Founders of top online language-learning platforms discuss their journey from concept to start-up and where they see the ELT sector headed in 2022 – and beyond.


Travis Wentworth is cofounder of Langu (, a marketplace for language teachers and language students. Originally from the US, he and his Polish wife had the idea for Langu when he was looking for a Polish language tutor and couldn’t find one. He now has lots of fun learning Polish, Spanish and German, and speaking them very badly, alongside continuing to build Langu into the best place to learn and teach languages online.

Benjamin Dent is the co-founder and COO of Hallo, an online language-learning community where students speak with teachers anytime, anywhere. Hallo has over one million learners, derived mostly through word of mouth. With Hallo’s global audience, primarily situated in Asia, Ben has extensive experience in understanding people and cultures around the world. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in psychology and was nominated to pursue his research in genetics and neuropsychology at Cambridge. He finds great satisfaction in working with people who are driven to make the world a better place through technology, innovation, research, and education.

Alex Asher is the CEO of LearnCube, the award-winning virtual classroom software made for language teaching & tutoring. Working with customers in over 1,000 cities and 90 countries, including Preply and Babbel, Alex has a unique, international perspective on the future of language education. He is also giving back to the education sector with two current initiatives: the “Get More Students” podcast, focused on education marketing, and co-authorship of the upcoming book, “LangTech.”

This panel is hosted by Jean-Marc.

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.