developer - Google Play 2016

In 2016, we received another award from Google - the Top Developer badge. It recognises high-quality and innovative apps on Android created by established and respected developers (and their commitment). It gives users an additional level of trust and confidence in the apps they’re using.

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