10 edtech startups to follow in 2018: Meet xEdu Spring batch

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10 edtech startups to follow in 2018: Meet xEdu Spring batch

We, at xEdu, are extremely excited to kick off our fifth acceleration program today. After receiving almost 100 applications from 30 countries around the globe, we have carefully selected the top 10 startups that will transform education as we know it. 

The top-notch teams that innovate in the experiential, collaborative and game-based learning will start their 4-month learning journey with the best coaches in their fields. The program 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:

 Malaysia

Malaysia

BeED  

Explore the world through a new lens with BeED's unique Learning Experiences.

 Sweden

Sweden

Gro Play

Gro Play creates good game experiences to entertain and inspire children and their families to learn more about health, wellbeing and sustainable living.

 Finland

Finland

Rolling Stories

Rolling Stories is a tool that allows users to create, combine, and present content, which follows the flow of storytelling.

 Finland

Finland

M2Talent

M2 Talent has developed a transformative digital tool for matching individuals’ job seeker potential to requirements of the job market. The product can be used as a value-adding career planning tool in the education segment, starting from senior high to university level.

 Finland

Finland

Superlect

Superlect is a marketplace for professional education. It encourages anyone with experience and passion to become a teacher. 

 Finland

Finland

Positiivinen CV

Positive CV, or PCV, is a curriculum vitae of a broad range of skills that helps a child to learn to recognise their various abilities. 

 Finland

Finland

World of Insights

World of Insights makes serious games and tools for accelerating workplace learning. These business games blend deceptively simple card and board game features with powerful questions to cover various aspects of business, ranging from innovation and personal development to leadership. 

 Finland

Finland

LessonApp

LessonApp is a mini Teacher Academy in a Pocket. It helps teachers worldwide to design lessons the Finnish way — pedagogically wise and simple.

 Finland

Finland

TACT for schools

TACT is a swarm intelligence online platform which helps schools to create collaborative culture and promote development of the school as a learning organization. 

 Estonia

Estonia

School OS

School OS is the powerful AI-based education platform, which uses AI to analyze schools’ data to provide personal counselling to teachers and parents. 

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xEdu becomes the first official Worlddidac Affiliate

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xEdu becomes the first official Worlddidac Affiliate

Europe's leading education business accelerator xEdu has become the first official Worlddidac Affiliate. The mutual strategic agreement was signed at the Education Finland pavilion during the Bett Show in London.

Based in Bern, Switzerland, Worlddidac is an international association with over 150 members from 40 countries around the world serving the needs and interests of manufacturers and suppliers of education equipment and services.

This strategic partnership is sealing our joint effort to improve the quality of education worldwide. The first results of this collaboration are coming soon so stay tuned!

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5 steps every EdTech startup should consider to succeed

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5 steps every EdTech startup should consider to succeed

With only 2 days left to apply for xEdu acceleration program, we want to share with you one of the highlights of this year's XcitED event — the keynote on investing in edtech by Michael Staton, Partner at Learn Capital

In this keynote, Michael shares his insights on edtech market and gives a set of concrete steps for entrepreneurs to get funded and succeed in the education business. Here, we highlight only five big steps, the full presentation you can watch for free on Telia Digitalist TV.

#1 Scale Exponentially and Rethink your Growth Engine

"One of the things I've always admired about the Nordics is that startups assume that they have to go global instantly to even get off the ground. And that's true, true for mobile, true for gaming. But for some reason, in education, particularly in Finland, a lot of the startups that I see tend to be very inward focused for quite some time before they go "wait a minute, does our solution apply to the rest of the world?"

Venture capital time frame is 5-7 years. So if you can't become basically a giant business in that time — either don't raise venture capital or rethink your growth engine."

 Image credit: Michael Staton, Learn Capital

Image credit: Michael Staton, Learn Capital

#2 Use Breakthrough Models

"Breakthrough models are the insight into the business model or into the organisational structure that allows it to achieve some sort of "10x" impact on some metric that matters: whether it's 10x less cost, 10x less time, 10x more effective, etc.

If we use the fantastical language of the Silicon Valley, we may call the exponential company a beanstalk, and the breakthrough model, sometimes I call it alchemy. So if you have magic beans, if you have alchemy, if so — you might be a unicorn."

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 Image credit: Michael Staton, Learn Capital

Image credit: Michael Staton, Learn Capital

#3 Understand your Path to Market

"Innovation never starts in the mass market. They either start in unserved markets or extreme markets. You have to start there and move your way to the mass market. Otherwise, you're probably end-up failing."

