We’re looking for early-stage startups with a product that could improve UK education and research who need help getting their market-ready edtech product ready to be seen by universities and colleges.
About the competition
Successful applicants will receive up to £10,000 worth of mentorship from Jisc, Emerge Education and a small group of industry experts to help develop your product and find your market niche.
You may also have access to up to £5,000 grant funding and additional focused support worth £5,000 (grant funding and additional support subject to terms and conditions).
How to enter
To apply, complete our form to tell us about your product by 17:00 on Monday 21 January 2019.
You may want to include a link to a short video pitch as part of your submission. This will need to be hosted on YouTube or in a public file store.
Check your eligibility
- The competition is open to small educational technology startups in the UK (must be a registered UK company or team members resident in the UK)
- The product must already exist (beta or minimum viable product acceptable) and be ready for use in an organisation
- The product must address learning and teaching needs
- The team must be able to participate in a six month startup programme in the UK (from May to November 2019)
Check for similar products
We want to encourage a wide range of ideas but if your idea is too similar to an existing product it may not be accepted.
To ensure your product is unique, you may like to take a look at some of the ideas which have already been submitted.
Our 2018 competition winners were:
Write a clear and concise summary
We recommend you begin by writing a clear and concise summary of your product. You may want to consider including the following details:
- The problem your product will solve
- Who it will benefit and how (remembering that our focus is on learning and teaching in the higher education, further education and skills sectors)
- Your business model
- The current status of your product
- Your team
Shortlisiting and winner selection
After the competition deadline, we’ll evaluate every idea then invite the top ten teams to Digifest 2019.
Here, you will pitch your idea to a panel of experts and have the opportunity to present it to Digifest delegates, before five winners are chosen.
How will my information be used?
All contact information will be used only for the administration of this competition. Any information submitted will be used solely by Jisc and our partner, Emerge Education, to inform you of details relating to the edtech launchpad. Emerge Education will have their own privacy notice covering what they do with your personal data. Your personal information will not be shared with any other organisations.
Terms and conditions
By submitting your entry you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions. You are also agreeing that you comply with the eligibility criteria stated above.
Any teams that are subsequently chosen to receive grant funding will be expected to adhere to the Jisc terms and conditions of funding for projects.
Once your entry has been submitted it will be subject to an approval process. Approval will be judged against eligibility criteria and the submission criteria. If your entry is rejected you will be provided with the reasons behind the rejection. There is no appeal process relating to that final decision.
Entries will be reviewed by a panel and up to ten companies will be invited to pitch at Digifest 2019 where interviews will be held to select five companies to join the startup programme.
Companies selected for the startup programme will agree to the participation and reporting requirements of the programme. Details of the programme will be made available to successful entrants.