All posts by Kirsten Winkler

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST.

Cursopedia – Why European Clones are Inevitable

If you are writing about the global startup scene you often come across the notion that all of the innovation happens to take place in the US whereas Europe, especially Germany, is going to clone the successful concepts, build a local version and hope that one day the US company is going to acquire its European clone in order to get its foothold on the other side of the pond.

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Babble Planet becomes Pili Pop – launches iPhone App

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Pili Pop (formerly Babble Planet) is a Paris-based startup that specializes in creating applications for young learners in the ESL space. The first version of their app for iPad showed some promising traction. With 50.000 downloads in 37 countries and 1.5 million English words mastered.

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EDUKWEST launches EDUKWEST Europe

When I started EDUKWEST in August 2009 I always had the goal to cover global trends in education technology. Of course due to a better funding and startup support ecosystem the US often took the mainstage in our coverage.

Sure, there have been highlights like Mendeley, busuu and babbel.com that were able to make a global impact in terms of user adoption, innovation and ability to raise money but in general the European edtech space was not really that exciting.

But something has changed in the European education startup scene. Over the past couple of months, maybe six to eight, I noticed that not only new startups are popping up again but also that the ecosystem seems to get a boost through events like Startup Weekend, Edtech Europe or investors and incubators like Macmillan Digital Education / Digital Science and Edxus Group.

Therefore I decided to launch EDUKWEST Europe. True to our mission statement “on the search for better education” we are going to dig ourselves into the European Education startup scene, trying to find the most promising players early on.

Also true to the European Union, this blog is going to feature articles in multiple languages. For the launch we are going to concentrate on English, French and German but more languages are going to be added over time.

Needless to say, I am pretty excited about this new blog and to cover the European EdTech startup scene in closer detail from now on. Of course, EDUKWEST is going to stay and cover the rest of the globe.