 Image credit: Michael Staton, Learn Capital

Image credit: Michael Staton, Learn Capital

#4 Differentiate or Die

"Another common thing that education companies don't do — they don't look around the world for the education companies they are going to compete with and they don't differentiate enough. In our experience, the more differentiated you are, the more you escape any competition whatsoever, the more you are outside of existing categories, the more likely you are to achieve that breakthrough growth."

#5 Focus on your Plan

"The entrepreneur thinks that the plan is something that you tell your investors so they give you more money and leave you alone. Actually, you need to: 

  • have achievable milestones;
  • understand where are you spending your money and why;
  • make sure you have an appropriate team size;
  • be well capitalized;"

Apply for xEdu Fall '18 acceleration program

Every early-stage startup needs support to grow into a sustainable business. We, at xEdu, have been building the best ecosystem for edtech companies for two years already. Based in Finland, we maximize upon the expertise of our nation’s superior educational system as well as pioneering tech/gaming scene and combine it with our dynamic global network of innovators, educators, entrepreneurs, and investors.

The application round for our sixth batch is closing on 08 August. Don't miss your chance to put your company on the radar of Learn Capital and our whole investor network.

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TOP-10 EdTech highlights of 2017

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TOP-10 EdTech highlights of 2017

With 2018 around the corner, we decided to highlight the most memorable success stories from our edtech community. These are the milestones that are making our ecosystem stronger and building a solid platform for further growth. 

The new year is bringing even more interesting projects, collaborations and fantastic edtech startups. Contact us if you want to partner up and transform the education industry together. The application for xEdu Spring '18 acceleration program is open until 31 December. Don't miss your chance and apply now.

Without further ado, let's proceed to the Top-10.


Dare to Learn

Held for the first time this year, Dare to Learn has proven to be an interactive international event for learning enthusiasts, experts and practitioners willing to shake their thinking of learning. 

At the event, educators participated in various hands-on workshops, attended the keynotes featuring e.g. Pasi Sahlberg, Kirsti Lonka and The Finnish Minister of Education and Culture, Sanni Grahn-Laasonen. 

One of the highlights of the second day was the finals of the Helsinki Think Company educational bootcamp. The winner — startup called TACT for schools has reserved the place in xEdu Spring '18 acceleration program to develop their product.

We can say now for sure that Dare to Learn was a success. Finish educators needed this kind of engagement with peers. We are looking forward to the next chapter — Dare to Learn 2018 (September 18 & 19).

 TACT team — the winners of the Visionaries of Education pitching competition

TACT team — the winners of the Visionaries of Education pitching competition


3DBear: how to raise a €1 million and start saving the planet

2017 was unarguably an outstanding year for Finnish edtech company 3DBear. xEdu graduate  brings 3D printing, Virtual and Augmented realities into classrooms. Earlier this year, 3DBear signed an agreement with Junior Library Guild associated with 22 000 schools and libraries in the US. 

In November, the company partnered up with Arcada University and built a revolutionary innovation that recycles plastic into 3D-printable filament. You read more about the 3DBear Recycler here.

What an occasion it was when at XcitED event 3DBear announced raising over one million euros with US VC-backed financing. This is an unprecedented case for the Finnish edtech companies that work with schools. 

Surely, we can expect more good news from these guys in 2018!


Lyfta: virtual reality and real impact

Helsinki-based startup Lyfta is combining know-how in Education, Virtual Reality and immersive storytelling technology to help teachers capture the hearts and minds of their students and delve into complex topics.

In August, Lyfta has been selected by Red Cross International for a large global security project over the coming year. xEdu program graduate will use VR for training Red Cross personnel, who are going on assignments in developing countries.

Recently, the Lyfta team has discovered another surprising effects of VR learning environments on reading for children with Dyslexia. Now Lyfta has started a Dyslexia Study project to further research this topic. Here you can learn more about the study and participate in it.


xEdu joined GAN

We at xEdu are honoured to be the first Finnish accelerator (and the second in all of the Nordics) to be accepted into GAN, a highly curated community of independent accelerators, partners, and investors. After a rigorous selection process, GAN has invited xEdu to join their community of nearly 100 of the most respected accelerator programs across 120 countries and six continents.

