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Technical co founder to EdTech startup with huge global potential

Salary Unpaid
Equity To be negotiated

Do you have the experience and skills to build a world-class gamified learning app that will scale into global market?

Then, look no further! We have the perfect opportunity for you :-)

We're looking for a tech person with experience in mobile game development to take over the technical roadmap at Poikilingo.


The problem we wanna solve

More and more kids all over the world are moving abroad, becoming real multicultural citizens, in need of speaking two or more languages. However, among the many language learning apps in the market, few are customized for this special group of learners.

For instance, a child who needs to learn a new language because she is settling down in a new country has bigger challenges than only the language itself. They are caught between 2 worlds, while going through a lot of disruption in their lives, and an urgency to get integrated into a new society.


Our product

Poikilingo is developing a subscription-based language learning app for small children, which mixes activities, videos, interactive books, songs and games, with inicial offer of courses in English, Spanish, Portuguese & Danish. For kids 2-6 years old.

It serves both immigrant children learning the language of the country they moved to, or the ones reinforcing their family language and preserving their cultural heritage.


Who we are

We are two co-founders:

  • Leticia, the CEO, has more than 25 years of experience in EdTech and has worked at Maersk and Novozymes with coorporate training & at several EdTech projects of the Brazilian Ministry of Education. A language teacher, and mom of two plurilingual and multicultural girls.

  • Paula, the CMO, has more than 20 years of experience in MarCom and has been an entrepreneur in Denmark for 18 years. She has lived in the USA and Denmark, is fluent in 4 languages, and mom of a trilingual boy.


Where are we at

In almost 2 years with Poikilingo, we have:

  • researched and collected feedback from parents and professionals;

  • alpha-tested our app in Google Play Store;

  • received an equity-free InnoFounder grant from Innovation Fund Denmark;

  • been selected and completed a mentorship program, directed to Women in Tech, by Tech Nordic Advocates;

  • won the 2nd prize for the Creative Business Cup 2021 - Denmark;

  • been selected for the AWS EdStart Program;

  • been selected for and completed the EduHub DK mentorship program;

  • been selected as one of the 17 EdTech startups out of 278 to the prestigious incubation program IMPACT EdTech, which also granted us with equity-free funds.

  • open beta-tested in Google Play Store;

  • been selected for co-financing of production of the cultural layer of our Danish course through the Game Scheme from the Danish Film Institute.


Currently we are:

  • running a closed beta-test in Apple app store;

  • playtesting in a kindergarden at Faxe kommune, in Denmark.

  • working hard on our soft launch, planned for Q1 2023, which is also co-financed by the Game Scheme from the Danish Film Institute.


Your job & qualifications

This position is initially unpaid with possibility of becoming a technical co-founder with substantial equity stake.

The ideal candidate should have some of the following:

  • Experience in EdTech;

  • At least 4 years of experience with 2D animated game development for mobile, working with Unity 3D game engine, AWS, Spine 2D, GitLab, Trello, Slack and/or Jira;

  • Capable of identifying and completing tasks independently, and reporting on progress, with a sense of urgency and ownership;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;

  • Excellent oral and written communication (English), any other language is a plus;

  • Previous experience in the startup world, or resilence and high ability to deal with instability;

  • Engaged in & motivated by solving societal problems.

For more information or questions please contact us at leticia@poikilingo.com

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Remote work allowed
Remote work allowed

You know how you perform best. Work from your couch, your favorite cafe or abroad when you feel like it.

Work life balance
Work life balance

Carve out time for your kids, friends and personal cider projects.

Equity package
Equity package

Want to be a partner? Look no further.

Working at
Poikilingo

Poikilingo is developing a language learning app for small children (2 - 6 years old), where social and cultural awareness are at the heart of our concept. Our program focuses on the cultural aspects of the language being learned, as we believe that cracking the social code is as important as learning vocabulary and pronunciation. This promotes a sense of belonging which will positively impact the child's learning process. Each child is unique, so each of them deserves a study program that takes into consideration their peculiarities. The customized study plan that childre get at Poikilingo mixes activities, videos, songs and games, and if the child makes mistakes, she gets feedback in her native tongue. We follow a consolidated learning approach that teaches different subjects through the language, all created by educational experts and aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. But the game-changing experience that Poikilingo brings into the market is based on animated stories where an avatar of the child goes through everyday situations that children go through, including when they move to a new country and have to start into a new kindergarten.

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