Wizenoze, one of UCL EDUCATE’s participating companies, has been chosen as a finalist for the Next Billion EdTech Prize.
The UK-based startup will be one of 30 to travel to the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai to compete in a pitch competition that recognises leading EdTech startups making an impact on education in low income and emerging economies.
This prestigious and globally-recognised award identifies the most innovative technologies that have the potential to radically impact education in these challenging environments.
The forum brings together over 1,500 global delegates from around the world to solve the most pressing issues in global education, culminating in the award of the Next Billion Edtech Prize and the US $1 million Global Teacher Prize.
The Next Billion Prize was named to remind the world of the billion young people – a number growing every day – that are being denied an education that allows them to make the most of their talents.
Wizenoze has developed The Web for Classrooms – an internet for education that shows results that match the reading skills of the learners. The AI-based technology enables all learners to discover relevant and reliable educational content on the internet, which has been matched to their reading level.
Diane Janknegt, Founder of Wizenoze, said: “Wizenoze is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Next Billion Edtech Prize. It represents a powerful validation of our mission to address global inequalities in basic literacy and confirms our position as a global impact company.
“We are committed to using our technology to give these billion young people in emerging markets access to an internet for education, which they can read and fully understand. Wizenoze will continue working to give all young people globally the right to readable, relevant and reliable web-based educational content. Our aim is to inspire them and to support their achievement of improved learning outcomes.”
Vikas Pota, CEO of Tmrw Digital, which runs the Next Billion Prize, said: “The Next Billion Prize was created to shine a light on those gifted entrepreneurs that are not only ingenious but also bold and persistent enough to bring forward the revolutionary ideas that are desperately needed to transform education in those parts of the world where there is limited access to high-quality teaching.
“Our fervent hope is that the prize inspires this new breed of entrepreneur the world over to come forward with the fresh thinking that is needed to help give every child their birthright; access to a great education.”
The 30 finalists will pitch to an expert panel of judges, made up of venture capitalists, philanthropic investors, educators, and experts in EdTech and learning sciences. They will also pitch to a live audience of GESF delegates made up of leading education figures from public, private and social sectors.
Six will be selected to return to the main GESF stage for the grand final in front of judges and a live audience. The best three will each be awarded $25,000 and the winner will be awarded the Next Billion Prize trophy.