UCL EDUCATE Demo Day 2019: 8 London-based edtech companies pitch for over half a million pounds of prizes

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Eight of the UK’s most successful educational technology enterprises will be pitching for a prize bundle worth over half a million pounds, at UCL EDUCATE’s annual flagship Demo Day at London’s City Hall, on 29 November.

It will showcase some of the best of UCL EDUCATE’s pioneering and leading edtech entrepreneurs who will demonstrate their products in front of an audience of investors, educators, policymakers and potential customers.

These products represent the cutting-edge of innovation – virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, speech intelligence, internet of things. The demos will be rapid-fire 5-minute pitches with the audience voting for the favourite pitch at the end of the event.

The pitching companies are:

Dr Alison Clark-Wilson, the programme’s Principal Research Lead, will also be pitching for investment for a UCL EDUCATE product, ‘EDUCATE for Schools’, a ground-breaking digital platform to empower users to make informed choices about the use and purchase of edtech.

EDUCATE for Schools will use artificial intelligence to provide educators with curated ‘just in time’ professional resources to respond to their own learning priorities, while enabling school leaders to stay abreast of the increasingly diverse edtech being used in classrooms.

Professor Rose Luckin, director of UCL EDUCATE, said: “Edtech is the fastest growing sector in the technology industry, with the global market reaching more than $250 billion by 2020.

“But behind these numbers lie huge educational benefits for learners and educators globally giving us, for the first time ever, the potential to educate the entire population of the world.

“It also offers the possibility of meeting some of the existing challenges facing schools in the UK and beyond, such as teacher shortages and workload, as well as addressing the differing learning needs of students.

“Demo Day will highlight some of the excellent edtech that has already been developed and look ahead to technological advances that may not yet exist in a tangible form but are in the pipeline. It is a very exciting time to be involved in this sector.”

The event and prizes have been sponsored by Santander, Amazon Web Services and United Airlines.

This year’s Demo Day follows the highly acclaimed Investor Summit and Demo Day in 2018, which was a first of its kind in Europe.

Demo Day 2019 will include UCL EDUCATE’s third EdWard ceremony, which recognises the accomplishments of companies that have successfully completed the accelerator’s programme. Forty-three UCL EDUCATE companies will be awarded an EdWard at the prestigious 2019 ceremony, sponsored by United Airlines.

Professor Luckin will also announce further details of UCL EDUCATE’s new global growth phase, starting in 2020.

“We know that by investing in edtech that has research and evidence at its heart, we can radically transform the way people live and learn,” she added. “This means building a global community of educators, entrepreneurs and researchers, working together collaboratively to provide robust, effective and fit for purpose solutions to existing and emerging challenges.

“The UCL EDUCATE accelerator is applying a new approach to edtech design and development, with research and evidence at its heart. Our success is down to global recognition of the challenges facing education systems, and what needs to be done to solve them.”

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