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EE8 | September to November 2017
Emerge Education is a 3 month, London based accelerator programme for startups aiming to improve educational outcomes worldwide
The Programme is appropriate for edtech startups that span all stages of development: from functional prototypes to those with more significant traction seeking to expand into the UK market.
Beta Testing & Accelerated customer acquisition tailored to your business model
We have built a specific mentor group for startups that target learners directly. This group includes key players such as Bernhard Niesner (CEO, Busuu), Ben Whately (COO, Memrise), and Jan Reichelt (Co-Founder and President, Mendeley), all entrepreneurs who have scaled products to millions of learners.
Through a partnership with TSL Education, the world’s largest online teacher network, we provide our teacher-focused start-ups unprecedented access to those that matter most – teachers themselves. Their honest feedback will help you develop your ideas, testing your products quickly and directly with your target market.
For B2B startups, we have built a community of early adopters who are eager to test your products. You will interact with them via office hours, and private demo events. The group includes schools & school chains, further education providers and corporates.
Access to senior management within industry-leading businesses who could act as potential distributors or partners, including publishers, school enterprise software, and resellers. Check out our Innovation Partners to discover some of the companies you will be able to leverage.
Access to investment
We work with the most sought-after VCs and Angels in London, giving the accepted startups a seamless way of connecting to investors through regular office hours, demo events, and investor lunches. During the programme we will run office hours with angels and VCs, which then culminates in a demo day attended by representatives across from UK’s entire investment network. In 2 years of operation, Emerge Education startups have raised over £9m.
The Emerge Community
The Emerge Alumni is fast becoming a powerful network in its own right. Founders can offer advice on how to fundraise, how to sell to teachers, hen to take or leave advice, as they have all been there and done that. Connect with the likes of Bibblio who are closing customers such as the BBC and National Geographic, Diagnostic Questions who are in 45% of UK secondary schools, or DoodleMaths who have passed 1m downloads. Join them, the current cohort and the core Emerge team for a series of events, dinners with celebrated founders, socials, and be part of a tight group of edtech focused peers who will become your fiercest supporters in these early years.
3 x Desks at Edspace
Edspace is UK’s hub for education innovation. Tenants include two fledgling school chains, educational charities as well as fast growing edtech startups. Located in Hackney Community College in central London.
Initial Investment of £40k-£100k
Below are a taste of the organisations we partner with: they provide our startups with the resources required to scale quickly and sustainably. In turn Emerge Education enables the Innovation Partners access to the newest, most disruptive technologies in education, giving them a better understanding of the latest education trends.
Saïd Business School is an academic department and the business school of the University of Oxford in England. It is the University of Oxford’s centre of learning for undergraduate and graduate students in business, management and finance. Emerge Education’s parent company, Emerge Venture Lab was borne from Saïd Business School’s incubator and they still support the company by giving Emerge access to it’s faculty as well as to it’s connections within education.
TES exists to drive up standards of education by putting the right teachers in the right jobs and giving them the tools to be the very best that they can be. With over 5.5 million registered online users in over 274 countries and territories, it is the largest online network of teachers in the world. TES, in their mission to position themselves as the hub of thought leadership for the teaching profession, wan’t to be able to introduce the innovations from Emerge Education’s startups to their teacher community.
The Student Room aim to support Emerge Education ventures in the following ways:
Emerge works with OUP to provide an opportunity to present the new cohort and to talk about the benefits of partnering with OUP, with topics including publishing, OUP’s APIs, partnership opportunities and investment opportunities.
Eton College is an independent boarding school of the highest reputation and a leading provider of secondary education. As such, the school represents a community of best-in-class educators striving to lead in innovation and excellence in education. Through partnering with Emerge, Eton College seeks to gain intimate access to the leading education entrepreneurs in the UK, Europe and worldwide and an opportunity to promote its brand both within the Emerge community of educators, entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts and externally.
Most startups enter the programme having raised some capital, however it is by no means a prerequisite.
Yes, but that’s usually not a problem. It’s easy for foreign nationals to start UK companies (much easier than remaining here physically), and investors and acquirers prefer them.
We expect you to apply with a compelling idea relevant to the education market. That said, we are looking for nimble teams that can pivot as needed, and team strength is a priority in our selection process.