1. Lingua.ly
The international startup Lingua.ly offers free and customized online language learning experience in their WebApp. Made available via a Chrome extension in June, the technology uses click patterns, word look-up, and language exposure data to understand a user’s working vocabulary. Lingua.ly supports over 18 languages and offers a free dictionary, flashcard tools, and practice games.

The company uses web content — from articles to recipes — to naturalize language processing. Lingua.ly was the regional education startup winner at the 2014 Challenge Cup. In April, Lingua.ly launched an Android app which had more than 100,000 downloads in the first month. The startup plans to launch an iOS app by this fall, as well as expand support for more languages.

2. Ranku
With online education exploding in popularity, Ranku helps students figure out which online programs they should participate in. It is similar to an online degree marketplace.

On Ranku’s homepage, users can simply search for a degree, school, or interest. From there, they are shown the average total cost, minimum GPA, duration, and acceptance rate of certain online degree programs that matched their interests. The site only features non-profit schools that pay for their profiles on it. Ranku was crowned “Most Likely to Succeed” at the Software and Information Industry Association’s Education Industry Summit in May 2014.

3. Home Front Alliance
Service members in need of help during their college search process should look no further than Home Front Alliance, who recently created The Edge CCT, a free online college matching tool. Veterans, service members in active-duty, and even their family can use The Edge CCT.

On the website, users create a profile and search for their perfect college or university based on college-filters such as size, location, and cost. In the coming months, the startup is looking to improve promotion and registration.

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