People who learn on Memrise contribute mnemonics to help themselves - and each other - to remember. Memrise uses game dynamics to keep people learning, and help them to learn faster by crowdsourcing mnemonics and other learning aids (audio recordings, sample sentences etc).
Creativity is not just a part of Memrise because it helps to make great learning materials; the process of creation is itself a powerful learning tool. The more engaged a person is with the material they are learning, the better they learn it. It just so happens that their creativity also helps everyone else to learn.
United Kingdom, London
Brief business history
Memrise is the brainchild of Grandmaster of Memory Ed Cooke and Princeton neuroscientist Greg Detre. At Memrise they are combining their insights from the art and science of memory to make learning what it should be: fast, fun and effective.
Language learning is currently the heart of Memrise, but you can already find courses from identifying types of cheese to recognising the constellations in the stars.
$1.05 million from Avalon Ventures, Balderton Capital, Matt Mullenweg’s Audrey Capital and Lerer Ventures. Nabeel Hyatt, who sold Conduit Labs to Zynga and recently joined Spark Capital as a partner, also invested along with Jeff Hammerbacher, former head of data at Facebook, and Bill Warner, founder of Avid.
Success to date
Millions of words learned across more than a hundred languages, at around 10 times the speed that is possible by traditional learning methods.