Press room of the female immigrant-founders start-up Poikilingo

Poikilingo’s Mission

To support the bilingual journey of children with a customised language learning app where the child’s identity is the heart of the learning plan.

Our Story 

Poikilingo was founded in 2020 by Leticia Maimann-Roland and Paula Jota Pedersen, two Brazilians living in Denmark. The idea came to Leticia when searching for tools to help her raise her child bilingual. 

Our Product

kids can learn a language while playing games

Poikilingo is a language app for kids ages 2-6. 

It offers English, Spanish, Portuguese and Danish. 

The plan contains games, interactive books and music videos

The child hears instructions in her native language when not understanding an activity.

Poikilingo has been featured on  

Poikilingo has been featured on many newspapers in Denmark


October 2022
Now on YouTube
Poikilingo launches its first YouTube channel

Poikilingo is reaching parents around the world via YouTube, by releasing some of its content on the platform, and encouraging viewers to sign up for a beta test.

July 2022
Public grant from Danish Film Institute
Danish Film Institute supports the project

Poikilingo has been selected to receive a public grant from Danish Film Institute, under the Game Scheme.

June 2022
Poikilingo's CMO has been selected to join TNA's Accelerator program

Paula Jota Pedersen, Poikilingo's CMO, has started the Tech Nordic Advocates Accelerator for High Growth Potential Tech Companies led by Women! 

May 2022
Closed beta
Poikilingo starts closed beta-launched

Poikilingo has beta-launched the first part of the app - language-learning for kids to learn English, Portuguese and Danish.

Sept 2021
IMPACT EdTech incubation & public grant
Selected to IMPACT EdTech Incubation

Poikilingo is one of the 17 startups selected among 278 applications to the cohort 3 of the IMPACT EdTech Program. The company received a public EU grant as part of the Incubation.

Aug 2021
Selected to EduHub Cohort 2

Poikilingo is one of the 5 companies chosen to participate in EduHub Mentorship Program, Cohort 2.

May 2021
2nd Prize Winner
2nd Prize Winner at Creative Business Cup Denmark 2021

Poikilingo won 2nd prize at Creative Business Cup Denmark 2021. ⭐

Feb 2021
AWS EdStart Program
Invited to be part of the AWS EdStart Program

Poikilingo joins the AWS EdStart Program. 

Jan 2021
Nordic Tech Advocates
Selected to Nordic Tech Advocates

Poikilingo’s co-founders, Leticia Maimann-Roland and Paula Jota Pedersen were both selected to the Nordic Tech advocates, women in tech mentoring program, along with 19 other female founders.

Dec 2020
Company founded
Company founded

The company was founded by Leticia Maimann-Roland and Paula Jota Pedersen.

Oct 2020
Project received a public grant
The project was selected for Innovation Fund Experienced

The founders applied for the Poikilingo project, and it was selected to the InnoFounder Experienced Program. They received a grant from the Innovation Fund Denmark, allowing the founders to work full-time on the project. The program ran from April 2021 - March 2022.