Twenty-three UCL EDUCATE participants received their EdWards at a special ceremony during the Bett Show 2019.
Three of the companies – Across Cultures, EasyPeasy and Quipper – were presented with an Evidence-Applied award, with the other 20 receiving Evidence-Aware recognition.
The EdWards are presented to UCL EDUCATE participants who have demonstrated awareness or application of evidence research to the design and development of their products and services.
The evening, which included a drinks and networking reception, was hosted by Sophie Bailey, the founder of The EdTech Podcast, with the EdWards presented by Peter Phillips, chief executive of Cambridge University Press and Alex Waters, the EdTech policy lead at the Department for Education.
Mr Waters, who presented the Evidence-Applied EdWards, said the EDUCATE programme was unique and “is now perceived and widely acknowledged in the technology industry, both in the UK and beyond, as a gatekeeper of the highest quality and most effective EdTech”.
Sherry Coutu, the social entrepreneur and angel investor, described the importance teachers played in her own success. She hailed the work of the successful EDUCATE cohorts in her keynote address, and told them:
“When you’re an entrepreneur, you jump off a cliff and build a plane on the way down.”
Professor Rose Luckin, UCL EDUCATE director, told assembled guests that the programme has not worked with more EdTech start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs than anyone else.
She said: “Our second ever EdWards ceremony was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the very best in EdTech innovation in the UK.
“With Ministers becoming more and more mindful of the importance of EdTech to the teaching and learning process, we are delighted to be leading the way by working with these pioneering entrepreneurs and start-ups.”