Enterprise learning platform for refugees Chatterbox raises £1.5m

Chatterbox, an online language learning platform that connects refugees and marginalized groups to businesses, has raised £1.5m in a pre-seed funding round.

Chatterbox will use the funding to develop new products and services, as well as hire employees in product development, learning, sales and marketing.

Guardian Media Group Ventures led Chatterbox’s funding round, with additional investments coming from Phil Libin’s All Turtles, Not On The Highstreet, Goldman Sachs, Mustard Seed Maze, RLC Ventures and SoftBank.

Chatterbox, based in London and Lisbon, was founded in 2016 by Afghan refugee Mursal Hedayat MBE and Y Combinator alum Guillemette Dejean from the Founders Factory acceleration program.

Chatterbox’s first product was created after Hedayat’s mother struggled to find high-skilled work after moving to the UK from Afghanistan.

Initially, Chatterbox started as an online language school for Syrian refugees to earn money teaching Arabic. Since then, Chatterbox has expanded the service to include more refugee groups and marginalized groups.

The platform combines self-learning based on artificial intelligence and human coaching. It counts Unilever, PwC and the British Red Cross among its clients.

“As we see with the Ukraine crisis, unfortunately, we live in a world where the mass displacement of talented people due to war, famine and even climate change is increasingly common,” Hedayat said.

The CEO and Founder of Chatterbox added, “Whether it’s single parents, workers with disabilities, or even refugees, this funding will help us continue our mission to help businesses engage with this incredible pool of marginalized talent, especially as the pandemic accelerates the shift to distributed and globally distributed networks. remote companies first.

The UK government has estimated that tech job listings have more than doubled since 2020. Chatterbox hopes to help with The Great Resignation, giving tech companies access to around 40 million graduates in the UK. OECD countries that are unemployed or underemployed.

In October 2016, Chatterbox raised £230,000 in a pre-seed round.

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