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Emerge Education is a 3-month, London-based accelerator programme for startups aiming to improve educational outcomes worldwide.

Applications for the January 2015 cohort have now closed.

Applications for our July accelerator will open in May 2015.


Successful applicants will receive:



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 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 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.

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.

The Startups


Edhub | single sign-on for schools
Ellumia | mobile learning platform
Learned By Me | online language tutors
Lexicum | personalised vocab acquisition
Sixth Domain | behavior management for primary and secondary schools.
Meducation | educational social network for medical professionals

Student Funder | crowdfunding platform for student loans

Nursery Book | Progress tracking for nursery schools.

Current Cohort

A Tale Unfolds | utilising video to accelerate literacy
Bibblio | the greatest library of free quality learning materials
Drum Roll | making games with purpose
LearnCube | create your own language school
Orientalmente | Chinese lessons with native teachers
Piper | play Minecraft, build electronics

Primo | Toy Makers 3.0 – smart toys that teach


How do we become part of Emerge Education?

Apply online before 17th November  for the programme starting January 2015.

The programme runs twice per year, starting in January and August.

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?


What funding do we get if selected?
Each startup will receive a £15K stipend for the programme.


What does Emerge Education get?
We take 3-8% equity in your startup and an option to participate in up to 20% (cash value) of your next investment round at a 20% discount to the next best investor. 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 may deviate from this in rare cases and within the range, where a selected startup has taken significant investment money before.


What if we’re building something that takes longer than 3 months?
If we select you, the goal will be to build a compelling prototype or demo to raise money from appropriate investors. It’s better to launch a product before Demo Day if possible, but it’s not a must.


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 you require a video in your application?
Yes, this is a must-have. You can upload it to YouTube or elsewhere. Please follow the video guidelines.


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 have partnered with Migreat, a unique and powerful tool that can help you find the easiest way to enter the UK.
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 Marc marc@emergeventurelab.com a line, and tell him 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 lucy@emerge.education

Send all other enquiries to inside@emergeventurelab.com

Visit Emerge Education at our co-working space in Camden:

1st floor, Centro 3
19 Mandela St

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