Access Europe’s top educational institutions, entrepreneurs and investors

Next Selection Panel: 28th February 2018

The Programme

Emerge Education is a London based seed investor and edtech network dedicated to help startups improve educational outcomes worldwide

The network and services are 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.


Business development

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

Our Network

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.

SBS-SQ-logo-WEB-RGBSaïd 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_logoTES 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.

TSRThe Student Room is where students connect. Home to more than 1.4 million members, TSR is by far the largest student community in the world. It is a thriving community of students supporting each other with everything from GCSEs through to jobs.

The Student Room aim to support Emerge Education ventures in the following ways:

      • Expertise: Provide expertise in the form of workshops or mentorship about areas such as search engine optimization, conversion optimization and community management;
      • Usability testing: Provide relevant startups with the ability to utilise the usability lab at TSR’s Brighton offices;
      • Surveys: Provide relevant startups with the ability to send appropriate survey questions to subsections of TSR’s users, to help validate startups’ business hypotheses and to gain valuable data for both the startup and TSR;
      • Investment and partnership pitches: Provide startups the opportunity to pitch TSR for investment and/or channel partnership during the programme.
1187Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second-oldest. It is a department of the University of Oxford and is governed by a group of 15 academics appointed by the Vice-Chancellor known as the Delegates of the Press.

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.

imgres-2Eton 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.

The Startups

Current Cohort

Datazar provides one platform to store, analyse and collaborate on data
Enroly is a peer to peer student recruitment platform for Higher Education
Edval use smart timetabling to save schools money and increase teacher satisfaction
UK's most popular tech camps and courses
Edacy increases employment by providing African graduates with apprenticeships and online training
Unispotter connects students directly with the study programme that is right for them

Past Cohorts

Qintil allows employers to stay compliant and employees to demonstrate their learnings, even when they move jobs.
Pi-Top | The worlds first 3D printable build it yourself laptop
Easy Peasy reduces the school readiness gap by providing game ideas to parents
Avrio create mobile device management software for schools
Stackbox | virtual fairs enable institutions to connect and interact first-hand with students, agents and partners globally
Unitu | An entirely new way to listen and engage with the student voice
Meducation | Educational social network for medical professionals
Learned By Me is no longer operational. They closed their doors in mid 2014
A Tale Unfolds | utilising video to accelerate literacy
Linguese | Chinese lessons with native teachers
Teacherin connects schools directly with their chosen supply teachers, removing expensive agencies fees.
The Faster, Easier and Smarter Way to Plan and Deliver Teaching
Crehana is a project-based learning platform for spanish speaking, creative professionals
Linqapp is an instant translation service. Speak to a native language speaker at exactly the moment you need to
Coursedot is a multi-tiered market place for all IT training solutions
Traincamp | spotify for learning
Boolino is the BookAdvisor for children’s books and other educational and entertainment content.
Diagnostic Questions | Provides a quick and accurate snap-shot of a whole class' understanding of a topic.
Ncite | Edcuational, experiential games. They have created Tetra; an app that teaches you music without an instrument
OB3 | A beautiful web app for online study. Create media rich documents to be shared, discussed and annotated
Student Funder | Crowdfunding platform for student loans
Bibblio | Smarter content discovery for publishers and platforms
A cute, effective chatbot that helps users learn Korean, Japanese and Chinese.
Slack for Education. Ublend is an inspiring space to communicate, collaborate, and share class material.
LearnCube | create your own language school
Drum Roll | making games with purpose
Filisia aims to change the way people with autism, learning disabilities, or those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries or stroke are rehabilitated.
Lexicum | Personalised vocab acquisition
Open Simulation is creating a suite of low cost simulation tools for surgeons to learn and practice surgical skills
Gameplan | maps a personalised learning path to your career
Primo | Toy Makers 3.0. Smart toys that teach
Doodle Maths | UK's Best-Selling Primary Maths App
Edhub | Born as a single sign-on for schools, they have recently pivoted to providing e-commerce stores with information services
Nursery Book | Progress tracking for nursery schools
MakerClub is the UK's largest network of educational makerspaces.
Wonde allows schools to integrate data intensive apps with their data management platform in a secure way.
Peergrade enhances the learning environment for students by facilitating peer evaluations.
Provision Tracker is a platform enabling schools to effectively measure the cost and impact of their provisions and resources
Howdo is building the home of lifelong learners. Thye surface and curate the best offline learning events near you
Edurio | allows schools to collect feedback, carry out self-assessment, manage classroom observations & share best practices
Learn Forward | An open-source authoring tool for a new breed of digital textbooks
Recurrence | Gamified business case studies use data from real companies, enabling students to step into the shoes of leadership
Ellumia | A mobile learning platform
Sixth Domain | behavior management for primary and secondary schools


Should we incorporate a company before applying?
No. If you have not already incorporated your company, we recommend that you wait to do so because it’s easier to start with our standard paperwork.


We’ve been working on our startup for a while. Is Emerge Education appropriate for us?
We will consider companies that already have significant traction and revenue before they apply to Emerge Education. The mentoring, networking, distribution, and testing provided in our program create value for most early stage companies.


We’ve already raised some funding. Can we still apply?
Most startups enter the programme having raised some capital, however it is by no means a prerequisite.
What funding do we get if selected?
Each startup receives £40k-£100k investment. The amount of money invested and the valuation is decided on a case by case basis.
What does Emerge Education get?
We take 3-8% equity in your startup. If you want more details, please read our term sheet:


Why the range of 3-8%?
In most cases we will take 8% in your startup. We evaluate each startup on a case by case basis. Factors such as founder experience, previous money raised, traction etc. will influence the decision.


Do we need to submit a business plan?
A business plan is not necessary, all the information we need is covered in the application form.


I have a great idea for a startup, but I’m not technical. Will you still fund me?
If your solution is largely built on tech, we would strongly recommend that you have a full-time developer in your team.


Do we need to move to London?
Nothing is set in stone, but we strongly advise all startups to be in London for the majority of the programme to maximise the value they can get. The most important parts to be present in London are the initial fourteen days, and the two last weeks including Demo Day.


Do we have to be UK citizens?
No, as long as you get here for at least three months. We don’t provide visas, but we are an official Endorser of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa:
Do we have to start a company in the UK for you to invest in us?

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.

Do we need to have a proven idea before applying?

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.

Are you hiring?
We are always looking for great people to work with us. Drop Lucy a line on, and tell her how you would like to get involved.


Are you looking for investors?



If you would like more information on the accelerator, or support with the application, please contact

Drop by our co-working space, dedicated to Education startups: Edspace, Block D, Hackney Community College, Falkirk Street, London N1 6HQ.

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