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January 24, 2014

Business | Education

Emerge Education launches first cohort of EdTech startups

emerge-education-logo.gifeltjam takes a look at the first six startups to be selected by Emerge Education, "The Accelerator For Education Startups."

A while ago, we posted about the arrival of Emerge Education – a startup accelerator specifically focussed on education, based at Google Campus in London, and backed by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and David Cameron’s old stomping ground Eton College. This is a big week for them, as they’ve just announced their first cohort of startups.

Here’s what Emerge say about themselves:

Software is eating education, whether in schools, universities or on your kitchen table. In 2013, a mindblowing $452M was invested in education technology in the United States and the trend is infecting the UK and Europe. Much of this activity is driven by startups like Coursera, with over 5.5M students signed up for its online higher education classes in 2013. Despite this trend, the investment market has been slow to back very early stage edtech businesses.

Edtech startups face all the difficulties of any early stage business plus a number of obstacles unique to the education market. Emerge Education (www.emergeventurelab.com), a new edtech accelerator, seeks to help edtech startups overcome these difficulties with access to customers, a large community of specialist business mentors, tech-savvy educational institutions and industry-focussed investors.

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