The list of edtech startups to demo at XcitED '17

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The list of edtech startups to demo at XcitED '17

XcitED is coming the next week already, can you believe it? The top-notch program is now live and it includes inspiring key-notes, fireside chats and startup stories. 50 edtech startups from 11 countries will be showcasing their solutions in the demo area. Without further ado, let us introduce you these top-class companies:

XcitED Event + EdTech Award Pass
 

€95

XcitED Event, EdTech Award + 2nd Day of Slush Pass. 

€395

Got the Slush pass? Join XcitED for free by adding your name to the list.

Free

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Watch XcitED Live with Telia Digitalist TV

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Watch XcitED Live with Telia Digitalist TV

Can’t attend the most exciting edtech event of the year? 
No worries, you can follow the action online! Thanks to Telia, with Digitalist TV you won't miss a moment from XcitED. Watch the whole program live or on-demand from your office, home, wherever you are. 

More than 50 edtech startups from 11 countries will be showcasing their solutions in the demo area. If you want to scan all the latest trends in education technology, look for collaborations or simply get inspired — make sure to get your pass. You can also register for free if you have the Slush pass. See you soon, either online or physically, at XcitED.

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Nordic Edtech Award's full Jury is announced

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Nordic Edtech Award's full Jury is announced

The full jury for the first Nordic Edtech Award has been announced. The respected representatives of each Nordic country will select the best among the five finalists that will pitch on the XcitED stage on 30 November.

"We, at the Nordic Edtech Alliance, are honoured and #XcitED to have such luminaries sitting on our jury panel. It is wonderful to combine insights from every Nordic country in such a heavy-weight line-up! To get the feedback from this jury is already a win for the finalists," — said Olli Vallo, co-founder of Kokoa Agency and the host of the Nordic Edtech Award.

Without further ado, please, meet the Nordic Edtech Award Jurors:

Marie Wall

Deputy Director Startups, Ministry of Innovation and Enterprise, Gov of Sweden

Salóme Guðmundsdóttir

CEO of Icelandic Startups

David Helgason

Founder of Unity Technologies

 

Johan Brand

Founder of Kahoot!

Linda Liukas

Creator of Hello Ruby

The jury will select the best Nordic educational technology startup which reflects the Nordic values. The winner will get the place in xEdu Spring 2018 Program and 10 000 € investment. The Nordic EdTech Award will be closing the XcitED track at Slush 2017. Make sure to get your XcitED pass before they run out of stock.

XcitED Event + EdTech Award Pass
 

€95

XcitED Event, EdTech Award + 2nd Day of Slush Pass. 

€395

Got the Slush pass? Join XcitED for free by adding your name to the list.

Free

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Nordic Edtech Award finalists announced

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Nordic Edtech Award finalists announced

The Nordic Edtech Alliance presents five finalists for The Nordic Edtech Award to be held at the XcitEd event at Slush, Helsinki the 30th of November. The finalists represent the Nordic Edtech core values: Equality, Democracy, Quality, Motivational Learning and Efficiency.

Meet the The Finalists:

Lexplore, Sweden

Service for discovering dyslexia in time.

 

Edtech Foundry/Differ, Norway

Messaging app that creates active learning communities so students can collaborate and help each other.

 

Mightifier, Finland

Mightifier helps kids to master their social and emotional skills by positive peer feedback. 
xEdu Spring'16 program alumni.

 

Kara Connect, Iceland

Kara connects special education and teachers to students that need special one-to-one help and gives access to the right help through on-line therapy.

 

EduLab/Matematikfessor, Denmark

Mathematics and adaptivity

These top-class edtech startups will be pitching on the XcitED stage on 30 November.  The winner will get the place in xEdu Spring 2018 Program and 10 000 € investment. The Nordic EdTech Award will be closing the XcitED track at Slush 2017. Make sure to get your XcitED pass before they run out of stock.

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A CEO at 8 Years Old?

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A CEO at 8 Years Old?

Newsflash!
8-year old CEO starts a tea business.
11-year old boy with a bow tie business which he started at 9.
15-year old boy sold an app to Yahoo for USD 30m.

We are fascinated by powerful, inspiring stories like these.

So the question is ‘Should children or teens be introduced to Entrepreneurship and financial Ed at primary and secondary school?’ Would they grow up with the right values? Would they end up becoming materialistic? And do they have time for their studies?

Not teaching this does not ensure that adults are automatically not materialistic nor do they all by default have all the right values when they become adults either.

I hear so many stories that in most schools children get scolded and punished for selling cookies, erasers, crystal bracelets etc in school. They got into a lot of trouble with their teachers, and principals. Just imagine the impression this makes on these children and the friends around them.

When children or teens have businesses, let’s not focus on the idea that it’s all about money. Focus on the fact That they are making things happen.

The danger is that the message children get at that age is that doing business is wrong. It is a bad thing. That stays with them till adulthood.

Wait! Isn’t going to school to prep the kids for their careers in the future? Most are going to be working in a...wait for it...a business!!

