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This article was published on April 17, 2014


    EdTech champions: The Sanoma startup challenge presents its 5 finalists

    EdTech champions: The Sanoma startup challenge presents its 5 finalists
    Patrick de Laive
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    Patrick de Laive

    CPO and co-founder, TNW

    Patrick de Laive is an experienced entrepreneur and daddy of Bo and Denne. He is co-founder of TNW and sporadicly invests in startups. He is Patrick de Laive is an experienced entrepreneur and daddy of Bo and Denne. He is co-founder of TNW and sporadicly invests in startups. He is a frequently asked speaker at (tech) events across the globe. Check his LinkedIn profile and @Patrick on Twitter for more information.

    One space in tech that is not broadly covered, but is super interesting, is education. Finnish media and learning giant Sanoma ($3 billion revenue in 2013) organised a Startup Challenge to find the most interesting EdTech companies in Europe. Over a hundred companies, from 24 countries, joined the competition.

    Now five companies battle for the $35k check that Sanoma is awarding to the winner.

    The five companies are:

    • Wewanttoknow(Norway) creates learning solutions based on games, teaching difficult subjects in an easy, quick, fun and effective way.
    • EduKey(Wales) improves student behavior in schools seating by offering seating charts & behavior management software.
    • Labster(Denmark) creates and offers revolutionary, motivating, and globally scalable science education software that enhances education for students of bio-sciences.
    • Eduvee(England) is an intuitive learning and tutoring platform that integrates and delivers personalized curriculum mapped multi-media content to learners on any device.
    • Jumpido(Bulgaria) re-imagines education through games combining physical exercise with engaging math problems.

    All finalists will present their company on stage next week at TNW Europe Conference in Amsterdam, where a jury will determine the winner of the challenge.

    Besides the presentations of these five startups there will be a track covering education with speakers like Dale Stephens (founder Uncollege), John Martin (CEO Sanoma Learning) and Matt Cynamon (Regional director Europe at General Assembly).