Olga Kravchenko, co-founder of Musemio, part of the UCL EDUCATE programme over last winter, has been named as one of this year’s recipients of a £25,000 scholar scheme with media giant, Sky.
The Women in Tech Scholar funding will help Olga (pictured left), and co-founder Kaitlin Fritz, to develop their business and give them access to expert mentoring. The company was one of five female-led businesses to be named in this year’s awards.
Musemio, a recipient of an Evidence-Applied EdWard, is a virtual reality EdTech platform bringing together culture and the curriculum. It bridges physical and digital learning with content inspired by cultural institutions around the world.
Olga said: “This opportunity not only changes the development of Musemio as a business, but also my path as an entrepreneur. I’m really looking forward to learning from industry professionals and getting connected with mentors, who will help Musemio to grow and develop at the speed I could not have imagined before.
“Learning from industry leaders and sharing this knowledge of people I’m going to meet during this exciting journey, both myself and the Musemio team will carve a path that will change the world together.
“We are extremely excited to explore how we can potentially collaborate with Sky to develop a plan to reach UK parents and help them to bring up the citizens of tomorrow today.”
Olga added that involvement with the UCL EDUCATE programme was
“a great journey that helped us to prove that what we were doing was relevant and helped us to improve our product and pedagogy around it.”
“For both Kaitlin and me, it was absolutely crucial to prove that our product can actually make a difference and co-create experiences with our little users,” she said. “The Sky Scholarship is a great opportunity for Musemio to really put our research into practice and complete our work on an amazing product that we really care about.”
Professor Rose Luckin, director of UCL EDUCATE, said: “We congratulate Musemio on their deserved success, and are immensely proud that one of our programme participants has received such recognition, as well as a fantastic opportunity to develop its product and business further.”
Elain Bucknor, Sky’s group chief information security officer, commented on the importance of encouraging more women into technology. She said: “It’s widely acknowledged that attracting women into technology is a challenge, so we have a responsibility to bring about change.
“Boys are more than twice as likely to be encouraged to work in tech, so it’s little wonder that half the girls we spoke to had ruled out working in the industry by the time they reached 18-years-old. Our Women in Technology Scholars programme enables us to nurture new talent and highlight inspiring role models to encourage others to follow.”