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Three Tall Cranes

We will revolutionize literacy learning for the three languages that use Chinese characters, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Education
  • Location Bath, England, GB
  • Currency GBP
  • Founded May 2012
  • Employees 3

Company Summary

Endorsed by The Confucius Institute, the world's largest network of Mandarin schools, our methods are suitable for native and foreign speakers and can be commercialised in old and new media alike - from apps, podcasts, books and comics to games, TV and trading cards. We can radically reduce learning time. Our first markets are 12-15 year old English speakers studying Mandarin as a foreign language and 4-6 year old native Mandarin speakers.


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    Zhicheng Dong
    Education Director

    Dr Dong is Assistant Manager of the Confucius Institute for Business (CIBL) at the London School of Economics ( where he is in charge of the new Standard Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK). He is also an International GCSE examiner and an external examiner for CEMS, a leading provider of commercial language proficiency tests. He has a PhD in education policy and practice and 15 years’ teaching experience.

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    Kristin Sorra

    After graduating from the Pratt Institute in fashion illustration, Kristin co-founded Atomic Paintbrush, one of the first studios to provide digital coloring to all the major comic companies.

    Kristin's children’s book illustrations have been published by many leading companies including Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, Penguin Putnam and Scholastic.

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    Ben Jolliffe

    Ben has 17 years’ experience in developing digital content and has focused particularly on the children’s educational market.

    He worked on many of Dorling Kindersley’s award-winning multimedia titles for children in the 1990s and subsequently worked at WPP where clients included the BBC, The Times Educational Supplements and Sony Playstation. He studied Japanese at Oxford, trying many different methods for learning 2000 Chinese characters.

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    Susanna Scott-Mitchell
    Business Development N. America

    Susanna co-founded the US educational software company, Aegom Interactive in 2008. In 3 years, the business developed six products for the K-8 market. The software was sold into over 8,000 schools across the US. The business was sold to a private investor in 2011. Prior to running her own business Susanna was part of the team brought over from the UK to establish a US office for RM plc, the largest supplier of educational technology in the UK.


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    Temple Bright
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    Corrigan Associates

Previous Investors

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    Will Hobhouse