London’s UCL Edtech Labs chooses Toronto, Canada to launch inaugural Americas accelerator with Knowledgehook
Toronto, Canada and London, UK
The University College London (UCL) edtech accelerator program called Edtech Labs has launched today in the Americas with its first cohort of built-in startups, all set to begin the 12-week experience. In collaboration with Knowledgehook, one of Canada’s leading fast-growing edtech technologies, the program will focus on ambitious founders who see the importance of applying UCL’s solid research methods to build its products to achieve a tangible educational impact in a world of gamification and technology first. edtechs. Innovative edtech companies will come together from across the continent, representing Canada, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and more in the first group.
Program Director and Founder of UCL Edtech Labs, Houtan Froushan He said: “We are excited to bring our program to the Americas via Toronto, which is full of edtech fever. This expansion includes the many opportunities that are available through international partnerships and cooperation with innovators and It is estimated that over the next 30 years, we will see 2 billion more students, so developing businesses and designing products with the student at heart is critical if we are to fulfill our joint goal of improving education for all, everywhere. “
The workshops will be led by experts who have trained hundreds of founders, while the teams will experience first-hand what a successful startup culture is like, hosted in Knowledgehook offices and with access to ideas from their team members.
Knowledgehook has become the partner of UCL Edtech Labs in America, covering North America, Central America and South America. The partnership will combine the innovative approach and knowledge of the Knowledgehook regional sector with the London Learning Innovation Program which has grown from University College London.
Recently appointed President of the Americas of UCL EdTech Labs, Qamar Qureshi “We are proud of the establishment, and excited about the prospects, of this prestigious partnership. Our joint goal is to make Toronto not only the center of research-supported technology solutions, but also a catalyst for growth in Americas, as well as a launch pad for international companies, the uproar and positivity of the industry, both in Toronto and across the continent, is encouraging, and we are delighted with this inaugural cohort of edtech entrepreneurs. It is a natural progression, as it is through international cooperation, which brings different perspectives and ideas to the forefront, that we will see this exciting ecosystem grow to fulfill the potential impact that education has on the world, without leaving any student behind. “.
“This new joint initiative will also help build and develop the flow of edtech investments into alternative markets. Last year we saw a threefold increase in risk financing in our industry compared to previous levels. the pandemic, adding 17 new edtech unicorns for a total of 38. With Toronto’s talented research and engineering ecosystem and our access to financial markets, which already attracts several tech giants to the city, has become in the ideal environment for start-ups, this combination of universities and Big Tech has fostered global innovation, collaborations that further justify the need for this partnership, as we combine cutting-edge and equitable technology. proven by patient capital research “.
The cohort of twelve startups from across America will gather in Toronto, Canada, and will be housed in the Knowledgehook offices. The 12-week program will consist of applying the research-focused method of UCL Edtech Labs to its products and companies, expert and academic advice, and a series of community events. The program culminates in a Demo Day, where participants will introduce investors, publishers and policy makers.
Knowledghook CEO and co-founder Travis Ratnam acknowledged the importance of this new partnership: “From day one, Houtan and its team have strived to achieve the same goal of allowing an evidence-based approach to product development for greater impact and visibility. in a global scenario.
“Both organizations strongly believe that only through partnerships between Edtech companies and research-based academic support will we be able to drive the global ecosystem to promote innovation in a way that meets the needs of the student.”
About UCL Edtech Labs
UCL Edtech Labs is a UCL-led program that connects the learning innovation community with the world’s best educational research and business practice, developing and growing the brightest innovators in learning and teaching. whose visions are fundamentally reshaping the way people learn. Its pioneering approach aims to create and develop world-class EdTech products and services, based on what works for teachers and learners.
Allow entrepreneurs to grow and thrive, creating the best products that have been tried and tested with the student at heart. UCL Edtech labs has the support of Santander Universities, AWS, OneValley and IDEALondon, and is in partnership with University College London. For more information, visit www.UCLedtechlabs.com
Knowledgehook is a leading Canadian-based educational technology company that actively collaborates with governments around the world while working directly with districts and schools to provide educational STEM solutions aligned with the curriculum in English, French and Spanish. Today, the company empowers teachers from more than 150,000 schools. By 2023, the solution is expected to reach 50,000,000 students worldwide.
Winner of the Google Game Changer Award and named Top Disruptor by BNN, its platform analyzes students’ understanding through engaging assessments, providing customized real-time solutions to close learning gaps between classroom and classroom teaching. learning at home. Designed by leading numerics and research experts, Knowledgehook’s instructional guidance system is known for reinventing how online technology supports education and educators while inspiring tomorrow’s problem solvers.
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