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In Conversation with Bernhard Niesner, Co-founder and CEO of Busuu.

24 January 2023 - GP Bullhound presents Entrepreneur's Corner, a new interview series featuring leading founders and entrepreneurs within the global tech ecosystem.

Over two decades, we have built strong and long-lasting partnerships with our founders and CEOs and want to share their stories.

We met with Bernhard Niesner, Co-founder and CEO of Busuu, to talk about the acceleration of digital education in recent years, growing the business to over 120 million learners, and the power of languages in realising people’s potential.

In our interview, Bernhard shares his thoughts on embracing the entrepreneurial struggle and enjoying the rewards of creating opportunities for his team. During our conversation, we also learned about the endangered language of Cameroon, spoken by fewer than eight people, and how a linguist and a film crew travelled to a small village to uncover it.

Busuu is a leading language learning community founded in the UK in 2008. Starting as a B2C business, the platform now offers courses to large corporates for employee training and has more than a million active users per year.

The entrepreneur is at the heart of everything we do at GP Bullhound. Our mission is to support founders bold enough to take steps down new roads, armed only with their own vision. We are bullish on brilliance and recognise the pioneers who conceive the future others cannot. We are proud to walk alongside them and help drive their success.

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About GP Bullhound
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Previous Busuu transactions
GP Bullhound advised Busuu on its $436m acquisition by Chegg (2021)
GP Bullhound investment in Busuu (2020)

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