May 25, 2022

I’m happy to announce that FabuLingua is the winner of today’s City Spotlight: Austin Pitch-Off! The company competed against NorX Health and Vertical X in today’s edition of gaming-updates Live and won free showroom space at gaming-updates Disrupt in October.

Mark Beigert introduced his company to three Austin investors who found his idea and proposal clear, concise, and easy to understand.

During his four-minute presentation, Mark explained that his company teaches children Spanish through games and stories. He compared FabuLingua to the very popular Prodigy Education, which teaches math through a similar gamification service.

In FabuLingua, users (children) interact with stories and games that open up new possibilities as the child develops. The company calls it invisible learning when the text is in Spanish but read aloud in English. Along the way, the service throws up English-speaking assistants and gives the child instructions only in Spanish. As a child explores the world of FabuLingua, more stories are released and more learning opportunities open up. The service is available on a monthly subscription basis and is available on Android and iOS devices.

The company was founded by Leslie and Mark Burgert. Although Mark is the CEO, he made it clear in his presentation that Leslie, as a polyglot, is leading the direction of the company. He says his passion for teaching the language is what drives the company forward. Raised in a multicultural, bilingual environment, she studied linguistics at the University of Oxford for a degree in psychology. He later received a master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

The company says it has over 80,000 downloads, 15,000 registered users, and over 1,000 families paying for memberships.

FabuLingua is based in Austin, Texas and has raised $1.3 million in a preliminary funding round. The company is currently raising capital through Wayfunder where it has raised $322,983 at a maximum valuation of $7.5 million. The campaign is active and FabuLingua is still accepting new investors through Wefunder.

Two other companies presented themselves at the presentation in Austin. David Franklin supports KnowRX Health, which works with physicians to collect data that they sell to pharmaceutical companies. Charlie Sarmiento created Vertical X, a marketplace for athletes based on blockchain technology.

Special thanks to the wonderful Austin judges Krishna Srinivasan, co-founder of LiveOak Venture Partners, Brian Chambers, president of Capital Factory, and Sarah Brand, founder, general partner of True Wealth Ventures.

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