Onwards Learning in the News

A compilation of news stories and events over the last 12 months summarised in a single PDF page.


EDUKWEST – Language Learning Needs to be Flipped

“…the flipped classroom model seems to fit perfectly with language learning. There is no need to learn vocabulary or grammar in the classroom; this is the easiest way to drain a learner of all enthusiasm.”


TechNode – LearnOnEnglish: English Learning Social Marketplace for China by Sino-Irish StartUp Onwards Learning

The education sector in China is booming, especially the English learning industry. Onwards Learning is a startup that wants a foothold in this sector by building social networks and cloud computing solutions.


Irish Independent – Irish tech start-up expands China presence with education website partnership

Onwards Learning has continued to strengthen its foothold in the Asian region after signing an agreement for its LearnOnEnglish.com social language e-learning platform with the largest integrated education website in China, eol.cn


TechInAsia – investors pump $100m into online English-learning platform in Asia

Online education platform and English-learning institution TutorGroup announced it has raised $100 million in strategic funding from Alibaba, Temasek Holdings, and Qiming Venture Partners.


Silicon Republic – Irish cloud firm in €3.7m deal to teach English to 1m people across China

Onwards Learning has signed a commercial deal worth €3.75m with China Computer Correspondence College to roll out its LearnOnEnglish.com cloud to 400 vocational colleges across China.


Irish Independent – Irish online language startup in €3.75m China deal 

Irish technology firm Onwards Learning has secured a partnership with a vocational organisation to roll out its English language learning programme to 400 college campuses in the region.


TechNode – Tech in China 2013: VCs are Chasing Online Education

While big Chinese Internet companies poured massive money into acquisitions and investments this year is more for complementing their core businesses or strategies, venture capitalists are for new markets or games changers, education being a key one.


VentureBeat – Voxy gets $8.5m for its English-language learning apps from Pearson and Rethink Education

Education and publishing giant Pearson led the Series B financing round, with participation from ed-tech fund Rethink Education.  The terms of the deal stipulate that Pearson will now own a minority stake in New York-based Voxy. Pearson intends to incorporate the language-learning technology into the existing suite of apps and other digital services.For Voxy, the investment will help the company market its service and fend off competition from Rosetta Stone and scores of other language-learning apps and games.


Onwards e-learning firm lands €4m deal

Excerpt: Education firm Onwards Learning has signed deals that give it major access to 30 million English language learners in China.The digital-learning firm has won contracts with two Chinese distributors that link to the Chinese Ministry of Education’s CERNET – an academic network of 2,000 education institutions and around 30 million adult learners of English at third-level and in business and professions.


Techcrunch – Rosetta Stone buys up Online Language Learning Community LiveMocha for $8.5m in cash

Excerpt: “Rosetta Stone has just acquired Seattle-based online language-learning community Livemocha for $8.5 million in cash. Livemocha has one of the largest online language-learning communities in the world, boasting over 16 million members from over 195 different countries. Rosetta Stone will likely use Livemocha’s cloud platform to offer its language packages online — they were once only available via disc set, with a complimentary iPad app.”


Forbes – Babbel Buys PlaySay to Kill It, Take Its Users And Move In On Rosetta Stone

Excerpt: “One of the better known players in the language-learning space is Rosetta Stone, with online and software-based products, is ripe for disruption………. Where will consumers go? I suspect they’ll go to the best mobile product at the sleekest price.”


Silicon Republic: Irish e-learning portal wins major deal in China to teach potentially 30m people

Excerpt: “The China Vocational and Adult Education division of the Ministry Of Education is happy to work with Onwards Learning Ltd of Ireland as the preferred provider of English Language Learning Solutions to our user base and website visitors,” said Mr Zhang, director of CVAE.