About us


Our Story

The idea for Language Confidence started when, during a career break, Nick was teaching English in China back in 2016. He was frustrated that his students couldn’t practise their speaking at home and get accurate feedback when they could easily get feedback on other aspects of English like spelling and grammar. This is where the idea for LCAT was born: a tool that allowed ‘teacherless’ and accurate speaking practise.

Nick then spent 2 years travelling the world and visiting the world’s largest language education companies to learn about the market and this problem, formulating a plan for how to solve it using technology. In parallel, he also educated himself on AI and speech recognition, designing the original Product (Pronunciation V1) based on his experience as a teacher, founder and with an original team from MIT.

The business has seen success and growth since the first product launch in late 2019, partnering with some of the world’s largest language platforms in every continent, and having raise an Angel and Seed rounds of funding from Wavemaker Partners, Investible and others.

Our technology supports multiple accents, delivers the most accurate, detailed feedback on the market, and natively recognizes over 500,000 words in English. We help support the world’s top English-language brands, have a partnership with Oxford University Press (via Oxford Languages and the integration of the Oxford Dictionary for our pronunciation assessment).

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Meet our team

Our philosophy is simple — hire a team of diverse, passionate, amazing human beings and make LC the best place to work, empowering our people to do their best work.

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Nicholas Jenkins

CEO, Founder

Language Confidence is Nick’s third startup, with his passion for education stemming from his upbringing in a family of educators. Nick has lived in China, Singapore, Malaysia and London and speaks English and intermediate Mandarin. Nick has a TESOL qualification and was an English teacher in China between his second startup and Language Confidence. Nick loves being active through surfing, ocean swims and riding motorbikes.

Swahn Fraye

CTO, Co-Founder

Swahn completed an undergraduate in computer science and multimedia. Swahn is ex-Atlassian and a self-taught whizz at anything AI, infrastructure and audio technologies. Swahn loves fishing and is originally from New Caledonia and speaks fluent French and English.

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Marco Sentinelli

Chief Operating Officer

Marco has been living and working in more than 10 different countries; has launched 2 start-ups, spent almost 20 years in corporates and SMEs, up to CEO and CMO positions; he held teaching positions at Universities and he is a published author. Marco loves diving and football; he is originally from Italy and speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish, German and few other basic level languages.

Rishabh Choudhary

Machine Learning Engineer

Rishabh graduated with a Master’s in Information Technology from the University of New South Wales. He’s passionate about solving real-world problems using artificial intelligence that creates a positive impact on society. He is a die-hard Manchester United fan and would love to see them play in real life. He is a big sucker for good movies or tv series and is constantly on the lookout for some good content. As a stress-buster activity, he likes to do yoga and go for long walks and can speak fluent English and Hindi.

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