In a drive toward supporting innovation in digital education in Europe IMPACT EdTech launched two calls to help EdTech start-ups and SMEs to accelerate their disruptive edtech solutions that are set to break the barriers to education and enhance learning experiences. In the first open call, the jury selected 15 start-ups and SMEs to enter the incubation stage of the programme with a possibility to receive up to €195,000 in equity free funding. In the second call for remote schooling, the jury pre-selected 10 additional companies to be fast-tracked to acceleration stage. The equity free funding for this call amounts to €110,000 maximum.
List of the winners of IMPACT EdTech first open call
15 start-ups and SMEs were selected to enter the incubation programme:
- Grib3D (Finland): quick, easy-to-use, and free 3D creation software for individual artists, professionals, hobbyists, schools, teachers and more.
- DARTEF, Didactic ARTEFact (Estonia): Bridging the gap between theory and practice in school.
- EyeJustRead (Denmark): an application based on eye tracking that supports better reading in primary school.
- Annie (Finland): The intelligent student guidance bot Annie finds the student in need of support before it’s too late.
- LMS, Learn, Make & Share (Belgium): They bring the maker movement to your school.
- Photon (Poland): interdisciplinary tools and creative methods that are used by thousands of involved teachers and conscious parents worldwide, to educate the new generation of geniuses, innovators and explorers.
- SBrick (Hungary): the next level in remote controlling your LEGO®. Build more, play more like never before.
- Bit & R (Romania): first adaptive online platform that teaches K-12 kids coding by building and sharing their own games.
- VIVID Books (Czech Republic): Interactive lessons for your school’s science education.
- eKidz.eu (Germany): AI-driven personalised language development.
- Kotokan (Spain): A fun problem-solving platform where children aged 7-12 learn thinking skills through mathematics.
- Mathia Education (France): We enable any kids to love and enjoy mathematics making them much more concrete, fun and easy to understand.
- Eyepass (Ukraine): When face-to-face teaching isn’t an option. Insightful e-learning analytics.
- Grow Planet (Sweden): Game-based blended learning environment for STEAM and sustainable development for grades 1-6.
- CyberEdu (Romania): The framework for accessing personalised training and career paths in cybersecurity
Each selected company will enter into the incubation stage, of a duration of four months, starting with a training bootcamp and mentor matching. After this first stage, the best-performing companies participating in the programme will be selected to enter the acceleration phase.
List of pre-selected finalists of the IMPACT EdTech Remote Schooling Open Call
10 start-ups and SMEs, that first need to through a final legal check before they are accepted into the programme are:
- Labs Land (Spain): Educational real laboratories and equipment for schools, through the Internet.
- Key2Enable (Netherlands): Innovative Assistive Technology tools for school inclusion.
- Blutick (United Kingdom): Scalable Maths teaching platform with AI feedback.
- Elias Robot (Finnland): A personal language teacher for everyone.
- OTTO DIY Workshop (Czech Republic): Enable anyone in the world to connect, learn and share knowledge in robotics.
- Kinems (Greece): Educational games for special education.
- 99 Math (Estonia): Social Math platform.
- Tactile Images (Romania): E-learning platform for visually impaired children.
- The Inventors (Portugal): Educational and technological products for a new generation of inventors.
- Sutori (Belgium): Central hub to gather all teaching materials to interact with students remotely.
Two extra start-ups have been pre-selected and would join the programme in the case that any of the other ten companies are not eligible after the legal check:
- Notebloc (Spain): the free app that transforms any mobile device into a scanner and document organizer.
- Bolster Academy (Netherlands): A mathematics homework & assessment platform that engages students while saving teachers time
The winner start-ups and SMEs will be fast-tracked to a 5-month acceleration programme, including regular 1:1 business and educational mentoring sessions, piloting and other perks.