EdTech Pitch Battle #01

EdTech Pitch Battle #01 – September 26th 2013

EdTech Pitch Battle #01

EDUKWEST in partnership with Macmillan Digital Education is going to host the first EdTech Pitch Battle on Thursday, September 26th at 6pm BST | 7pm CEST.

The event is going to be streamed live via Google Hangouts on Air, EDUKWEST’s YouTube channel, EDUKWEST and EDUKWEST Europe.

Five education technology startups from across Europe and the Middle East are going to pitch a panel that is made up of one leading edtech blogger, one seasoned edtech entrepreneur and one edtech investor. The event is moderated by Kirsten Winkler, editor-in-chief of EDUKWEST.

The Twitter hashtag for the first EdTech Pitch Battle is #EPB01

The Rules

The pitch battle starts with the 60 seconds elevator pitches of all contestants. After the jury listened to all the pitches, the jurors are invited to ask further questions to clarify certain aspects of the product or service.

After this Q&A session the judges allocate their points. The panel votes on two aspects, pitch and the startup’s potential to make an impact in its market. Each judge can allocate 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points to the contestants per aspect. The startup with the most points wins the pitch battle.

EdTech Pitch Battle Audience Choice

The live audience on YouTube and social media is also invited to vote for their favorite startup. After the pitches and Q&A EDUKWEST is going to share the link to a poll. The startup with the most votes here wins the Audience Choice Award of the EdTech Pitch Battle.

The Judges

Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Startups that get my attention are companies creating tools that help students create videos/ podcasts/ and interactive media.

Richard Byrne is best known in the educational technology community for his award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. On a daily basis Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches a subscriber base of more than 57,000 educators.

In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard also maintains iPad Apps for School, Android for Schools, and PracticalEdTech.com. Richard’s printed work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and columns for Teacher Librarian.

Richard has been invited to speak at conferences and at schools across North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Richard’s work is focused on helping teachers effectively use free technology resources in their classrooms.

Matthew Burr

Matthew Burr
Nomadic Learning

I’m particularly interested in companies that are leveraging the mobile/social web to re-imagine the online learning experience as something engaging, connected, and transformative. For me that begins with innovative thinking about content, instructional design, and UX.

Matt leads content design/production, business development, strategy and sales at Nomadic Learning. Most recently the CEO of 50Lessons, one of the industry’s leading providers of business education content, Matt led the successful turnaround and subsequent sale of the business to SkillSoft, the world’s largest corporate e-Learning company.

At 50Lessons Matt formed close relationships with partners like The Economist, the University of Phoenix, Harvard Business Publishing and many of the other leading names in business education.

Before this Matt spent 7 years in China working in various media and education ventures, including as CEO of an AIM-Listed company.Matt is a fluent Mandarin speaker, a curriculum designer, and a graduate of Washington University in St Louis.

Frank Bonsal

Frank Bonsal
New Markets Venture Partners

Frank Bonsal III has twenty-five years experience advancing efficacy, innovation and productivity in and around education and the knowledge economy.Frank is a Venture Partner with New Markets Venture Partners, which he joined in 2007 and where his focus is on early stage investments in education technology and service companies.

As a long term Partner with Bonsal Capital, and through his role at New Markets, Frank has invested in over twenty private education companies throughout the U.S.

On behalf of New Markets, Frank is currently the Board Director at Calvert Education, Questar Assessment and Think Through Learning, and a Board Observer at BetterLesson, Kickboard, PresenceLearning and Starfish Retention Solutions, and previously with Moodlerooms.

Charles McIntyre

Charles McIntyre
IBIS Capital

I am interested in edtech start-ups that provide solutions for problems that exist today. Technology can achieve many wonderous things but in order to create a business we need to solve the real problems we face at the moment.

After a short spell as a journalist, Charles joined in 1991 a then small venture capital group called Apax Partners. Over the next 8 years, he helped build the company’s investment banking media franchise and becoming, at the age of 29, the company’s youngest director. Apax Partners today is one of the world’s leading private equity fund managers with a significant presence in the media sector.

In 1998, Charles, together with other colleagues, spun off the investment banking business of Apax Partners to form a new group called Altium Capital. As the Managing Director responsible for European Media, he helped with international expansion of the group across 7 countries. Following this expansion, Altium Capital was successfully sold to a German financial services group.

In 2003, Charles decided to set up his own firm IBIS Capital together with a highly regarded Citibank media equity analyst called David Forster. IBIS Capital has been built over the last 10 years into a specialist media investment and advisory business spanning investment banking, venture capital and hedge fund management.

Charles is CEO of IBIS Capital’s investment banking operations and a senior partner in the venture capital division. In 2013, Charles co-founded and launched EdTech Europe an annual European summit for the companies and investors involved in the European e-Learning market.

The Contestants

 Hamish Brocklebank Flooved

Hamish Brocklebank
Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Flooved saves students money by providing free, interactive and social eTextbooks in Maths and Physics written by some of the worlds best professors. In addition to being 100% free, our reading experience offers shared annotations and Q&A features (all enabling Latex!), helping students engage with their content and giving them that edge to succeed.

flooved.com | @flooved

Jozef Misik Linguistadores

Jozef Misik

Linguistadores offers more relevant language learning: real-life content targeted to the users’ interest and proficiency level. Users learn by reading today’s news, watching popular videos and listening to latest songs. Linguistadores’ adaptive, student-centered approach is enabled by computational linguistics technology and can be integrated with any course curriculum.

linguistadores.com | @linguistadores

Bassem Fayek SkillAcademy

Bassem Fayek

SkillAcademy, is an online learning management system for corporates, NGOs, and other organizations helping them develop their people and community using existing MOOCs. Organizations plug-n-play a university-size e-learning platform with 10,000 courses and start to mix-n-match them in “skillcamps,” which are then sent to target trainees based on job role, seniority level, or project type.

skillacademy.com | @skillacademy

Tiffany Reiss TheHubEdu

Tiffany Reiss
Co-Founder and CEO

TheHubEdu is a collaborative workspace for instructors and students to organize, share and discuss course resources both within and beyond classroom walls. Create public, private and community shelves of digital learning resources and share with others. It’s really that simple.

thehubedu.com | @thehubedu

Leon Markovitz WikiBrains

Leon Markovitz
Co-Founder and CMO

Launched in January 2013, WikiBrains is a quickly growing community where students learn faster, smarter, together. Their patent-pending technology leverages the wisdom of crowds to create a learning environment that’s powered by the collective curiosity. And it all starts with brainstorms.

wikibrains.com | @wikibrains

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.

  • Michael Adams

    Sounds like a great event — can’t wait to hear more about it!