After a final pitch competition, the Open Education Challenge has announced nine winning edtech startups. The award consists of an invitation to join the inaugural European Incubator for Innovation in Education.
The Open Education Challenge set out to identify the top education startups and provide them with the support and funding necessary to make a significant impact in the education sphere, particularly in Europe. From the over 600 applications received, the panel of evaluators painstakingly narrowed the field down to 20 finalists. Eighteen teams made it to Barcelona for the Finalists’ Workshop, where they pitched their projects to a European Jury chaired by Lord David Puttnam.
“Entrepreneurship has a very real role in education”, said Lord Puttnam. “What is challenging is ensuring that the ethos of education - the values of education, the things that actually make education different from commerce - are protected and preserved, at the same time as using the many things the commercial world can teach us in terms of moving ahead, advancing, and using technology intelligently and well.”
The Jury selected nine teams to participate in the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, which starts in September 2014 and offers the following benefits:
- up to 20,000€ of initial seed funding and access to the Open Education Investment Club
- a blended incubation programme consisting of personalized online coaching and mentoring as well as group training sessions taking place in four of Europe’s innovation hubs: London, Paris, Berlin, and Helsinki
- the support of Europe’s top experts in education, technology and entrepreneurship
The winning teams
- Cubes Coding (Finland/Greece)
- Domoscio (France)
- FunBrush (Poland)
- GroupMOOC (UK)
- Klap (Spain)
- LearnWorlds (Greece)
- Learning 2.0 (India)
- Talkso (Belgium)
- Think with Things (Belgium)
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