EDUKWEST 99 Matthias Ick Macmillan Digital Education

EDUKWEST #99 with Matthias Ick of Macmillan Digital Education

EDUKWEST 99 Matthias Ick Macmillan Digital EducationI made it to 99 EDUKWEST interviews and thought it would be fun to have an education investor on the show for this repdigit episode!

No sooner said than done I invited Matthias Ick, Managing Director of Macmillan Digital Education whom I’ve had some rather interesting talks with at different occasions over the past couple of months.

Macmillan might still be best known to many of us working in education as one of the big traditional publishing houses with products like onestopenglish for instance. But as we all know, it’s probably wise to look for other opportunities and extend the spectrum of activities and spread into other verticals.

Notably interesting for my work with EDUKWEST are their investment arms, Digital Education as a startup incubator and Macmillan New Ventures for later stage and bigger investments as the name suggests.


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In respect of what I just described as centers of interest, I think this interview will be particularly insightful for the education entrepreneurs and teacherpreneurs who want to gain knowledge about promising new markets, we speak about Brazil in particular, and also how to pitch your products best to an investor like Macmillan Digital Education.

Besides talking about some of their recent investments and why they made these, Matthias shares some knowledge and practical tips to pay attention to when building your MVP (minimum viable product) and then how to reach out and seek investment for your startup.

And as always I hope you enjoy the interview and that it adds value to your knowledge about the space. Please, help share the EDUKWEST experience with other like-minded people in the online education industry and recommend the website or share this interview on social media.

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

  • Making “learning more effective and more fun” may be a phrase we should all have tattooed on us. Learning (young and fit?) is evolving much faster than education (old and fat?) and we have to stay hot on its heels! As for the question “what’s the next big thing?”… if you are waiting to find out the answer you’ll be too late to jump aboard anyway. If you make sure your ideas ARE the next big thing, you won’t miss the boat because you’ll be steering it!