Jisc and Emerge Education have relaunched step up, an innovation community that aims to transform higher and further education by matching edtech start ups with colleges and universities to solve their biggest challenges.
A top list of recommended startups has been released – these new ventures are set to tackle the sector’s five biggest challenges: digital learning, assessment, employability, wellbeing and recruitment. The challenges were first identified by Jisc and Emerge Education’s series of 2020 reports, from fixes to foresights.
The step up programme is designed to support colleges and universities to quickly and easily choose robust edtech startups that suit budgets, will smoothly pass procurement processes, and will encourage a culture of innovation.
Sue Attewell, head of edtech at Jisc, says:
“Our mission with step up is to sustain an innovation-driven community that will transform higher and further education with technology. The step up assessment process means that colleges and universities are able to easily filter, select and engage with startups that will be the best fit for them.
"Our ongoing research continues to identify the biggest challenges faced by UK institutions, and our vetted top 20 list of start ups will be refreshed annually, to reflect sector needs. We look forward to supporting their work going forward.”
Nic Newman, partner at Emerge Education, comments:
"The Emerge and Jisc higher education edtech advisory board, chaired by Mary Curnock Cook, identified that one of the biggest barriers for universities to adopt innovative start ups is insufficient market information and the risk and cost of selection. Step up was co-designed with the UK higher education sector to solve these problems for universities. It is clear from Jisc’s learning and teaching reimagined report, that there has never been a greater desire for innovation, and we are excited to relaunch step up as one of the key tools to help achieve this."
The step up startups ready to support the sector
- Aula: delivering engaging online classes
- Bibliu: bringing textbooks to life
- Blackbullion: helping universities to build student’s financial capability
- Enroly: simplifying and making post-acceptance administration secure
- Examity: online proctoring
- Fika: mainstreaming mental fitness
- Fourth Rev: driving employability in the digital community
- Handshake: powering university employability offices
- Inkpath: lifelong skills and career development platform
- Interfolio: making faculty specific scholarly data instantly actionable
- Morressier: providing virtual conference solutions
- Note Taking Express: advanced note-taking solutions
- Open Campus: drupal-based campus management solution
- Peergrade: facilitating peer feedback sessions with students
- Riipen: cloud-based “Future of Work” experiential learning platform
- Stucomm: providing students with the right information, at the right time, via the right channel
- Unibuddy: helping students thrive through sharing their experience
- Unitu: helping universities and student unions to deliver faster improvements to the student experience
- Virtual Internships: a virtual internship program that combines real work experience with a comprehensive learning and training program
- Uniwise: helping universities deliver secure and accessible digital assessment
Find out more
- Learn more about step up and how to join the community
- Read our report: Can edtech startups can solve the challenges faced by UK universities?
- Read the latest “from fixes to foresights” reports on digital learning, assessment and employability (wellbeing and recruitment reports coming in 2021)
- Read learning and teaching reimagined: a new dawn for higher education?