Euro Accelerator LearnSpace Graduates First EdTech Cohort

The rise of edtech over the last ten years was a US phenomenon, rising from almost nothing in 2009 to over $700 million in the first half of 2018. In the last few years, edtech investment got white hot and lapped the US. Chinese edtech firms, which raised $2.2 billion across 270 deals in the first half of 2018.

Less visible in the US is the European market. As the second largest global market in educational spending, Europe has an undeniable potential role in the development of the edtech market. Despite 3,000 edtech companies across the region, the continent receives just 8% of worldwide investments.

LearnSpace, the first French accelerator dedicated to edtech, aims to change that. They ran their inaugural cohort from May to July this year. The group consists of 5 startups from around Europe. The program was designed in conjunction with teachers and researchers, indicating a unique level of emphasis being placed on developing edtech products grounded in sound pedagogy and the day-to-day dynamics of learning environments.

In addition to practitioners and academics, LearnSpace startups are mentored by successful edtech entrepreneurs, edtech investors, and heads of corporate training as they work to develop their strategy and product during the intensive 11-week program.

The program is supported by research, experimentation, and business mentoring by experts and entrepreneurs

The acceleration program was designed in collaboration with Nawal Abboub and Calliste Scheibling-Sève, cognitive science researchers, and Anne Clémence Le Noan, a French teacher.