One of the fastest growing verticals in the education space besides MOOCs is probably the edtech incubator / accelerator. Those programs offer training and mentorship, sometimes office space and other perks, in return for some equity in the startup.
Lately, more and more of the established brands in the education space got into this space launching their own programs. Our supporter Macmillan Digital Education, a hybrid between incubator and investor, is one example, Pearson and Kaplan have both launched their initiatives just recently.
One major issue people involved in the space already noticed early on is the lack of educators taking part in these programs. Often they just join events the last day to judge the finished products, but only very few are actually part of startup teams.
When mentoring Startup Weekend London Edu early this year the other mentors and I once again noticed this very problem. Fellow mentor Richard Taylor, a seasoned edtech entrepreneur and angel investor, is now tackling the lack of educators’ involvement by creating a pre-incubator program called ed-invent.
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