accelerator Start-up student ideas

Introducing Edtech Launchpad


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Edtech Launchpad is about supporting students, start-ups and companies to develop new edtech ideas.  Its split into three parts:

  • Student ideas competition open to all UK students 16+, judged in categories schools, colleges, universities – Summer 2018 – register your interest now. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #studentideas
  • Running for the fourth time our start-ups competition open to early-stage startups, as well as successful teams from the ideas competition who have a market-ready product – Spring 2018 – Find out about the startups selected following our 2017 competition. 
  • New this year is the accelerator is aimed at startups, worldwide, with a small number of paying customers- 2018

We want to identify and work with students, as well as products from startups and established companies, that have the potential to benefit the further and higher education sector.

Taking part in the competitions will help develop entrepreneurial and employability skills as well as offering the chance to access further support.

All successful entrants will receive coaching and mentoring from both Jisc and Emerge Education,our partners in this project, to further develop their ideas and products.  Start-ups will also be eligible for equity funding.

We think companies taking part in our accelerator could have a significant impact on our members and become suppliers of essential services.

By developing relationships and working with them in their 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.

We’re excited to think of the fresh ideas that will be entered into this years competitions.



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