VIPKID is an online platform providing international learning experience for children in China between the ages of 4 and 12. Founded in 2013, VIPKID's mission is to provide the international elementary school experience to Chinese children—all from the comfort of their homes. VIPKID provides one-on-one, fully immersive lessons in its online classroom. VIPKID’s curriculum is proprietary and aligned to the U.S. Common Core State Standards. Because of its innovative business model, platform and curriculum, VIPKID has won awards, such as the Shengjing Top 21 Global Innovation Award in 2015, the US-China Entrepreneurship Leader Award in 2014, Sina’s China’s Most Valuable Online education brand and best teachers award in 2015, and Tencent's China's Most powerful education brand in 2015. In April 2016, VIPKID became the official provider of the TOEFL Primary assessment in China. VIPKID is also a Strategic Partner of TESOL International Association, the largest global association for English language teaching professionals and a Partner of Coursera, an online learning pioneer. VIPKID is venture backed by top investors, such as Kobe Bryant, in his venture vehicle’s (Bryant Stibel) first investment in an education company, Innovation Works, Learn Capital, Sequoia Capital, Matrix Partners, Northern Light Venture and Yunfeng Capital, an investment firm co-founded by Alibaba’s Jack Ma. For young students, VIPKID offers world-class English language instruction online, helping students develop not only their English language ability, but also their critical thinking and creativity. For teachers, VIPKID improves an extra source of income in a very flexible, work-from-home teaching experience. In addition to the extra income and flexibility, VIPKID teachers also like the professional development opportunities, local VIPKID teacher communities/activities and the knowledge that their teaching is a making a direct impact on children’s lives in China and helping to bridge global cultures.
Recognized as an educator and entrepreneur, Cindy Mi is the Founder and CEO of VIPKid, an education technology company that connects students in China (and 63 countries around the world) with the world’s best teachers for real-time online English immersion learning. She founded VIPKID in 2013.