Today, education doesn’t stop after students graduate; many continue learning throughout their life. And in addition to adult learning courses at colleges and universities, a lot of courses are now offered online – ranging from MOOCs (“massive open online course”) to many apps. At the Global Education & Skills Forum in March, two of the 10 finalists were lifelong learning startups. Here are four of the most promising EdTech startups around.
Don’t have time to read a book a day? German startup Blinkist, co-founded in 2012 by CEO Holger Seim, is a platform with more than 2,500 non-fiction books summarised in 15 minute audio and text digests known as ‘blinks.’ The summaries, which are created by an editorial team, list the main ideas in the title. With more than 10 million users worldwide, the company has raised $34.8 million (£28m) in funding.
Founded in Prague by developers Anna Danilec and Radoslaw Fabisiak in 2018, this e-learning platform offers programming courses – around blockchain, cryptocurrency, machine learning and web development. The introductory Blockchain course is offered for free, and for many beginner courses users don’t need to have any prior programming experience.
Fabíola da Rocha Borba set up Brazilian startup Signa in 2016 as a “Netflix of sign language courses.” It’s a platform that offers online courses to help people hard of hearing prepare for job interviews and succeed professionally, as many deaf people have trouble reading fluently. Signa’s courses are in sign language. Currently, the training courses are aimed at users in Brazil, but da Rocha Borba plans to expand to North America soon.
Founded in 2018 by Monique Baars and Hannes Leskelä, this startup seeks to help people around the world become financially literate, especially if they live in developing countries. Its AI-powered chatbot educates users about making informed financial decisions. “We are preparing for pan-African expansion to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, and are exploring opportunities in India, Latin America and South East Asia,” says Baars.
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