Andres Moreno began his entrepreneurial career in his native Venezuela, co-founding Optimal English, a company that provided English-language training to Latin American executives at Fortune 500 companies, such as Procter and Gamble, and Sun Microsystems.
In 2005, Moreno teamed up with his classmate and friend Wilmer Sarmiento in Caracas to design a different type of online English experience. They rejected the traditional brick and mortar model and decided to create a system that would allow students to learn English online, with native English-speaking teachers from their home or workplace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Moreno is a multifaceted entrepreneur involved in a myriad of projects of regional impact. In 2013, he became a founding board member of Endeavor Miami, a leading promoter of entrepreneurship present in more than 16 countries. Moreno travels frequently to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries to hold his popular Exito! conferences on success and entrepreneurship.
Open English is the leading online English school in Latin America and in the U.S. Hispanic market. The company was founded in 2007 to reinvent the way to teach English, while meeting needs of today’s busy professionals. The online school offers personalized, live classes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with teachers who are all native English speakers. The company offers its classes to students all over Latin America – including Brazil, to the Spanish-speaking community in the United States, and it has begun reaching audiences in Spain.
Open English has offices in Miami, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Caracas and Buenos Aires. Open English’s growth over the last three years has been impressive: In 2010, Open English had 5,000 students, in 2011 more than 20,000 and by the close of 2012 it had added 30,000 more students. Open English today has a cumulative base surpassing the 400,000 students, with over 70,000 currently enrolled in the program.