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The Emerge team

Jan Lynn-Matern
Jan Lynn-Matern

CEO

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I founded Emerge Education in response to the lack of capital available for exceptional edtech entrepreneurs in Europe. 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.
Jan Reichelt
Jan Reichelt

Director

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I co-founded Mendeley, a reference manager used by 5m researchers. We sold it to Elsevier as Europe’s largest edtech exit. Today, I help oversee the investment process for Emerge Education.
Lucy Lynn-Matern
Lucy Lynn-Matern

Venture hunter

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I source investment opportunities for Emerge Education, speaking to over 1,000 edtech founders a year. If you are an entrepreneur interested in one of our programmes, I’m the woman to talk to.
Mario Barosevcic
Mario Barosevcic

Investment manager

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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 select companies or if you want to co-invest.
Alexander Iosad
Alexander Iosad

Project manager

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A researcher by background, I am responsible for special projects and building out our educator network. If you are an educator or involved in policy, talk to me.
Annamária Kiraly
Annamária Kiraly

Operations manager

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Having run event businesses for the last 10 years, I ensure everything runs smoothly for our founders, from booking outstanding speakers to securing the most useful discounts.

Venture Partners

Experts who invest both time and money into your startup.

Mary Curnock Cook
Mary Curnock Cook

f. CEO, UCAS

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As former CEO of UCAS, Mary has deep knowledge of and networks in the UK university sector, working closely with her founders to open doors to key decision-makers.
Tom Hatton
Tom Hatton

Founder, RefMe

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After growing refME to over 1m university students and selling to GEMS Education, Tom supports the growth of selected startups innovating in higher education.
Obum Ekeke
Obum Ekeke

Head of Computing Education Programs, UK & Africa, Google

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Ben’s expertise lies at the intersection of digital technology with academic publishing, having founded research media monitoring company Newsflo (acquired by RELX/Elsevier in 2015).
Jamie Brooker
Jamie Brooker

Co-founder, Kahoot!

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Jamie draws on his experience at Kahoot! to support his founders in designing delightful user experiences and building strong, learner-focused brands.
Richard McGrath
Richard McGrath

f. President, Espresso

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Richard is expert at building global B2B subscription businesses, working with his founders to develop repeatable customer acquisition channels into education.
Volker Hirsch
Volker Hirsch

f. CSO, Scoreloop

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Volker brings a wealth of experience building, scaling and exiting B2B technology businesses to his founders, with particular expertise in the gamification of education
James Weatherill
James Weatherill

Co-founder & CEO, Arbor Education

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James is an ex-investor turned schools entrepreneur, having built a business that touches thousands of UK schools. He coaches his founders on how to build sales channels into schools.
Barrie Heptonstall
Barrie Heptonstall

Enterprise Sales Lead, IBM

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Barrie is expert at high-touch, high-tech enterprise sales. He invests serious time into the Emerge Education founders he chooses to work with.

Sector Experts

Industry leaders who support our alumni

Pedagogy

Focus on efficacy

Rose Luckin
Rose Luckin

Prof., UCL Knowledge Lab

Rose has been developing and writing about the learning sciences, educational technology and artificial intelligence in education for over 20 years.
Jonnie Noakes
Jonnie Noakes

Head of Teaching and Learning, Eton College

Jonnie is the director of an Etonian centre for pedagogical excellence, evidence-informed practice and research into teaching, learning and leadership in education.
Liz Hankin
Liz Hankin

IT strategy, Oasis Academies

Liz consults Oasis Community Learning IT Services, representing 40 UK schools, on how to integrate education and IT services to have the most impact on learning.

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.

Schools

Reach schools at scale

Richard McGrath
Richard McGrath

f. President, Espresso

Richard led Espresso, a VC-backed digital curriculum provider, from insolvency, revenues of £300k and 285 UK customers through to revenues of £13m and 11,000 customers.
Jon Coleman
Jon Coleman

Head of Sales, Wonde

A former teacher, Jon is now head of sales and school management at Wonde, a data platform that sits between schools and educational apps, used by 85% of UK schools.
James Weatherill
James Weatherill

Founder, Arbor Education

James helps thousands of UK schools use data more effectively through Arbor’s student benchmarking, analytics and Management Information Systems.

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

B2C

Acquire millions of learners

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.

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.

Hardware

Manage supply chains

Toby Mather
Toby Mather

Co-founder, Lingumi

Toby is the CEO of Lingumi, which combines foam cubes with a tablet or phone app to teach preschool children English.
Jesse Lozano
Jesse Lozano

CEO, pi-top

Jesse co-founded Pi-Top: low-cost computers that you can make yourself and use to learn about hardware and software programming. They are distributed to schools all over the world.
Filipo Yacob
Filipo Yacob

CEO, Primo

Filipo is building a wooden toy that teaches pre-schoolers the logic behind programming. The team raised $1.5m on Kickstarter in the platform’s largest education campaign.

Partners

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

OUP
The largest university press in the world partners with Emerge Education to locate edtech solutions that might complement their $1bn content business.
QTONE
Through Emerge Education, Qtone accesses European edtech potentially relevant to the 25 million families they service in China.
Jisc
Jisc provides digital services, resources and infrastructure to most of UK’s colleges and universities. Emerge Education introduces Jisc to suitable FE and HE-focused technologies

Co-Investors

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

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