10 days left to apply for Fall‘17 acceleration program

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10 days left to apply for Fall‘17 acceleration program

The deadline is approaching! All the great startups transforming classrooms and innovating in education can apply for xEdu Fall '17 acceleration program until June 16.

We have already received a decent amount of high-quality applications but you can set the bar even higher! Those who get accepted into our Fall 2017 Program will get access to the following:

• Cooperation with our Corporate Partners, such as Samsung and Telia Finland.
• Pedagogical evaluation and hands-on guidance from the experts at the Faculty of Education (University of Helsinki).
• Business Development training and support from high-caliber coaches around the world.
• Access to Slush Education in Helsinki.
• Co-Creation and Co-Design process together with Public Schools in Finland. A certificate of "Co-Created with Finnish Schools" from the Department of Education.
• Access to the international markets through our global Partner Network: Sweden (Swedish EdTech Industry), Silicon Valley (GSVlabs), Qatar (Qatar-Finland International School), Hong Kong (香港教育城 HKEdCity) and Singapore (GEMS World Academy).
• Access to an investor network and a possibility to get funded up to 500.000 EUR at the end of the program.

Wanna learn more about xEdu acceleration program? Nobody will tell you better than the startups who participated in it! 

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Two xEdu community companies made it to Disrupt100

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Two xEdu community companies made it to Disrupt100

The xEdu ecosystem once again proves to be a solid part of a global startup scene. Our partner, in-residence company Fuzu and the Spring '17 acceleration program graduate Teacher Gaming Desk have been selected to Disrupt 100, an annual index celebrating the businesses with the most potential to influence, change or create new global markets. 

Why is this huge?

Each Disrupt 100 venture was sourced from over 5M global startups and corporate ventures, has been scored against specific criteria measuring the potential it has to affect an existing market or geography, introduce new customers into an existing market and/or creating a new market with significant customer demand.

The ventures were then judged by global brands including Google, Uber, Oracle, Silicon Valley Bank and Virgin StartUp, tech accelerators Microsoft Ventures, Accelerated Digital Ventures and Whitespace Ventures and entrepreneurs Emma Sinclair, Tom Goodwin and Bill Liao.

Learn more about our Disruptors:

Fuzu

Fuzu is Africa’s fastest-growing career community. It’s a website and app, offering people access to job recommendations as well as education and career guidance.

There are thousands of jobs on the site, ranging from entry to executive level, and applying is quick and easy. Jobs are recommended to people on the basis of their interests, experience, skills and career goals.

Fuzu also offers hundreds of free online courses to help people build their skills. Staying up to date with new jobs and market information is easy via its fresh blog posts, daily news and lively discussions.

TeacherGaming Desk

The TeacherGaming Desk is a classroom toolbox designed to make game-based learning accessible to everyone. 

By combining a portfolio of mainstream hits with pedagogical support and real-time analytics, we have created a one-click educational gaming solution that suits any environment, regardless of skill level or experience.

With the Desk, we hope to help teachers engage and empower their students better than ever before.

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Finnish innovators are ready for the EdTechXEurope

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Finnish innovators are ready for the EdTechXEurope

The first Nordic EdTech accelerator xEdu is going to represent Finnish education business cluster at the EdTechxEdurope Summit in London on the 20th - 21st of June.

xEdu Demo Day will take place at 13:30 on Wednesday, the 21st of June.  During the demo session, xEdu accelerated startups will be showcasing their newest solutions for the education business. All of those startups have co-created their products with public schools in Finland.

It is worth mentioning that three xEdu companies will also be participating in Global Startup Superleague pitching competition. This 2.5-hour long competition will showcase 24 of the best and brightest startups from across the globe. Three of them: Nano Simbox, 3DBear and Mightifier have been selected from xEdu's portfolio.

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xEdu pre-Summer alumni gathering

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xEdu pre-Summer alumni gathering

We had an amazing alumni gathering last Friday! Featuring delicious burgers made by chief Pekka Sivonen, spontaneous mightifying by Mervi Pänkäläinen & Esteve Pannetier and also an unforgettable song challenge from a birthday man - Antti Korhonen!

We are grateful to every single member of our big family for being with us! ❤️  

Also, we're eagerly excited to welcome new EdTech startups to join our friendly community of innovators! The application for Fall'17 program is open! 😊
 

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Mightifier wins Grand Prize in the Arctic15 Microsoft Pitching Competition

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Mightifier wins Grand Prize in the Arctic15 Microsoft Pitching Competition

xEdu alumni from Mightifier don't get tired to succeed. This time, Finnish EdTech innovators took home the Grand Prize of 50 000 EUR in the Arctic15 Microsoft Pitching Competition 2017.  

Competing against 500 Nordic and Baltic startups, the win guarantees Mightifier app a 50 000 EUR syndicate deal with FiBAN, Finnish Business Angel Network to expand the global reach of the app. The jury team, consisting of prominent investors, highlighted the severe competition.

There was a great selection of startups at the Arctic15 and the decision was not easy. We were impressed by the future potential Mightifier has and the positive impact on individual and society level, says Mirja Laulajainen, FiBAN Board member.

There’s a tremendous, global need to enhance the wellbeing at classrooms with very few solutions currently available. The win enables us to expand our operations even further globally, take on new markets, and help more teachers and kids to be successful, says Mightifier's CEO Mervi Pankäläinen.