Aren’t studies to prep children to work in businesses or run businesses, their own or other people’s? Where is the connection right now between what they learn in school and  that world they are stepping out into?

When children or teens have businesses, let’s not focus on the idea that it’s all about money. Focus on the fact That they are making things happen. They are applying whatever knowledge they have and learning what they don’t have. They are making their knowledge practical.
That their skills have value.

Education has to be practical, not academic for the children and teen to work on theoretical stuff just for the sake of educating the children. The question is not if we should teach this but how do we make sure entrepreneurship becomes part of the school curriculum.

Join us at XcitED to find out how to build an education ecosystem like this. Join us and meet our little 8-year old CEO. Her hashtag is #toothlessceo.

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Anne Tham
Group CEO and Founder
Sri Emas International School

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xEdu accelerator signs MoU with GEMS Singapore

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xEdu accelerator signs MoU with GEMS Singapore

Finnish education startup accelerator xEdu signed a memorandum of understanding with the leading IB International School based in Singapore — GEMS World Academy.

This partnership brings mutual benefits for the companies, teachers and students. GEMS World Academy is getting the access to the latest education technology with the Finnish quality stamp. And the top-class edtech companies accelerated by xEdu now have the chance to test and co-create their solutions with the educators and students of GEMS campus in Singapore.

"We are very happy to continue building our collaboration with GEMS World Academy. Their feedback from using our startups' solutions that fit GEMS’ curriculum will add value and open new doors for xEdu portfolio companies," — said Antti Korhonen, CEO of xEdu.

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xEdu is the first Finnish accelerator to join Global Accelerator Network

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xEdu is the first Finnish accelerator to join Global Accelerator Network

We are proud to announce that xEdu is the first Finnish (and the second one in whole Nordics) accelerator company that has been accepted to the Global Accelerator Network.

After a rigorous selection process, GAN has invited xEdu to join their association of more than 100 of the most respected accelerator programs from six continents.

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“xEdu is a very promising accelerator program with a strong leadership team. We know they are uniquely positioned to provide substantial value to entrepreneurs in the EdTech space through their strong network of mentors.  The xEdu program represents the first GAN accelerator in Finland to join the Network, and we really look forward to working with them!” – noted Patrick Riley, CEO of the Global Accelerator Network.

With the strength of its powerful network, GAN supports accelerators by sharing the best practices and attracting the deal flow and investors to support accelerators internationally. 

"xEdu has always been driving the impact in the field of Education by empowering our startups. Now, after joining such a prominent community as GAN, we hope to expand this impact even further," — said Antti Korhonen, CEO of xEdu. 

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Application for Nordic EdTech Award is open

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Application for Nordic EdTech Award is open

The best of Nordic Edtech startups will be on show at Nordic Edtech Award 2017, which is done in collaboration with Slush in Helsinki later this year. The award is the first initiative from a new Nordic Edtech partnership, putting Nordic Edtech on the international investor map. xEdu is proud to be an active part of such initiative.

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Finalists get:

  • 1 day ticket to Slush

  • Chance to pitch your product for Slush audience 

  • Kokoa Standard evaluation

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Winner gets:

  • 10 000 € investment

  • Place in xEdu Spring 2018 Program

Who can participate?

The competition is for Edtech products from Nordic-founded (from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland or Iceland) companies. The product needs to represent educational technology, but it can include also non-digital elements (print materials, devices, toys etc.). The non-digital parts need to be sent to the Award organisers for the review. A company can enrol several products (please fill the form separately for each product). The enrolled product needs to be available either in English or in any official Nordic language. The delivered additional product materials need to be in English and the pitching in Slush must be held in English.

Process description

All participants are reviewed by the Nordic Edtech Award organizers. The finalists are informed 1.11.2017. The five selected companies get to the finals held in Slush in Helsinki on 30.11.2017.  The finalists are expected to pitch their product in finals at Slush stage. The place in finals includes a ticket to Slush Edu event and also a one-day ticket to Slush main event. The finalists cover their own travel expenses. The Nordic jury will select the winner based on the pitches at the event. The pitches need to be in English.

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10 EdTech startups to follow in 2017: meet xEdu Fall batch

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10 EdTech startups to follow in 2017: meet xEdu Fall batch

After receiving more than 100 applications from 27 countries, we have carefully selected the top 10 startups to join xEdu Fall '17 acceleration program. 

On September 7th, the teams innovating in STEM, Gaming, Programming, VR-AR, Robotics, and creative learning will start their 4-month learning journey with the best coaches in their fields. The journey is built around the strong ecosystem that we have created with our partners. 

Samsung, as our premium partner, is focusing on the role of Social Impact in technology development and brings the access to the latest mobile and wearable devices for the startups. Telia Company, as an important ecosystem builder in Finland, helps our teams to scale. With the help of the cities of Espoo and Helsinki, xEdu startups can co-create their innovative solutions with the schools.

Without further ado, please meet the new cohort of xEdu startups:

Mehackit high school courses give young students the chance to experience coding through art, music and hardware. 

Mehackit high school courses give young students the chance to experience coding through art, music and hardware. 

