Press release – Paris, July 7, 2016
UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA announces the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, the educational technology startup specializing in language learning for children
UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA announces the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, the leader in language learning for children on mobile devices. With this acquisition, the media group dedicated to youth aims to offer children the best of print and digital materials, to become a reference in language learning. The acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, the third company to join UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA after Fleurus Presse and Quelle Histoire, attests to the digital innovation strategy of the group and contributes to its international development.
Founded in 2012, the French start-up Pili Pop Labs has already convinced more than 600,000 users with an innovative method based on listening and oral language practice. Its two language learning applications, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, use a unique voice recognition engine that analyzes the pronunciation of children to help them improve.
The integration of Pili Pop Labs in the UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA group is an opportunity for significant collaboration between the various companies of the group in order to achieve a common goal: to offer children the best possible entertainment and learning environment and to provide quality content that parents can trust. Pili Pop Labs will now be able to accelerate its development by taking advantage of the expertise and investment power of the group, including proposing new language learning products for younger children (3-6 years old) and older children (10-14 years old) as well as augmented English learning books.
Eugene Ernoult, co-founder and new CEO of Pili Pop Labs, commented on this acquisition:
“We are excited to join UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA and to work with the exceptionally creative teams of Fleurus Presse and Quelle Histoire. We already have strong collaboration with Fleurus Presse with the launch of a new Pili Pop section to learn English in Pirouette magazine. This is a logical step for us to join hands with a partner that really understands the importance of quality edutainment products for children and can help us spread our offer.”
UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA will build on the success of Pili Pop Labs to expand internationally and pursue its innovation strategy offering exclusive products combining digital and print format.
Emmanuel Mounier, president of UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA and new president of Pili Pop Labs, welcomed this acquisition:
“With the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, we want to continue to strengthen our presence in digital technology sector and diversify the offer proposed to families. Language learning is fundamental for today’s children. Parents want their children to become bilingual but the solutions proposed today are rare and often very expensive. The goal of Pili Pop to help children practice a foreign language on a daily basis completely match our vision of learning while having fun. This acquisition also enables us to develop the strategy of UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA abroad since the majority of families who use Pili Pop apps are outside France.”
ABOUT UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA
UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA (UHM) is a media group dedicated to the youth and to their entourage. Its ambition is to enable young people to grow and play while learning and discovering the world. The group wants to expand an already-rich offer by taking advantage of the potential of new technology and the interactivity it offers.
UNIQUE HERITAGE MEDIA develops fifteen strong brands in the press, book, or digital sector including Papoum, Abricot, Pirouette, Je Lis Déjà, Mille et une histoires, Quelle Histoire, Histoires Vraies, Les P’tites Filles à la Vanille, Les P’tites Princesses, Les P’tites Sorcières, Le Monde des Ados, Tout Comprendre, Comment Ca Marche et Réponse à Tout.
ABOUT PILI POP LABS
PILI POP LABS is a Paris-based company specializing in language learning for children, founded by Elsa Prieto, Soiny Duval and Eugene Ernoult. Since 2012, the mission of Pili Pop Labs has been to help children around the world to become bilingual by discovering the pleasure of learning a foreign language. The first two applications, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, are available on iPhone/iPad and have already been used by more than 600,000 families.
About Pili Pop
Pili Pop is a language-learning method created especially for children. With two apps, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, available on iPhone and iPad, their goal is to help children learn English and Spanish while having fun. Designed in collaboration with language experts, Pili Pop offers innovative listening and speaking games to make them practice on an everyday basis. Pili Pop is developed by Pili Pop Labs, a startup based in Paris and founded in 2012 by Elsa Prieto, Soiny Duval and Eugene Ernoult
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