Through GAN’s Exchange program, xEdu startups and alumni can visit other accelerator programs across the globe to make connections with other companies and mentors and be given up to two weeks of free office space. Plus, being GAN gives our founders access to dozens of perks that offer them free and discounted services to help run their businesses. Apply for xEdu Spring '18 program to be able to use all GAN benefits.


Mightifier: solving bullying, now globally

This year, a number of xEdu startups made huge progress in Asian markets: 3 companies from the first batch started piloting with the schools in Hong Kong, Dibidogs has strengthened its position in China, and Tiny App has started a co-operation with Polkuni HK for exports to Southeast Asia.

One company has made a significant progress in Asia this year, though. Mighty United has licensed the award-winning Mightifier app to Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. Now, Mightifier is available to the Scholastic’s vast network of schools throughout Asia.

Earlier this year, Mightifier also won the Grand Prize in the Arctic15 Microsoft Pitching Competition proving one again how important social and emotional learning is nowadays.


Bomberbot secured over €1.2 million in investment

Early this year, Dutch edtech company 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, xEdu graduate has secured over € 1.2M in investment.

Bomberbot is a digital learning tool that offers coding for kids aged 8 to 14. The company is operating in the Netherlands and in Finland and piloting 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. 


xEdu signed MoU with GEMS Singapore

In October, we signed a memorandum of understanding with the leading IB International School based in Singapore — GEMS World Academy. With this partnership, 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.

Do you want to get the chance to pilot your product in Singapore and Hong Kong? The application for xEdu Spring '18 program is open until Decembe 31. Do not miss your chance!


Xcited: the edtech event of the year

There are literally dozens of Slush side-events every year. But XcitED was not like any of them. Together with Dare to Learn, Slush, our amazing volunteers and corporate partners, we have managed to create what some said to be "the most beneficial event for edtech startups this year".

Policy-makers, educators, investors, thought-leaders and entrepreneurs were involved in intensive 5-hour stage program. The demo area for startups had a great success too. As Sanoma Pro reports: "the interest in the demo area was so big that it was impossible to move around the stands. The energy level was like in a small village."

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XcitED in Numbers

- More than 1000 people visited the event.

- More than 260 viewers joined XcitED online stream provided by Telia Digitalist TV.

- #XcitED was among the Top hashtags on 30 November with more than a million impressions.

We have gathered the most exciting moments from the event in our gallery. Find yourself and share with your friends.  Also, in case you have missed some of the great discussions at XcitED, with Digitalist TV by Telia you can revisit the event and enjoy the stage program once again.

It is just a beginning. Stay #XcitED as we will continue with this event series in 2018.


Seppo reached 2,5 million teachers in Brazil

Another great example of Finnish education export success this year: Seppo, a gamification platform for teachers has been published on Nova Escola — the internet portal that reaches 2,5 million Brazilian teachers each month. 

The GESS Education 2017 winner, Seppo has operations in the Middle East, Latin America and Europe, users in Asia, New Zealand and the U.S. Even though learning happens locally, there can be universal solutions for it — and Seppo proves it with the great job they do.

 Riku Alkio, the CEO of Seppo. Photo credit: Lauri Olander

Riku Alkio, the CEO of Seppo. Photo credit: Lauri Olander


The winner of the first Nordic Edtech Award — Lexplore

Lexplore from Sweden came out top when the best of Nordic edtech was on show at the first ever Nordic Edtech Award in Helsinki this November. The award that was closing the XcitED event, has highlighted the top-five edtech startups from the Nordics: 

Lexplore 🇸🇪 — won the prize for their incredible eye-tracking software that helps parents and teachers diagnose children with reading problems at a young age.

Mightifier 🇫🇮 — Mightifier teaches social & emotional skills by sharing positive peer feedback. 

EduLab 🇩🇰 — Matematikfessor provides students with a fun, engaging way to learn maths.

Kara Connect 🇮🇸 — It connects special education and teachers to students that need special one-to-one help and gives access to the right help through online therapy. 

Differ 🇳🇴 — a collaborative messaging app that creates active learning communities for the courses.

Unfortunately, we couldn't fit all the great and inspiring stories from our ecosystem in this post. Subscribe to our super-informative newsletter to stay in the loop. Also, follow xEdu on Twitter, Facebook, Linked and Instagram for all the freshest news. We surely will get plenty of those in 2018 so stay #XcitED! 😉 


Application for xEdu Spring '18 program is now open

Join the best EdTech ecosystem in the World and take your startup to the next level — apply for xEdu Spring acceleration program! 