Meini is a web-based platform that allows users to search VR/AR educational resources and integrate them into their own teaching practices. 

Meini is a web-based platform that allows users to search VR/AR educational resources and integrate them into their own teaching practices. 

Utelias develops educational software for social humanoid robots.

Utelias develops educational software for social humanoid robots.

Write Technologies offer a solution for digital handwriting.

Write Technologies offer a solution for digital handwriting.

Eduality brings new and engaging materials to the traditional classroom, making students active participants through a virtual reality learning environment.

Eduality brings new and engaging materials to the traditional classroom, making students active participants through a virtual reality learning environment.

ViLLE is a collaborative education platform, enabling teachers to create virtual courses and automatically assessed exercises of different kinds easily. 

ViLLE is a collaborative education platform, enabling teachers to create virtual courses and automatically assessed exercises of different kinds easily. 

Using Costner’s Captain, teachers can centrally view students’ real time progress in various third party educational applications during class. The Captain also provides learning analytics on long term student performance, which teachers can use for student assessment.

Using Costner’s Captain, teachers can centrally view students’ real time progress in various third party educational applications during class. The Captain also provides learning analytics on long term student performance, which teachers can use for student assessment.

Code School Finland is a fun and interesting cartoon story where characters are assisted by solving programming exercises. 

Code School Finland is a fun and interesting cartoon story where characters are assisted by solving programming exercises. 

Nitomani School is a community based coding school. Through the online-school young coders are able to acquire skills to code games.

Nitomani School is a community based coding school. Through the online-school young coders are able to acquire skills to code games.

Foodoppi turns food and science into multi-sensory, hands on learning experiences that can be created, touched and tasted. 

Foodoppi turns food and science into multi-sensory, hands on learning experiences that can be created, touched and tasted. 

It is a new bright start indeed! To stay updated on the fall program, EdTech events and the startups' news be sure to subscribe to our newsletter. Also, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram

Have you seen the super cool startups from our previous batches? — Check our portfolio.

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Seppo reaches 2,5 million teachers in Brazil

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Seppo reaches 2,5 million teachers in Brazil

xEdu acceleration program graduate Seppo is spurring huge interest in Brazil.  A gamification platform for teachers will be published on Nova Escola — the internet portal that reaches 2,5 million Brazilian teachers each month. 

Seppo is also currently being tested in the SENAI (National Industrial Apprenticeships Association) schools. SENAI is a network of over 700 non-profit schools throughout Brazil. SENAI offers basic education and formal training for specific industries. The Seppo pilot has been successful and the association has shown interest in expanding the use of the platform.

After graduating from the xEdu Spring'16 program, Seppo has expanded its user base around the world. "We have operations in the Middle East and Europe, users in Asia, New Zealand and the U.S. and now we are getting a foothold in Latin America too. Learning happens locally but there can be universal solutions for it," says Riku Alkio, CEO of Seppo.

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Lyfta builds VR learning materials for Red Cross International

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Lyfta builds VR learning materials for Red Cross International

xEdu acceleration program alumnus Lyfta Oy has been selected by Red Cross International for a large global security project over the coming year.

Lyfta’s founders started making 360 storyworlds in 2010, combining know-how in Education, Virtual Reality (VR) and immersive storytelling technology. Lyfta will use VR for training Red Cross personnel, who are going on assignments in developing countries. 

"Lyfta is very excited to be working with the Red Cross on rethinking how learning materials of the future will look like. In this phase of our collaboration, we are making the first ever Virtual Reality learning environment for Red Cross staff going out to work in developing countries. In this course, Virtual Reality enables the learner to feel immersed in an environment prior to travelling there and makes learning faster, deeper and more engaging," said Paulina Tervo, co-CEO of Lyfta. "We see Virtual Reality as a hugely important tool for learning in future."

 

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Mightifier licensed to the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children's books

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Mightifier licensed to the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children's books

xEdu acceleration program alumni, Mighty United, today announced that it has licensed the award-winning Mightifier app to Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. Scholastic will make Mightifier available to the company’s vast network of schools throughout Asia.

Mightifier has been shown to help students master social and emotional skills, leading to a more collaborative classroom environment, a decrease in bullying and a greater student focus on learning.The program is based on positive peer-to-peer feedback of individual strengths, helping to foster more positive relationships in classes that participate. 

“Social and emotional learning is strongly connected to academic performance and is vital to the success of 21st Century kids,” said Selina Lee, Vice President, Scholastic Asia. With the vast reach of Scholastic across Asia, we will be able to help many more teachers develop their students’ social and emotional skills which leads to better academic and cognitive growth.”

After graduating from xEdu Spring'16 acceleration program Mightifier has proven to be a real high-flier! The Mighty team won the Creative Business Cup finals in Finland and will represent its home country in the Creative Business Cup Global Finals in November in Copenhagen. In August 2017 Mightifier was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award. The complete list of achievements and awards is too long for this article, but we surely can say that with this cooperation Mightifier is one step closer to its ultimate goal which is "to be sure all young people know that they matter and are valued,” as Mervi Pänkäläinen, Mightifier's CEO noted.

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