Together with Emerge Education, we're looking for fresh ideas from students, as well as products from startups and established companies, that have the potential to benefit the further and higher education sector.
The edtech launchpad is split into three parts:
- Student ideas competition: for students who have an idea but have not yet developed it
- Edtech startups competition: for teams who have an edtech product and need help getting it in front of people in universities and colleges
- Accelerator: for companies delivering a service to one or two institutions and are looking to expand to deliver to others
Our annual student ideas competition, previously known as the Summer of Student Innovation, is designed to find innovative technology solutions to improve education, research and student life, often based on their own experiences. Previous winning ideas aimed to solve big problems in the education sector that the students had themselves faced.
We welcome UK-based students or teams from:
- Sixth form colleges (16 years+)
- Further education colleges
- Apprenticeship providers
You can follow the conversation on Twitter using #studentideas.
We were looking for early-stage startups who needed help getting their market-ready edtech product seen by universities and colleges.
Nine startups pitched their idea to a panel of expert judges to bag up to £10,000 per company, and earn expert advice to improve their products to benefit students and institutions alike.
Thanks to all of the entrants who pitched at Digifest 2018. The winning startups are:
The accelerator is aimed at startups with a small number of paying customers.
Successful applicants will receive up to £30,000 equity investment (subject to terms and conditions) as well as detailed mentorship, from Jisc, Emerge and industry experts, to help them grow and secure further investment.
The accelerator competition will open in 2018 to all startups, as well as successful companies from the previous stage.
Companies taking part in our accelerator could have a significant impact on our members and become suppliers of essential services. By developing relationships with them in the early stages, we can steer them in the right direction to ensure they meet the needs of the further and higher education sectors. We can also mitigate risks and provide reassurance to members when they're buying products from startups.
How this will help you
- Student taking part in the ideas competition will have a valuable opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and make useful contacts as well as enriching their CV
- The students in the winning teams will participate in a residential design sprint with other teams, experts and mentors
Jisc members (further education and higher education)
Why this matters: the growth of edtech
Edtech is now undergoing a period of unprecedented growth, with significant investment flowing into startup ventures.
Global spend on education is $6trillion, and is growing at 7% annually. In 2015 Edtech UK estimated the global educational technology sector was worth £45billion. This is projected to grow to £128billion by 2020 owing to the many opportunities for digital transformation and the global trends (such as the world's ageing population, shortage of qualified teachers, transformational technologies such as artificial intelligence) that will shape these opportunities for decades to come.
Project partner: Emerge Education
We're working with Emerge Education who have a successful track record at helping startups develop into sustainable companies that meet the needs of schools, universities and colleges.
Combining our contacts in the further and higher education sector with Emerge’s extensive contacts in the startup world makes us ideal partners.
We're looking for technology ideas from students that would make life better for learners, teaching staff and researchers in the UK.
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