Who we are
EDUCATE is the leading research and business training programme for EdTech startups in London. Housed within the UCL Institute of Education, the programme promotes excellence in EdTech by cWho we are
EDUCATE is the leading research and business training programme for EdTech startups in London. Housed within the UCL Institute of Education, the programme promotes excellence in EdTech by connecting the EdTech community to the world’s best educational research and practice.
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and in partnership with UCL Engineering, BESA, F6S and Nesta, we are using our academic and business know-how to bring EdTech products to life. Our pioneering approach aims to build and develop world-class EdTech products and services based on what works for teachers and learners.
Since our launch in 2017, we have seen over 100 EdTech startups successfully complete the programme, with many going on to gain additional investment, building their networks and partnerships, and vastly enhancing the effectiveness and credibility of their products.
The EDUCATE programme is split into two phases. Phase I is a 14-week intensive during which participants receive a course of hands-on support through workshops and training sessions. These include:
Testing Business Models
Educational Research – Methodology and Methods
Business Sustainability Funding
Data Collection in EdTech Research
EdTech Product Development
Developing a Research Proposal
As well as structured workshops, participants also have access to research and business mentoring during weekly clinics. These are particularly valuable in Phase II of the programme, which focuses on applying research practice to the development of EdTech products.
Joining the programme
In order to apply to be part of our programme we are looking for entrepreneurs with the following criteria:
Your product must hold some sort of educational merit or service
You must be “research ready” ((i.e. something to test and ready to engage with academic research))
Your company must be based and operating in a London Borough
Your company must be an SME (i.e. less than 250 employees; Annual turnover less than €50m (approximately £43.2m); balance sheet less than €43m (approximately £37.2m); and that the business is less than 25% owned by entities not meeting these criteria.)more
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