New ‘health check’ for edtech startups

Jisc’s new 'step up' programme gives industry endorsement for edtech startups

Jisc and Emerge Education have co-launched a ‘health check’ programme for edtech startups.  

Step up greenlights emerging edtech businesses after a careful assessment of their long-term sustainability.  

Paul Feldman, Jisc chief executive, said: “Our step up programme is a vital development in giving universities and colleges the confidence to engage with innovators offering some fantastic solutions that can make real change in the sector.” 

In April 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) launched the edtech strategy with an aim to integrate the education sector with industry.  

Our step up programme is a vital development in giving universities and colleges the confidence to engage with innovators.
– Paul Feldman, Jisc

Feldman said: “A key step toward this is contributing to the government’s edtech strategy by supporting startups that can help education institutions access products bespoke to their needs, for example platforms that collect real-time feedback on courses.” 

So far, nine edtech startups have received the greenlight from step up, including Unitu. The digital platform facilitates real-time student-staff discussion and feedback.  

Anish BaggaUnitu founder, said: “Jisc’s health check gives that extra reassurance to institutions looking to work with us, helping Unitu support universities to improve the relationship between students and staff.” 

To find out more and learn about the other eight startups that have passed the step up programme, visit https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/edtech-launchpad