Mightifier is also one of the three edtech pioneers to start piloting in schools of Hong Kong

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Three xEdu companies will pitch at EdTechXEurope competition

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Three xEdu companies will pitch at EdTechXEurope competition

xEdu has been chosen as one of 8 Global EdTech Accelerators that has been asked to nominate three startups for a Global Super League of Startups Pitch Competition. 

Global Super League of Startups is a pitching competition dedicated to the 5th anniversary of EdTechXEurope summit. This 2.5-hour long competition will showcase 24 of the best and brightest startups from across the globe. Three of them — from xEdu's portfolio.

6 international judges will then select the best in-classroom app from across the worldwide EdTech ecosystem. These judges are decision-makers and budget holders from across the global education industry and will each offer the 2017 winner a meeting after the event — potentially offering the winner a contract to expand their app to new international markets.

On top of the competition, we are also going to present the Spring'17 batch of innovative EdTech startups, accelerated by xEdu. Each team will have a chance to rock the stage in front of educators, investors and industry influencers from all over the world. 

Key investors expected to attend EdTechXEurope

So if you are going to EdTechXEurope summit make sure not to miss this and don't hesitate to contact us if you want to meet and learn more about the program.

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xEdu start-ups made it to the TOP15 at Arctic15

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xEdu start-ups made it to the TOP15 at Arctic15

Two of xEdu accelerated companies, Mightifier and 3DBear have been selected to the list of the TOP15 Nordic & Baltic startups in the Microsoft pitching competition at Arctic15.

They are going to compete for an angel investment award worth 50.000€ at Arctic15 which will be held in Helsinki on May 3rd-5th. 

xEdu is also leading an EdTech Track at Arctic15. Join us on May 4 at OP Stage to spark a productive conversation, meet investors and start-ups, learn more about our new program and raise your chances to be accepted to it.

It is worth mentioning that, 3DBear has recently signed an agreement with Junior Library Guild (JLG) that serves over 22 000 schools and libraries in the US. And Mightifier is one of three pioneering companies to start pilots with 24 schools in Hong Kong. 

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Interactive map shows where students are satisfied with their life

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Interactive map shows where students are satisfied with their life

PISA 2015 Results, published this week, analyses for the first time students’ motivation to perform well in school, their relationships with peers and teachers, their home life, and how they spend their time outside of school. The findings are based on a survey of 540,000 students in 72 participating countries and economies who also completed the main OECD PISA 2015 test on science, mathematics and reading.

Many students are very anxious about school work and tests and the analysis reveals this is not related to the number of school hours or the frequency of tests but with how supportive they feel their teachers and schools to be: on average across OECD countries, 59% of students reported they often worry that taking a test will be difficult, and 66% reported feeling stressed about poor grades. Some 55% of students say they are very anxious for a test even if they are well prepared. In all countries, girls reported greater schoolwork-related anxiety than boys; and anxiety about schoolwork, homework and tests is negatively related to performance.

Happier students tend to report positive relations with their teachers

Teachers play a big role in creating the conditions for students’ well-being at school and governments should not define the role of teachers solely through the number of instruction hours. Students in schools where life satisfaction is above the national average reported a higher level of support from their teacher than students in schools where life satisfaction is below average.

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On average across OECD countries, most 15-year-old students are happy with their lives, reporting a level of 7.3 on a scale of life satisfaction that ranges from 0 to 10. But there are large variations across countries: while less than 4% of students in the Netherlands said that they were not satisfied with their life, more than 20% of students in Korea and Turkey were.

Girls and disadvantaged students are less likely than boys and advantaged students to report high levels of life satisfaction. The lower life satisfaction reported by 15-year-old girls in PISA is possibly a reflection of girls’ harsh self-criticism, particularly related to their image of their own bodies at a time when they are undergoing major physical changes.

Image by oecd.org

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22000 schools in the US welcome Finnish 3D-printing solutions

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22000 schools in the US welcome Finnish 3D-printing solutions

xEdu acceleration program alumni continue to expand their impact overseas. Helsinki-based EdTech company 3DBear is now available in the US market through Junior Library Guild. 

3DBear is an online learning tool for 3D printing, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). With 3DBear, any educator can master skills, step-by-step to the point where they can model and make whatever they want and integrate it into the school curriculum.

Finnish start-up has signed an agreement with Junior Library Guild (JLG) that serves over 22 000 schools and libraries in the US. “We are very excited about cooperation with JLG and starting the US market as the US is a pioneer in 3D printing and EdTech”, says Kristo Lehtonen, CEO, 3DBear.

“Finland has a strong reputation in education and we believe that 3DBear’s offering fits perfectly with our overall offering. We are very much looking forward to the cooperation”, says Sean Lockwood, Vice President, Sales, Junior Library Guild. 

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Bomberbot receives an investment of €750 000

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Bomberbot receives an investment of €750 000

xEdu Spring '16 program alumni, Bomberbot has received an investment of 750 000 Euros from the largest private social impact fund in the Netherlands — Social Impact Ventures

With this funding round, Bomberbot has secured over € 1.2M in investment and will use Social IV’s investment for product development and expansion of the company. There are currently pilots in the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. Bomberbot is being used by over 80,000 children and aims to reach more than one million children in the next five years. 

Bomberbot is operating in the Netherlands and in Finland. It offers user-friendly lessons that empower girls and boys with basic computational thinking skills and knowledge of computer programming concepts in a fun and accessible way. Its stellar product and the active teacher-support system sets them apart from the crowd. 
 

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