Ako Academy: Empowering Te Reo Maori Learners through AI-driven Language Education
Unlocking the Power of Technology to Foster Language Competence and Confidence
Ako Academy, having a passionate Te Reo Māori teacher as a founder, has embarked on a transformative journey with the Kōkiri Business Accelerator programme. With their visionary business idea, Ako Academy aims to revolutionise language learning by developing an AI-driven application specifically designed for beginner to intermediate learners of Te Reo Māori. By making language learning accessible, engaging, and interactive, Ako Academy seeks to empower individuals with the confidence and competence to use Te Reo Māori in everyday contexts.
The inspiration for Ako Academy’s groundbreaking concept came from the personal experience of the founders, Natalia Wi. As a second language learner who embarked on the journey of learning Te Reo Māori alongside her children, they pondered how this transformative experience could be digitally replicated for others. This realisation ignited their passion for creating an innovative language learning platform that would bridge the gap between traditional teaching methods and modern technological advancements.
Over the next 12 months, Ako Academy has set ambitious goals for themselves. Their immediate focus is on developing a minimum viable product (MVP). This MVP will serve as a foundation for the subsequent development of a fully functional app that will be launched in the market. Initially targeting corporate users, Ako Academy aims to provide accessible language learning opportunities to a wide range of individuals. After establishing a foothold in the corporate sector, they plan to expand their reach to the public.
The Ako Academy team believes they are the right individuals to spearhead this transformative idea. They possess a deep understanding of the needs and challenges faced by language learners. This expertise enables them to develop a solution that creates a safe and supportive environment for learners to thrive. Their commitment to fostering a love for the language and empowering learners drives their dedication to bring their idea to fruition.
In their journey with Kōkiri, Ako Academy has gained invaluable momentum and a sense of urgency to take action. The connections they have forged within the inspiring Kōkiri environment have been instrumental in propelling their vision forward. As they work tirelessly to develop and launch their MVP, they are simultaneously exploring investment options to support their future growth and sustainability.
Ako Academy’s quest to empower Te Reo Māori learners through their AI-driven language education platform embodies the spirit of innovation and cultural preservation. By harnessing the power of technology, they aim to cultivate language competence and confidence among individuals, contributing to the revitalisation and preservation of Te Reo Māori. With the support and guidance of the Kōkiri programme, Ako Academy is poised to make a profound impact on language education and empower learners to embrace the richness of Te Reo Māori.
“Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua ka tina”.
Seek out distant horizons and cherish those you attain.