Edtech startups are innovators. A growing number of them are taking highly creative approaches to solving the big strategic issues facing universities and colleges, such as improving student experience. Working with a startup while its solution is still in development brings institutions opportunities to influence and shape a product around their own particular needs.
However, choosing to partner with an untried organisation can feel risky. That’s why we’ve partnered with Emerge Education, a leading seed investor for edtech startups, to develop step up – a healthcheck for startups.
You can engage confidently with a startup that has passed our step up check, knowing that some due diligence has been carried out and its solution is procurement ready.
How startups are assessed
Step up evaluates startups against robust criteria and – to those who meet the standard – it awards an "assessed by Jisc" badge at two levels:
- Those with solutions that are ready for pilots or a staged roll-out
- Those with solutions judged to be ready for full scale implementation
Cut to the chase and meet the people who’ll share your vision. Step up aims to make it easier for universities and colleges to embark on innovative projects with startups. It is designed to lessen the perceived risk and enable startups to reach the people you need to talk to.
Step up offers a range of benefits for startups who meet the criteria, including:
- Speeding up procurement processes with a simple healthcheck assessment
- Improving visibility to decision-makers with an “assessed by Jisc” badge and comprehensive report
- Providing access to a community of senior leaders in the sector through exclusive networking events
UK-based edtech startups with a product that could improve UK education and research who want help to get their market-ready solution seen by universities and colleges.
How much does it cost?
The step up programme costs £175+VAT per month (minimum 12 months) for start up companies in the UK. This includes:
- A healthcheck - comprehensive advice and practical support to meet assessment criteria developed together with university procurement, legal, and IT experts
- Visibility - companies that successfully pass the evaluation criteria receive a comprehensive report and can display the “assessed by Jisc” badge, improving their visibility to sector leaders
- Access - invitation to exhibit at annual showcase events, and opportunities to participate in exclusive networking events with key institutional decision-makers.
If you are not a UK-based company but have the resource and want to expand into the UK market, please apply and we will set up a consultation call to discuss the programme and pricing.
Spot startups with proven potential and follow our guidance on developing a partnership with a startup that benefits both parties.
Step up will run events for senior leaders in universities and colleges, looking at how to kickstart digital innovation with startups and engineering opportunities to meet step up approved edtech startups in a no pressure, no sales context.
Institutions are already building relationships with startups, including:
- Coventry University and Aula - a fresh take on student engagement (pdf)
- Swansea University and Unitu - supercharging the student feedback loop (pdf)
- University of Roehampton and BibliU - any time, anywhere access to e-textbooks (pdf)
Jisc and Emerge Education
Jisc’s detailed knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing HE and FE, and Emerge Education’s role as a leading provider of seed funding and business advice to edtech startups, mean that, together, we’re uniquely placed to encourage innovation in the sector.
We’ve been helped and guided by a steering group of representatives from 29 UK institutions.