The Global EdTech Startups Awards is a new initiative led by a group of prominent education innovation organizations from across the world. The competition’s goal is to identify, highlight and recognize the world’s most promising EdTech startups for 2014, those which present a potential for groundbreaking learning solutions. We wish to give voice and space to the exciting growing trends in innovation and investments in EdTech currently arising in different parts of the world.
How does GESAwards work?
1st stage (Until July 18): Anyone – a founder, investor, or user (teacher, student or parent) can nominate a startup by filling in the “Add a Startup” form, as well as give their comments, tweets and likes. Representatives from the different world regions will select their 10 most promising startups from the general list.
2nd stage (August 24): A panel of professionals will choose the final 10.
3rd stage: From the professional’s selections, a panel of judges will choose the 3 winners. The panel of judges include renowned figures representing the education and technology industry. An additional popularity G.E.S Award will be granted according to the startup with the highest number of social responses (comments, tweets and likes).
Competition Criteria: The product (1) answers an actual pain (2) has an innovative pedagogical aspect (3) has an outstanding user experience (4) growth potential (5) sustainable business model.
Winners (September 15): The 10 finalists will be invited to the final event when the 4 winners will be selected: 3 from the panel of judges and 1 by popularity from the audience responses.
Prizes: The winners will be awarded with free acceptance to five leading world EdTech ecosystems: Tel Aviv, New York, London, Barcelona and Bogotá ; office space and facilities, mentoring and guidance, over a total period of four months, at the following EdTech accelerators: EdTech Incubator (London), Socratic Labs (New York), P.A.U Education (Barcelona), MindCET (Tel Aviv and Yeruham) and Inncubated (Bogotá).