Based in Finland, we maximize upon the expertise of our nation’s superior educational system and pioneering tech/gaming scene and combine it with our dynamic global network of innovators, educators, entrepreneurs, and investors. As a member of the Global Acceleration Network xEdu provides the access to the network of 120+ cities on six continents plus hundreds of perks and deals for young companies.  

Check all the opportunities and apply now. The application window will be open for one month and will close on 31 December. Make sure you don't miss out! 

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VR in Health and Education: trends and opportunities

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VR in Health and Education: trends and opportunities

When talking Virtual and Augmented Reality one first think about entertainment and gaming and yet, the biggest breakthrough affecting the lives of people around the world might be happening not only there. For the past few years, there were more and more examples of successful usage of VR and AR technologies in healthcare and education. So why Nordics? The answer is — the results. The Nordic countries have been regularly rated among the highest in the world in healthcare and education. Also, they are among the forerunners when it comes to integration of the latest technologies into practice.

HEALTH & VR/AR

There are multiple use cases for VR/AR in health: from making a more accurate diagnosis to bringing mental support to a new level, to making professional health education even better.

And while VR in health will be a good business, as global virtual patient simulation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 19.6% over the next decade to reach approximately 1.28 billion euro by 2025, according to “Virtual Patient Simulation Market Analysis and Trends- Technology, Product – Forecast to 2025″. It is also a great space to make a change, by helping medical professionals train and reduce medical errors, making rehabilitation practices more engaging, and consequently more effective, and so on.

Vertical, together with Samsung, and the largest hospital in Europe, Hospital District of Hospital and Uusimaa, provide a support for international and local health & wellbeing tech startups, by sharing guidance and platform for co-creation and piloting innovations in the clinical and real-world environment. The number of startup applications which could be categorized as VR/AR has been definitely growing, but still far from reaching its peak. Some of the interesting cases include:

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Practigame complements traditional healthcare education methods with safe and cost-effective simulation environments. By using engaging gaming elements in virtual simulations and integrating the clinical reasoning process into the game mechanics, the company enhances the development of clinical reasoning and offers meaningful learning experiences.

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Better Day combines immersive virtual reality environments with therapy for seniors, freeing them from physical constraints in a virtual environment and taking them to places they want to visit while carrying out cognitive and physical training.

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IISCI  has developed and introduces a completely new technology for restoring motor skills: combining biomechanics, machine learning, neuroscience, VR and computer graphics.They utilize neural networks which constantly learning from the patient and adjusting the program, making it more engaging and fun, assuring the patient keeping on with the program and not dropping out. This technique allows patients to get almost twice better rehabilitation.

EDUCATION & VR/AR

Analysts expect education to be the 4th largest sector for VR/AR investment. By 2025 VR tech in education should grow to a $700 million industry. Why? Because learning is not enough anymore and now both students and teachers want to ‘feel and experience’ the subject.

Now the technology allows us to observe other galaxies and tiny microbes instead of just reading about them. Through interactions with dimensional objects, the natural sciences provide an endless spectrum of opportunities for content creators in VR. One of them, the UK-based startup Nano Simbox offers a unique digital science learning platform that provides a combination of beautiful yet rigorously scientific molecular journeys with 3D simulations.

Nano Simbox is a graduate of xEdu Spring ’17 acceleration program. xEdu is Nordic’s leading accelerator for startups innovating in education. With strong support from Samsung, xEdu has built a unique edtech ecosystem that allows the startups to co-create their solutions with the public schools in Finland and expand internationally.

With each program, xEdu receives more and more applications from startups transforming education through the VR and AR: from learning games platforms, creative math lessons to professional medical training and interactive documentaries. Two startups from xEdu Fall ‘16 batch were showcasing their solutions in the Samsung booth at Slush 2017, and 3DBear made it to the Top-10 startups of this year's Slush.

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3DBear makes 3D printing fun and engaging in schools using VR and AR to teach students in 3D. 3DBear AR (Augmented Reality) is a gamified learning application that allows users to implement virtual 3D models in a real living environment. In this series of multidisciplinary learning modules, students can use the application to (re)design their physical surroundings, create art objects and plan games for themselves. Recently, 3DBear has raised over one million euros with US VC-backed financing which is

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Lyfta creates interactive VR-documentaries that make serious topics accessible, engaging and fun for learners, and easy to teach and assess for educators. A series of creative activities and assessments, designed by Finnish and British pedagogical experts, complement the engaging digital content.


