"EdTech" entrepreneurs urged to apply for accelerator program

The latest appeal for suitable startups to prepare their best pitches comes courtesy of the "EdTech" initiative promoting educational technology.

Ed-TechEvolution is bringing together some of the brightest minds and investors in the field of Ed-Tech from the Nordic and Baltic regions to run a five-day intensive acceleration program to be conducted entirely online. Mentors from more than 10 countries will be a part of the program.

"The Ed-TechEvolution program will run from June 15 through June 19. Participants will be able to receive direct help and advice from 20+ highly experienced mentors, join workshops run by technological leaders in their fields, engage in thoughtful *fireside* convos with successful entrepreneurs, hear from and get heard by their fellow startupers as well as ask all of their burning questions," says publicity material.

Winners will get development promotion awards from Ed-TechEvolution partners, including up to 3,000 euro for authors of the best ideas from Tet. Each accepted team will be asked to set two individual ambitious goals that it will be expected to attain by the end of the program. The third goal will be common for all. The participants will be asked to conceptualise and shape their products for the scenario whereby the world gets engulfed in the second wave of Covid-19 pandemics and educational institutions are compelled to keep their classrooms shut during the semesters of 2020-21.

All innovative companies either specialising in educational technology or wish to pivot into the Ed-Tech sphere, having already developed a product or a service in a different field are invited to apply and geography doesn’t matter – people from any country can apply.

“Covid-19 virus has forced education to move online overnight,” says Ieva Ilvesa, Latvian President Egils Levits' advisor on digital policy. “For some it is their need to continue their studies, for others it is an opportunity to learn new skills, enrich their knowledge or turn themselves into a teacher or a coach. Ed-Tech has a lot of room for exploration and innovation.”

In Latvia, says Reinis Znotiņš, parliamentary secretary of Education and Science Ministry, the Covid- 19 crisis prompted the government to find a way to deliver high-quality remote education to more than 250,000 children and teachers involved in primary education.

“The traditional education system faces a lot of challenges and Ed-Tech is the way to solve it!” Znotiņš says, "We are actively looking for the best solutions to facilitate education transformation process and hope to find some of those solutions at Ed-TechEvolution."

The emergency gave a spark to a number of innovative approaches, including two pop-up TV education channels covering 97% of households, more than 5,300 free internet connected smart devices delivered to socially disadvantaged children, guidelines which encourage teachers to use a variety of online resources, cloud-based tools and other new approaches.

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Apply here – www.edtechevolution.org until 12 p.m. June 6, 2020.

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