Digital speech therapy platform Noala secures £3.5m seed funding

Noala, a platform that provides access to speech and language professionals for speech therapy, has secured $4m (£3.5m) in an oversubscribed seed funding round .

Based in London, Noala aims to accelerate access to speech and language processing. Its online platform begins with an assessment before offering interactive exercises and weekly video calls with speech professionals. The traditional speech therapy process can take months or years, depending on the startup.

Emilie Spire, Founder of Noala, said: “Speech and language professionals do incredible and vital work helping children and adults improve their communication skills, open up new opportunities and find their voice so that they can flourish.

“Yet they are trying to do so in the face of growing demand, cuts and limited resources.”

Communication Access UK says that around 20% experience communication problems in their lives.

Spire came up with the idea for the platform after seeing the effects of a communication disorder on his niece, who suffered a stroke before she was born.

LocalGlobe led the Noala round with additional investment from Cocoa Ventures alongside angles Nicolas Brusson (BlaBlaCar), Josefin Landgard (Kry), Adrien Nussenbaum (Mirakl), Xavier Louis (Peak), among others.

“Emilie and her team at Noala are on a mission to make speech therapy mainstream,” said Julia Hawkins, general partner, LocalGlobe.

“By leveraging their digital platform, they aim to reduce the friction typically associated with accessing speech therapy treatments,” Hawkins added.

Noala currently operates in the UK and the US.

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