Interested to learn more about how VR & AR could make this world a better place?  Building a startup in health or education and want to connect with Samsung?

If you are into education — Apply for xEdu Spring '18 acceleration program by the end of December.

If you are into health & wellbeing – You can apply until December 17 to Vertical's Spring batch 2018.

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Developing education with Microsoft — new opportunities for startups

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Developing education with Microsoft — new opportunities for startups

With the opening of the new application round for xEdu acceleration program, let us share with our startup community some collaboration opportunities and insights on edtech from our partner Microsoft.

Microsoft is often associated with global technology, but did you know it is also a worldwide leader in developing solutions in education?

Kati Tiainen, director of Microsoft's digital learning strategy EMEA has participated in XcitED — the biggest edtech event of Slush 17 program. "In a digital era, we need to learn how to collaborate and communicate [in a classroom]. Technology is just a tool and it's up to us whether to passively consume or to create and learn with it."— said Kati. Here, you can watch the full discussion on how technology can help us learn empathy and social skills.

Replacing the complexity with creativity

From her work across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, she said she has recognized the needs for less complex platforms; basic, shared and personalized learning; and scalable solutions. As the Internet continues to be accessible to more and more people around the globe, STEM skills—science, technology, engineering and math—are necessary for life in the 21st century.

With AI, robots and learning algorithms eventually replacing many people in the everyday routine workforce, creative problem-solving is the key for our kids to be ready for the future. And to do it, global education platforms will be needed. It’s a tremendous responsibility for educational professionals, but the successful marriage of technological and educational fields will make it possible. 

Edtech startups wanted!

If you’re a startup innovating in education, if you are solving the burning problems mentioned above and you need support on your way — apply for xEdu Spring '18 program and get the support from Microsoft!

Not only does Microsoft have the platform to help you, with software such as Office36 and Azure, they also have the people. A support team of 500 whose work is devoted solely to education. That support team can help you draft new business models and positively affect how you interact with partners and clients. 

It is just one of many partnership opportunities that come with joining the xEdu startup community — so do not hesitate and apply by the end of December.

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XcitED: first feedback, photos and video

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XcitED: first feedback, photos and video

"It is widely estimated that education technology is the next big thing. That is why many education startup companies are also participating in Slush every year. This year, xEdu Business Accelerator has also organized an education side event called Xcited. The event included both the stage program on learning and a demo area for startups. The popularity of the demo area was so big that it was impossible to move around the stands. The energy level was like in a small village."Sanoma Pro.

"Combining education and technology is one of the hot topics and investment opportunities of the near future, summed up the founder of Skype Niklas Zennström at Slush on November 30. This was also reflected in Slush's program this year. Organized for the first time XcitED side event brought together over one thousand entrepreneurs, investors and professionals interested in the future of education." — TEK.


Education was strongly represented in Slush’s education side event yesterday. XcitED brought to Helsinki Messukeksus education professionals, edtech startup entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. — Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö.


The xEdu team is grateful to everyone involved in organizing XcitED — the greatest edtech event of Slush 2017. Our volunteers, partners, speakers, startups and our guests, of course — without you it wouldn't have happened!

  • More than 1000 people visited the event.
  • More than 260 viewers joined XcitED online stream provided by Telia Digitalist TV.
  • #XcitED was among the Top hashtags on 30 November with more than a million impressions. Thanks for being active!

We have gathered the most exciting moments from the event in our gallery. Find yourself and share with your friends.  Also, in case you have missed some of the great discussions at XcitED, with Digitalist TV by Telia you can revisit the event and enjoy the stage program once again.

Photo credit: Elissa  Jokela


Last but not the least!
The application round for our 5th acceleration program is now open!
Join the best edtech ecosystem in the world, co-create your product with Finnish schools and collaborate with our corporate partners, such as Samsung  & Telia Finland

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Application for xEdu Spring '18 program is now open

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Application for xEdu Spring '18 program is now open

Join the best EdTech ecosystem in the World and take your startup to the next level — apply for xEdu Spring acceleration program! 

Based in Finland, we maximize upon the expertise of our nation’s superior educational system and pioneering tech/gaming scene and combine it with our dynamic global network of innovators, educators, entrepreneurs, and investors. As a member of the Global Acceleration Network xEdu provides the access to the network of 120+ cities on six continents plus hundreds of perks and deals for young companies.  

