The Accelerator For Education Startups
Emerge Education is a 3-month, London-based accelerator programme for startups intending to improve educational outcomes worldwide. On top of a £15K living stipend, selected companies will receive:
> Accelerated customer acquisition: Our accelerator is designed to support education startups with customer acquisition.
We have built a specific mentor group for startups targeting learners directly. This group includes 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 are planning to give our teacher-focused start-ups unprecedented access to those that matter most – teachers themselves. Their honest feedback will help you develop your ideas and test 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.
> 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.
We also provide selected applicants with a series of community events, such as dinners with famous founders, a jobs fair, socials and a group of peers who will become your fiercest supporters over the next few years.
COO of Memrise, helping humans to experience the remarkable power of their brains. He’s got a Psychology degree in Oxford, founded several startups, and spent 5 years in rural China teaching himself Chinese.
Education data evangelist. He co-founded Arbor Education after spending time as an analyst and corporate venture manager, and can’t wait until education has caught up with the digital age.
Serial founder, loves mobile and gamification. Advisor, Board member, Chairman at Cognisess. Raised and exited. Succeeded and failed.
Commodity trader and business builder turned social finance entrepreneur and angel investor. Co-founder of SASC, trustee at RoundhouseLDN, and racing driver.
20 years of EdTech experience in startup, SME, and corporate settings. Passionate about the intersection of education, digital technology and entrepreneurship. Loves Lean Startup. Always Learning!
Non-Exec Chairman & main shareholder of The Student Room Group (now 8.5 million visitors/month). Online marketer, former CEO & passionate entrepreneur. 15 years on Boards of busy consumer-facing websites.
Heads up strategy and takes care of growing and maintaining Emerge’s investor and partner networks. Founded Emerge Venture Lab in his final year at Oxford. Loves playing the piano.
Hunts EdTech startups for a living. Former consultant at the Skoll Centre, Said Business School(Oxford), SSES White Label Graduate, teacher, and Ghanaian village chief.
Keeps the whole show running. Special interest in product and UX tinkering. Former lawyer, Ancient Greek and Latin geek and trans-European cyclist.
The human version of Google translate. Russian & Italian student at Oxford University. Former language teacher and ravenous Techcrunch reader.
Coordinates the startups during their time on the programme. Former President of AIESEC UK and passionate about travel, networks and evolving education.
Edhub | single sign-on for schools
Ellumia | social mobile learning platform
Learned By Me | online language tutors
Lexicum | personalised vocab acquisition
NurseryBook | progress tracking for nursery schools
Sixth Domain | behavior management for primary and secondary schools.
Meducation | educational social network for medical professionals
Student Funder | crowdfunding platform for student loans
The programme runs twice per year, starting in January and August.
Location: Camden Collective, London.