Educate Ventures has entered a collaboration to launch an ed tech accelerator in Sweden. The company is partnering with Swedish Edtest, the national testbed for the use of technology in education and the trade association, Swedish EdTech Industry. The long-term goal of the collaboration is to provide better digital products to students, educators and schools, and a pilot will begin in the autumn.

Professor Rose Luckin, director of Educate Ventures said: “The collaboration with Sweden moves our company into the international sphere and strengthens its reputation as the leading research-led accelerator globally. It is important that we all learn from each other in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the increase in ed tech us around the world.”

Dr Becky Sage, Educate’s director of acceleration, added: “We are very excited to be launching the first international Educate accelerator with Swedish Edtest, whose programme is already doing such great work to bring together ed tech companies with educators. Our work really compliments what they are doing. Using the Educate acceleration methodology we can add value to Swedish ed tech enterprises by helping them develop evidence-informed ed tech alongside educators, providing connection across the education ecosystem and even greater benefit to learners.”

Hanna Elving leads Swedish Edtest, which has 13 partners comprising around 700 preschools and schools, and is running the pilot. She said: “For us in the Swedish Edtest testbed, the collaboration with Educate is part of our work to develop quality in both the range of digital learning resources and their use on a scientific basis. Currently, Sweden lacks a context where researchers, educators and companies can meet and together drive quality and development. We aim to fill that hole and see this collaboration as a first step.”

Jannie Jeppesen, chief executive of Swedish EdTech Industry, commented: “The collaboration with Educate is a way of helping Swedish ed tech companies to not only develop evidence-based products, but also to attract capital, to grow and provide the opportunity for more people to use their products. Innovation must benefit many people. The aim is to eventually develop a Nordic hub for evidence-based ed tech in collaboration with Educate.”

Date published: 4 June 2021

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