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Emerge has gathered the brightest
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The Emerge Education team

Jan Lynn-Matern
Jan Lynn-Matern

Founder & Partner

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I founded Emerge Education in response to the lack of capital available for exceptional entrepreneurs in Europe innovating in learning and work. If you are an investor and like the sound of what we do, speak to me.
Nic Newman
Nic Newman

Partner

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I co-founded and exited a 300-person company called Tigerspike. At Emerge Education, I draw on my operational experience to design and implement growth services for the founders.
Mary Curnock Cook
Mary Curnock Cook

Network Chair

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Passionate about Higher Education, I'm ex-CEO of UCAS, and hold advisory positions at organisations like The Open University & the Student Loans Company. At Emerge I convene my network to further innovation in HE.
Lucy Lynn-Matern
Lucy Lynn-Matern

Principal

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I source and select the most exciting companies at Emerge Education. If you are an entrepreneur wondering what we can do for you, contact me
Mario Barosevcic
Mario Barosevcic

Principal

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I select and facilitate investments in the most promising companies and monitor our portfolio. Talk to me if you’d like to know how we make our decisions or if you want to co-invest
Alexander Iosad
Alexander Iosad

Head of Engagement

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A researcher by background, I'm responsible for building out our network. If you'd like to join the discussion on how to best support, train and teach learners and workers, talk to me
Annamária Kiraly
Annamária Kiraly

Research Operations

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Having run event businesses for the last 10 years, I support event logistics and special research projects

Fund Advisors

Expert entrepreneurs who have invested in our fund

John Danner
John Danner

MD, Dunce Capital

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I created the highest performing low-income school system in California, and now fund fast growing companies like Lamda and Outschool
Rob Cohen
Rob Cohen

Senior Advisor, 2U & Trilogy Education

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Founder, CFO and investor in some of the most successful learning technology companies such as 2U and Trilogy Education
Wayne Houlden
Wayne Houlden

Founder, Janison

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I founded Janison, a publicly listed company that provides online assessment and learning platforms, used by millions of test-takers and learners worldwide
Steve Goldenberg
Steve Goldenberg

Founder & CPO, Interfolio

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I founded Interfolio, a faculty information system, acquired in 2018, now serving over 300 college and university customers

Sector Experts

Industry leaders who support our alumni

Higher Education

Sell into universities

Mary Curnock Cook
Mary Curnock Cook

f. CEO, UCAS

As former CEO of UCAS, Mary has deep knowledge of and networks in the UK university sector.
Andy McGregor
Andy McGregor

Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, Jisc

Andy is responsible for Jisc’s engagement with innovative edtech. Jisc is an organisation that provides software and digital infrastructure to most of the UK HE and FE sector.
Ben Sowter
Ben Sowter

Director at QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Having led the team behind the QS World University Rankings for over a decade, Ben is a leading expert on comparative performance in international higher education

Learners

Acquire millions of users

Jamie Brooker
Jamie Brooker

Co-founder, Kahoot!

Jamie uses design thinking to build and scale products to have real impact on people's lives. He co-founded Kahoot!, used by millions of learners every day.
Itamar Lesuisse
Itamar Lesuisse

Co-founder, Peak

Itamar Lesuisse co-founded Peak, a mobile cognitive training platform with more than 25 millions users, acquired by Hachette Livre in December 2016.
Bernard Niesner
Bernard Niesner

Co-founder & CEO, busuu

Bernhard has built the world’s largest social network for language learning, with over 70m users.

Publishers

Partner with publishers

Chris Bromley
Chris Bromley

Group Strategy Director, Oxford University Press

Chris oversees the long term strategy of one of the world’s largest academic publishers.
Stephen Warshaw
Stephen Warshaw

Chairman, Education Services Sector

Stephen has had a long career in professional publishing and information including CEO positions at MediMedia, Informa plc, Reed Elsevier plc, and Oxford University Press.
Ben Kaube
Ben Kaube

f. Product Development Director, Elsevier

Ben’s expertise lies at the intersection of digital technology with academic publishing, having founded research media monitoring company Newsflo, acquired by RELX/Elsevier.

Enterprise

Understand industry needs

Nic Newman
Nic Newman

Co-founder, Tigerspike

Prior to Emerge Education, Nic co-founded Tigerspike, which built digital solutions for global brands like Timeout, Emirates and the Economist. The team grew Tigerspike to 300 people before exiting to Concentrix.
Volker Hirsch
Volker Hirsch

f. CSO, Scoreloop

Volker brings a wealth of experience building, scaling and exiting B2B technology businesses, with particular expertise in the gamification of education.
Barrie Heptonstall
Barrie Heptonstall

Enterprise Sales Lead, IBM

Barrie is a serial edtech angel investor, and through his work at IBM brings expertise in high-touch, high-tech enterprise sales.

Partners

We are backed by some of the largest distribution channels in education

Cambridge Assessment
Cambridge Assessment is an international exams group designing & delivering assessments to 8m+ learners in 170 countries
Jisc
Jisc provides digital services, resources and infrastructure to most of UK’s colleges and universities
QTONE
Nesta is an innovation foundation seeded by a £250m endowment, with a focus on learning & future of work
Jisc
Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK's universities, most of which are members
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is the oldest & 2nd largest university press in the world

Co-Investors

Some of the VCs and institutions who have invested into our portfolio companies

Rethink Education

Learn Capital

Local Globe

Stride VC

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