As entrepreneurs and parents of two, Leslie and Mark Begert know firsthand the balancing act many parents are facing as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
As the spread of the virus has forced families to spend more time at home, the Begerts — who have two children, aged 12 and 10 — said they hope their Austin-based education technology startup Fabulingua can help.
Fabulingua makes an app that teaches Spanish language skills to children ages 2 to 10, using storytelling and games. The startup offers users one free story and access to more through a subscription of $3.99 a month. As the coronavirus crisis continues, the company said it will offer families its full suite of products for free.
“We just need to give families as many tools as possible to stay home,” Leslie Begert said.
She said she hopes Fabulingua can act as a tool for families to help their kids learn, and keep families busy during social distancing.
“There are not many times in your life where you even have the opportunity to be helpful in that way,” Begert said. “I think every little bit helps to keep each family separate.”
The app, which debuted in December, has about 5,000 users. The Austin-based company has raised about $700,000 to date, and has a 10-person staff.
The Begerts have felt the shock of the pandemic themselves both as a family and as business owners.
The startup was hoping to help spread word of the services at the now-canceled South by Southwest festival. After the initial