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Engines of opportunity

The future of learning and work is defined by an increasing social divide between those who can use computers to increase their productivity, and those who try to compete against them. We invest in engines of opportunity: companies that bridge that divide, by democratising access to higher skills and meaningful employment.



What they do

Aula is an intuitive communication platform that provides a modern alternative to learning management systems.

why this is exciting

Ubiquitous and clunky learning management systems focus on record-keeping at the expense of the learning experience. Aula’s conversational platform and ecosystem of integrations makes communication the lynchpin of university study, improving student engagement and satisfaction.

CO-INVESTOR:

NordicMakers, Brighteye Ventures, Project A


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What they do

LIS is building a new university that will give students the skills to go and tackle some of society's most complex problems.

why this is exciting

Students will put their learnings to work through paid work placements at some of the UK’s top organisations including Virgin, McKinsey and the Met Police. The LIS curriculum will cut across disciplinary boundaries, equipping students with knowledge and methods from across the arts, sciences and humanities.

Co-Investor:

JamJar, Andrew Mullinger (Funding Circle)


What they do

Allows universities to provide mentorship throughout the student lifecycle

why this is exciting

Many students struggle to forge the long-lasting relationships that drive student success and open doors. Many institutions support small pockets of high-impact mentorship, however, these programmes rarely are able to support 100 students, let alone 1,000s. Mentor Collective enables them to deliver mentorship at scale.

Co-Investor:

Lumina Foundation, Rethink Education


What they do

Project-based online education platform for Latin American and Spanish creative professionals.

why this is exciting

The absolute majority of courses online are in English. This means that most of the world’s population has no access to them. Crehana’s Spanish courses make project-based learning a reality for digital professionals in Latin America and demonstrably improve their job prospects.

Co-Investor:

Howzat Partners, Rethink Education


What they do

Unibuddy connects prospective students with the University's student ambassadors online.

why this is exciting

Unibuddy changes the way universities attract, inform and recruit students by placing peer-to-peer interactions at the core of its admission process.

Co-Investor:

Stride.VC


What they do

Peergrade simplifies peer feedback in school and university classrooms, reducing the time spent on grading without compromising on quality.

why this is exciting

Peer assessment helps students get better feedback and creates a more engaging learning experience. Peergrade makes the process simple and transparent, providing teachers unique insights. It is used in every university in Denmark.

Co-Investor:

Y-Combinator, Nordic Makers, Project A, Learn Capital


What they do

BibliU makes learning more effective - a digital education platform that brings textbooks to life. They deliver digital textbooks to universities in the U.K., U.S., Europe and Asia.

why this is exciting

Physical copies of core textbooks are expensive or scarce. BibliU is the only company that has partnerships with every major UK publisher along with full-text search across every book. Students end up spending twice as much time in BibliU as they do on Snapchat.

Co-Investor:

Oxford Sciences Innovation


What they do

Yoto is a clever speaker for kids that provides screen-free access to a rich library of curated audio content.

why this is exciting

Parents are increasingly concerned about the effect of screen use on young children. Yoto gives kids control over what songs, stories, or learning content they listen to and when, with a carefully curated library of cards that adapts and grows with children over time.

Co-Investor:

Global Founders Capital


What they do

Lingumi is a methodology that helps pre-schoolers learn English even when their parents don’t speak the language themselves.

why this is exciting

Children between the ages of 2 and 5 can learn a foreign language as easily as their first one. Lingumi’s playful curriculum, based on academic research, is designed to help children make the most of that critical period without relying on guidance from parents.

Co-Investor:

Local Globe


What they do

Causaly reduces the time it takes to create hypothesis in biomedicine

why this is exciting

Causaly uses NLP to identify causal relationships in published research data. They remove the need to trawl through research papers guided only by keywords, and significantly accelerates the time it takes to do a literature review.

Co-Investor:

Matt Clifford (EF), Marathon Venture Capital


What they do

Morressier is a platform to share, discuss, and evaluate research-in-progress, bringing the world of academic conferences online.

why this is exciting

Academic conferences are central to how researchers share and discuss early findings, but they remain resolutely analogue. Morressier makes organizing conferences easy, centralizing communications and surfacing the stand-out sessions from each event.

Co-Investor:

Cherry Ventures


What they do

Increasing enrolment of international students, while making the process safer and more transparent

why this is exciting

Recruitment, support and compliance teams at a university are often opposing forces in a balance of revenue vs risk. Enroly enables different departments to work in the same direction, increasing student numbers, elevating standards and safeguarding students.

Co-Investor:

Charlotte Street Capital

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