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Leap 100 Power Breakfast with Bernhard Niesner, Co-Founder & CEO, Busuu

  • Mishcon de Reya Africa House, 70 Kingsway London, WC2B 6AH (map)

How to Build a Global Business

This event will consider:

  • How to prioritize markets in international expansion
  • Global expansion with limited resources
  • Our ‘growth hacks’ for going global

Bernhard Niesner (from Vienna, Austria) is the CEO and Co-Founder of busuu, the world´s largest social network for language learning. The company has attracted more than 70 million users from over 190 countries, growing at up to 25,000 new users per day. The London-based startup offers interactive language courses on desktop and mobile devices combined with direct interaction with native speakers of the global community.

Before starting his own company, Bernhard worked as consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the area of consumer goods. Bernhard graduated with summa cum laude in International Business from the University of Vienna and holds an MBA with honors from IE Business School. In his free time, Bernhard relaxes while playing the piano, loves skiing and enjoys spending time with his young kids.

Busuu is the world’s leading social network for language learning with 70m+ users and over 25,000 daily signups. It provides language learning in 12 different languages combined with the possibility to practice your skills with native speakers of the global community. They have attracted over £15m in Venture Capital (including super angels like Martin Varsavsky or Brent Hoberman) and have been named ‘Best Education Startup’ by TechCrunch and Best Google Play App 2015. They are a truly international company (users from 190 countries, strong growth in emerging markets like China, Brazil, Russia etc).

Mishcon de Reya is a law firm with offices in London and New York, offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. The firm acts for businesses, wealth owners and dealmakers to help them make the right choices for their private capital and ventures and then offer the practical support to populate, grow and protect their assets.

Mishcon de Reya is committed to helping nurture UK entrepreneurship. Earlier this year, the firm teamed up with City A.M., The Entrepreneurs Network and The Supper Club to create the Leap 100 list, which offers a window into the working life – and identifies the challenges facing – some of the UK’s most exciting, fast-growing companies.

Mishcon de Reya is an enthusiastic sponsor of the Leap 100 Power Breakfasts: it is vital for entrepreneurs and business leaders – from across the UK – to discuss the current trends and challenges of successful growth.

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