Back in my pre-startup life running corporate development for a large educational publisher I saw dozens, if not hundreds, of education technology companies passionately focused on solving a single problem for instructors, students or administrators. While the focus should have simplified everything they were doing very few of them emerged from the morass to become compelling, scalable businesses with sustainable economics. Why is that?
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Sanoma Learning is making the news this month. We reported on both Sanoma’s Learning Outcomes accelerator program that aims to work together with teachers, students and academics on innovative ideas to improve on learning outcomes and also their recent partnership with adaptive learning platform Knewton.
When it comes to improving learning outcomes it becomes apparent that Sanoma is equally as interested in EdTech startups and recently announced the finalists of its EdTech Startup Challenge.
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The recent acquisition of French e-learning company CrossKnowledge by US publisher Wiley for $175 million is another example of something that we at Edxus have been charting as a trend for some time: the apparent failure of European institutional investors to recognise the strong case for investment in European education technology.