10 startups selected for the Kickstart Edtech vertical

29.08.2017 12:20

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The edtech vertical of the Kickstart Accelerator program is now ready to begin. Ten startups including four from Switzerland have been selected to join the 11 week program in the EdTech Collider in Lausanne. The public has the opportunity to meet them at the opening ceremony in September

Kickstart Accelerator, together with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have announced the ten education technology (EdTech) startups from six countries which have been selected by a jury of experts to take part in the Kickstart Accelerator program in Lausanne from mid-September to end November 2017. Over 130 startups from four continents and 35 countries were interested in the program. The startups in the first cohort of the EdTech vertical offer solutions ranging from virtual reality to online mobile applications, pre-school to learning and development in businesses, through mathematics applications and nurse training.

The four selected Swiss startups and their founders include:

Dual Academy, Omar Luethi Dual Academy transforms human potential into effective skills and behaviors for today´s digitalized workplace. Dual Academy's programs combine impact and scalability. Contextualized and interactive experiential learning accompanied by experienced coaches from around the world is delivered online. This way, the learning can take place on-the-job, wherever and whenever needed, company-wide, worldwide.

SOSNachhilfe, Christian von Olnhausen – SOSNachhilfehas been called the new "UBER" of private tutoring and is the winner of the BBCW-Award 2017 in Bern. The company offers professional 1:1 tutoring both locally and online, together with a special customer service. The platform and service allows customers to book any teacher at any of their respective available times in a time-efficient manner.

The Experience Accelerator, Sarah Schwab The Experience Accelerator uses the latest cognitive research and digital technologies to help leaders learn new ideas and behaviors faster and more effectively. Using VR and gaming technologies coupled with feedback from a global network of coaches, the service delivers high quality leadership development for corporations, at scale.  It’s a step change in how to accelerate performance at work.

UbiSim, Gauthier Dubruel, Florian Brutsche
UbiSim is a company dedicated to creating interactive training for nursing students using the new possibilities of Virtual Reality (VR). The platform allows schools to respond to student demand for more practical training time, at a fraction of the costs of today's solutions in physical simulation centers. With UbiSim, nursing students can learn and review a wide range of medical scenarios in a realistic and fun way and with immediate feedback after a session.

The other six startups include: Edorble (USA), InTeach (France), MalMath (Germany), Mathrix (France), RyMM (India/Chile) and Urban Social Technologies/U Smart Toys (SPain).

Didier Rey of digitalswitzerland and EPFL emphasizes the strategic importance of EdTech in education, stating that “Switzerland’s combined leadership in Education and Innovation should yield global impact by bringing together leading institutions such as the EPFL, with competencies through the professors, research teams and wider ecosystem. The EdTech Collider offers the ten startups a unique co-working space as a base to collide, explore and expand.”

“Kickstart Accelerator attracts promising technologies in a range of fields and EdTech is no exception,” comments Patricia Schlenter, Program Manager at Kickstart Accelerator.” I am certain that the startups will gain huge benefit from being accelerated in Lausanne and can profit from synergies with EPFL.”

Access to businesses and investors
The startups will be arriving in Switzerland to start an intensive eleven-week program on September 19. They will be based in the EPFL EdTech Collider co-working space for the duration of the acceleration. The startups will have close access to Kickstart Accelerator partner Swisscom and other business partners who will be assisting with proof of concept. During the program they will also have access to investors who have expressed an interest in EdTech investing.

“The global education technology market is estimated to reach USD 252 billion by 2020 and Switzerland has a huge role to play in developing that market,” says Jordi Montserrat, managing director of venturelab . “We hope that the startups will benefit from the vibrant ecosystem here in Lausanne to launch their international expansion. We hope many of the players here in Western Switzerland will attend the Opening and Closing ceremonies on September 20 and November 23 respectively.”


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