Do you have an idea for a product or service for English teachers, learners, or the broader ELT sector? Real teacherpreneurs share how they successfully transitioned from teaching English to designing and delivering EdTech tools and educational products.


Jake Young is a certified EFL instructor with over nine years of teaching experience in his own private teaching practice in Prague, with a specialized focus on General English, Business English, and conversational English. He is also a “teacherpreneur” and founder of Fluentize, an online resource creating modern and engaging ESL lesson plans based on real-world videos for English language teachers with teenage or adult students. Fluentize was born out of Jake’s frequent use of authentic videos with his own private student clientele in Prague, resulting in him developing his own video-based learning materials and spinning it off into a platform for other teachers to use and enjoy.

Alex Bricker creates fun educational tools which help English learners get the skills they need to succeed in life. He is passionate about helping teachers and their students get ‘aha’ moments through their educational journey. Alex has been teaching English through paid and volunteer roles for over 16 years and is the founder of and Phrase It brand games.

Lindsay McMahon is the CEO and Founder of All Ears English, which provides training in IELTS, Business English, and Fluency for international professionals through online courses, apps, social media, and live events. All Ears English is best known for their popular podcast which receives 4-5 million global monthly downloads and has been ranked in Best of Apple Podcasts categories in 2018 and 2019. The podcast presents a new way to learn English by helping global professionals focus on “Connection NOT Perfection.”

This panel is hosted by Jean-Marc Alberola.

Bridge Education Group (“Bridge”) is led by Founder and CEO Jean-Marc Alberola, an experienced leader with over 30 years of experience in international education. Jean-Marc’s experience includes 10 years overseas in Brazil, Chile and Argentina building Linguatec, a chain of seven language centers catering to the corporate training market. Most recently he led the creation of BridgePathways a division of Bridge focused on international student recruitment and the establishment of six ESL centers on U.S. University campuses. Jean-Marc has served as a board member of IALC (International Association of Language Centers) and is a frequent speaker and thought leader in international education. Jean-Marc has a deep understanding of the international language training industry, and a successful track record building and growing companies. Jean-Marc holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont.