The Edtech accelerator programme has launched across Europe in a bid to support more teacher-led start ups wanting to use cutting edge technology within their classrooms.
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The incubator programme will aid educators in getting their technology ideas off the ground through a 10 week programme, which is now open to teachers from schools and colleges across the UK and continent.
According to The Education Foundation, the accelerator programme will be tailored to meet the needs of busy teachers’ lives with evening sessions and virtual support from experts in the UK and US.
Dubbed as the ‘teacher innovator,’ the programme will be based at the UCL Academy, in partnership with Tech City.
Ian Fordham, director of the EdTech Incubator, said was vital the needs of educators and innovative startups are supported.
“The introduction of the new computer science curriculum really opens up the space for teacher innovators and teacher-led start ups to grow innovation and positively use technology across education," he said.
“This first Edtech accelerator has been designed with educators and will bring value to their ideas whether at prototype or in need of wider testing. The second Edtech accelerator will open for applications this Autumn and focus on supporting early stage start ups”
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Kit Malthouse, deputy mayor for business and enterprise, said: "Yet again London is leading the way in education, entrepreneurship and innovation by creating the UK and Europe’s first education accelerator programme.
“I applaud the Education Foundation's efforts to create an Edtech incubator to support teacher innovators and Edtech startups to take their ideas to scale and make a direct difference to London's education system and beyond"
Ty Goddard, co-founder of The Education Foundation, added: "The UK and Europe needs to get on the front foot in terms of growing EdTech – accelerators tailored to the needs of educators and others make good sense in terms of growing and testing good ideas.
“The digital and creative sectors are set to grow in London and in other centres in the UK and this approach can add real benefits to growth and employment across the country”