Ursula Lavrenčič is the co-founder of Hopalai, the start-up behind the learning tool Kobi. She came up with the idea when she became confronted with the trials dyslexic children face while learning, as her daughter was diagnosed with it. Ursula’s eyes were opened not just to the practical issues of dyslexia but emotional ones as well, as more often than not children with reading difficulties become more easily frustrated and stressed.
A creative thinker and an ability to see things in their biggest context, Ursula put peddle to the metal and created Kobi, spurred on by wanting to create a better learning environment for her child. The app helps children with reading, specifically helping with the decoding aspect.
The personalised reading form with coloured letters instantly improves readability, resulting in a better reading rate and accuracy. Success motivates children to read more and more, which leads to fluent reading and better comprehension.
The British Dyslexia Association recognised Kobi as a valid tool in the battle against dyslexia and awarded the app a place in their coveted ‘Assured’ programme. Kobi is also the first mobile app focused on supporting reading practice to be accepted into the Assured programme What follows is a very informative interview with Ursula Lavrenčič, co-founder of Hopalai, the start-up behind Kobi.