Six start-ups shortlisted for EdTech pitch-off

Six start-ups shortlisted for EdTech pitch-off

Start-ups behind the world’s largest video library for education, an online classroom wall, and an online tutoring resource, are among the six businesses that will take part in a live pitch off at the EdTech for Publishers Conference, being held on 2nd December as part of FutureBook 2016, Europe’s largest digital publishing conference.

The six shortlisted businesses are Pobble, which allows teachers to showcase children’s work on an ‘online classroom wall’; Whizz Education, which partners with parents, schools, ministries of education and aid organisations to raise standards in maths for children through online individualised tutoring, teacher-led digital resources and application of best practices; ToucanTech, which builds community software for schools, universities and companies, giving institutions the power to manage all alumni and community relations in one place; DoodleMaths, a learning system which improves children’s confidence and ability in maths, using adaptive algorithms that mimic the actions of a good tutor; boclips, the world’s largest video library for education making it easy for education providers to find, license and use video content from some of the largest and most respected content owners in the world; and TeachPitch, a cloud-based learning platform that helps teachers and schools identify the best online resources available.

Each start-up will pitch for four minutes in front of five judges, with the winning business to receive a financial prize of £1,500, provided by McGraw-Hill Education. The winner will be announced at the end of the FutureBook Conference.

Justin Smith, founder and chief executive of the Educational App Store and co-founder of the EdTech Exchange, said: “The quality of the entrants to this year’s PitchEd competition are outstanding, reinforcing that London is truly becoming one of world’s leading hubs for innovation and creativity, when it comes to Education Technology.”

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and programme director for FutureBook, said: “We decided to run the EdTech conference within the FutureBook Conference precisely because we wanted early-stage start-ups to mingle with established content providers and publishers, the live pitch-off achieves that with ideas as innovative as they are ambitious. I look forward to see them all at the event and learning a bit more about tomorrow’s education resources.”

Tickets are still available for the FutureBook Conference and the EdTech for Publishers event. Details can be had here.