The Cool Initiatives Education Challenge is a competition to find the most promising education technology (edtech) of the future. In this competition, Cool Initiatives is not awarding a grant or makinThe Cool Initiatives Education Challenge is a competition to find the most promising education technology (edtech) of the future. In this competition, Cool Initiatives is not awarding a grant or making capital investment in the winning business - this is a simple prize-giving competition with cash prizes of £10,000 to the winner, £5,000 to the runner-up and £500 to other finalists.
The competition has three stages:
Stage 1 - Deadline 28 February 2018: You can submit your entry by completing questions 1 to 10 on this page. At point 11, you can submit a short video of up to three minutes duration to help judges understand the "what, why and how" of your idea, product or service. Once you're happy with your answer, just click on "Connect with Cool Initiatives" at the bottom of the page to submit your application. Successful applicants will be invited to Stage 2 on or around 9 March 2018 and asked to complete another more detailed written application before finalists are chosen to participate in the final pitching session. Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified, but individual feedback about applications cannot be provided.
Stage 2 - 10 March 2018 to 31 March 2018: If you're successful at Stage 1, you'll be invited to complete another more detailed written application with more information about your business model, technology innovation, and route to market. Our assessors will then select our Finalists.
Stage 3 - on 18 May 2018: Finalists will present their projects in person to a panel of judges. If you're selected as a finalist, you'll be offered free-of-charge 1-2-1 pitch training by Cool Initiatives representatives to help tighten your pitch before you present to the judges.
Assessment at each stage is undertaken by a panel of judges that represents Cool Initiatives and the edtech industry. Final decisions as to who is awarded the prizes are made by Cool Initiatives.
At any stage during or after the competition, representatives of Cool Initiatives may wish to have follow-up conversations with you about your business and where there could be opportunities available in the future. Cool Initiatives has access to significant private funding and has, through its related companies, strong trading relationships with thousands of schools across the UK.more
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