ImpactAlpha, November 13 – American students got poor grades for reading proficiency in the latest national report card from the National Center for Education Statistics. French startup founders Amine Mezzour and Laurent Jolie believe they can help American students boost literacy levels.
Their startup, Lalilo, is an online literacy tool for kindergarten to second grade students that builds phonics, word recognition and reading comprehension through exercises that adapt to individual learners.
The tool for English learning is marketed directly to teachers in the U.S. Lalilo also offers a French service via a partnership with the French ministry of education.
Partech Partners, Citizen Capital and Educapital invested $5.5 million in Lalilo’s Series A round, which will support expansion in the U.S.