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The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
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During the weekend of the 23rd-25th May Accelerate Cambridge and eltjam will be hosting the first Cambridge EdTech Startup Weekend.
Accelerate Cambridge is the Cambridge Judge Business School’s in-house early venture accelerator. It complements the entrepreneurship programme at Cambridge Judge Business School by focusing on venture creation by teams with a structured combination of training, and mentoring.
eltjam.com is a successful blog focusing on the use and development of EdTech in the field of language learning. eltjam also works with startups and educational publishers in the development of learning products.
EdTech is the focus of considerable publicity and investment at the moment, with the promise of reinventing the enormous global education market through the intelligent and innovative use of online platforms, digital media, mobile devices, big data and social networking. Successful EdTech companies such as Knewton have raised over $100m in investment and are seeking to challenge existing approaches to learning and content delivery on a huge scale. Hundreds of smaller startups are successfully raising money and staking a claim to every imaginable part of the education system. Established education players such as Pearson are investing heavily in the transition of their businesses from print to digital both through internal investment and through an aggressive policy of acquisition of startups. At the same time, media corporations such as Disney and News Corp are moving into education. All of these players are closely watching the current hot topics in EdTech – including adaptive learning, gamification and mobile learning.
The Cambridge EdTech Startup Weekend will bring together budding EdTech entrepreneurs with investors and established EdTech companies. Over the course of the weekend participants will get a chance to develop and pitch their concept to a panel of business leaders and investors with a view to launching a compelling and innovative EdTech business.