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Pearson Catalyst to 'incubate' start-ups

Pearson has launched what it has called an "incubator" programme to help education start-up companies "break through on a global scale".

The company is calling the programme Pearson Catalyst and its aim is to identify promising education start-up businesses which have the same attitudes and ethos towards global education as Pearson does.

Once identified, the companies will be matched with Pearson brands and offered access to Pearson resources and product experts to deliver pilot programmes.

The start-ups should have been running for less than three years and be "dynamic" and "technology-centric" with a mix of talent, that have products ready for launch in the market.

Diana Stepner, head of Future Technologies at Pearson, said: "Pearson Catalyst reflects our desire to be more open and work with forward-thinking companies to solve the biggest challenges in global education. We believe the future of learning is digital, personal and driven by data—and bringing together Pearson and start-ups is the perfect combination to build the best future of education today."

Pearson Catalyst will incubate and accelerate up to 10 teams of founders for at least three months starting in mid-April.

Interested businesses can apply by emailing future_tech@pearson.com.