Check all the opportunities and apply now. The application window will be open for one month and will close on 31 December. Make sure you don't miss out! 

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3DBear raises over €1 million in seed funding

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3DBear raises over €1 million in seed funding

xEdu acceleration program graduate, Finnish edtech company 3DBear has raised over one million euros with US VC-backed financing. This is an unprecedented case for the Finnish edtech industry so far.

Investors are New York-based Rethink Education VC, a publicly listed media and publishing company Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino, chairman of the Board of Directors of Basware Hannu Vaajoensuu through his investment company, angel investor Tero Lehtonen and an edtech investor and founder Mitch Weisburgh. From current investors, Spinverse GroupGlyn EggarKaisa Olkkonen and Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara made additional investments.

"Our start in the US and this investment round would not have happened without the brilliance of xEdu and the personal effort of its CEO Antti Korhonen," — says Kristo Lehtonen, CEO of 3DBear. "The funding enables the scale-up of our R&D and implementation of our internationalization strategy.

Former Prime Minister of Finland and former Member of the Executive Board of Nokia, Mr. Esko Aho has started as an Advisor for 3DBear. He will help in expanding business abroad.

We invested in 3DBear because we recognized the demand for its product, the strength of the team and their execution ability”, says Vesa Pihlajamaa, CEO of Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj.

3DBear participated in xEdu Fall'16 acceleration program. The startup has also been co-developing its products in schools around Finland and US, as well as in KYKY-process by the city of Espoo, Finland and in national innovation initiatives funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education.
 

Kristo Lehtonen, CEO of 3DBear, will be sharing their startup story tomorrow, 30 November at XcitEd side-event of Slush 2017.  You can see him on stage at 17:45.

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These 4 companies are educating the next responsible generation

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These 4 companies are educating the next responsible generation

Climate change is a complex, global problem that affects all corners of the world. The UN Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), NASA and the World Bank Group have all voiced concerns about the prompt increase in global temperature, rising sea levels, and rapidly growing carbon dioxide emissions. Climate change is undoubtedly shaping our planet, and causing serious social and environmental problems. 
 
It is the task of every generation to invest time and effort in creating a healthier planet, and the responsibility of companies to include climate change prevention at the core of their agenda. However, as more innovative solutions are required, we turn to those, who innovate to exist: startups. 

Education is key in solving climate change

Startups currently offer innumerable niche innovations for solving existing climate change problems, but the most comprehensive way to prevent climate change seems to be establishing a more widespread understanding of the phenomenon. Thus, the most effective way to tackle the problem is to take expertise to the ultimate source of development – education. 
 
Combining the innovative nature of startups and the vital role of education could thus be the recipe we’re desperately looking for. These four forward-looking solutions were born out of the understanding that in the long run education is key because instead of attempting to mitigate the consequences of climate change, they concentrate on changing the initial behaviour contributing to those consequences.  

EduCycle — gamified climate education

Neste, a Finnish renewables company, is responding to this realization with EduCycle, an environmental learning game. EduCycle teaches children about the daily choices with which climate change can be prevented. The game utilizes AR technology to depict the consequences of the players’ decisions on the environment. The goal is to reach social and environmental standards set in the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Customised sustainability challenges from Ducky 

Norwegian Ducky is a mobile responsive, web-based application that utilizes positive incentives to encourage people to take more climate-friendly actions in their everyday lives. Ducky offers different service packages for companies, offices and classrooms, which are customized to challenge each audience in a suitable manner. 

A sustainability algorithm by EcoMate

Ecomate, an environmental consultancy startup, has also taken the educational approach towards companies. EcoMate is creating an algorithm to help small EU-based companies get on board with sustainability, grow their business and generate social and environmental impact. 

Envirate – and become a watchdog for the environment

Acknowledging that the prevention of climate change requires new, easily accessible and effective solutions, Envirate has created a channel through which anyone on the planet can contribute to change. Envirate is a  smartphone app that allows anybody, anytime and anywhere give ratings on the environment around them. Becoming a watchdog for the state of our planet, they say, will generate positive change. 

To learn more about these startups and their drive for change, visit Slush 2017. 
To play EduCycle, visit booth 6c.9. Also, don't miss the XcitED keynote on Educating the next responsible generation in Room 101. 15:00 - 15:10, on 30 November.

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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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