This is ELSA
Our Story

It all started when Vu Van, CEO and co-founder of ELSA Speak, left Vietnam to pursue an MBA and Masters in Education at Stanford University. Vu was confident in her English vocabulary but knew she had a strong Vietnamese accent. Her professors and classmates could not always understand what she was saying, which led her to feel that her opinions in class were often dismissed.

Vu realized she was not facing this problem alone. Most of her international friends encountered the same communication barrier in their first year studying abroad. Yet when she looked into this problem, she found few solutions.

Searching for a co-founder, Vu asked Dr. Xavier Anguera, a respected speech technologist, to help form the new company. In 2015, they officially launched ELSA Speak. Ever since, ELSA Speak has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 4 best companies utilizing Artificial Intelligence to change the world, and was ranked in the Top 5 AI Apps, along with Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s Google Allo. ELSA Speak is currently used by millions of learners around the globe.

Our Mission

ELSA Speak uses technology and design to enable people around the world to speak English with confidence. We aim to unlock greater opportunities for billions of language learners around the world.

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Our Milestones

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 • Winner of SxSW Edu Launch • Winner of Best digital learning app by Reimagine Education... • Secured $7M from Gradient Ventures (Series A) • Top 15 “Best A.I. Apps for Android & iOS” by Easy Tech Trick ... • Raised $3.2M from Monk’s Hill Ventures (Pre Series A) • Top 13 promising tech startups in Southeast Asia (by South China Morning Post) • Secured $7M from Gradient Ventures (Series A) • Established in India, Indonesia, Japan • Honorable mention in the Fast Company 2020 World Changing ...

Our Milestones

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  • Raised $3.2M from Monk’s Hill Ventures (Pre Series A)
  • Top 13 promising tech startups in Southeast Asia (by South China Morning Post)

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