UCL EDUCATE has become the national partner in the GESAwards, the biggest EdTech start-up competition.
GESAwards was set up five years ago by MindCET (Israel) and is a joint venture between partners from six continents, involving 17 regional EdTech clusters with a network of more than 2,500 companies. It provides opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators from any country to showcase their products and services to a world-wide audience.
EdTech companies have benefited from being able to connect and build partnerships and business opportunities as well as compete for the title of the Most Promising EdTech Start-up of the year.
Professor Rose Luckin, the director of UCL EDUCATE, said the involvement with GESAwards reflected the aims of the programme.
“We are delighted to become a partner of this prestigious international competition and to represent the UK on the world stage,” she said. “Our involvement is a natural progression from being UK-based to embracing the many opportunities that are available through international collaboration and cooperation with innovators and developers around the world.
“We are all working towards a common purpose – to maximise the benefits of learning for millions and to help educators be more effective. For the first time ever, we have the ability, potentially, to ensure every person in the world is educated. We have a collective responsibility to work towards that shared aim.”
As well as promoting start-ups, GESAwards helps to build and develop local EdTech ecosystems and facilitates the flow of EdTech investments to alternative markets.
Avi Warshavsky, Founder of GESAwards, acknowledged the importance of UCL EDUCATE becoming a partner.
“From day one, UCL EDUCATE has strived to reach the same objective of enabling start-ups to gain global credibility and visibility into a global scenario,” he said.
“The founder, Professor Rose Luckin, has been a partner of MindCET for years, and both organisations strongly believe that only with alliances between EdTech ventures can we help the global EdTech ecosystem to promote innovation in education in a way that will meet the needs of the digital learner.”
UCL EDUCATE will host the UK competition in London on 16 September, which will include a pitch session by companies to judges, as well as a keynote speech and panel discussion.
The event is part of the 6th contest of GESAwards, which launched at the SxSWEdu festival in Austin, Texas in March, this year. The global finals will take place in London during the third week of January 2020.
More information about the London event, including how to register, can be found here.