UCL EDUCATE presents the GESAwards UK semi-finals

Register for the event now to watch edtech startups pitch their ideas in front of a panel of expert judges, and network with others in the edtech sector

Companies from across the UK will be competing on 16 September in London to represent their country at the Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESAwards) finals, which will take place at the Bett Show in January.

The GESAwards is the world’s largest edtech startup competition, started by MindCET, Israel in 2014. Each year, edtech companies have benefited from being able to connect and build partnerships and business opportunities, as well as compete for the title of the Most Promising EdTech Start-up of the Year.

Thanks to new partnerships with Google Cloud for Startups and AWS Edstart, the prizes also include:

  • First prize: $100,000 Cloud Credits to support the startups’ growth
  • 1stand 2nd runner ups: $20,000 Cloud Credits
  • Finalists: $3,000 Cloud Credits
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UCL EDUCATE presents the GESAwards UK semi-finals this September

Moreover, the finalists and winners who qualify for AWS EdStart Membership Tier will receive instant access as a member.

As the official UK partner to the global competition, UCL EDUCATE is gathering the edtech sector on 16 September at education publisher Hodder Education, which supports the event, for a pitching competition to choose the British winner.

The panel of expert judges will include David Savage, founder of Tech Talks podcast, Carole Morgan, business growth manager at London & Partners, and Leila Guerra, associate dean of programmes at Imperial College London – therefore bringing a variety of relevant perspectives to the competition.

These different outlooks will be needed as the judges will likely have a difficult job deciding between the hardworking entrepreneurs, especially as the startups selected to pitch are working across the edtech sector. Targeting K-12 or higher education – or even lifelong learning focusing on STEM learning, career development, or AI, and developing online learning platforms, course materials or classroom engagement tools – each edtech startup works on their specific corner of the ecosystem.

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Attendees will hear edtech startups pitch their ideas

The event attendees will also have the chance to hear Elizabeth Varley, CEO and founder of TechHub, and Murray Morrison, CEO and founder of Tassomai, exchange views in a fireside chat. Where the former will be able to talk about scaling up and growing a community, the latter will bring a research mindset to the discussion, brought on by their involvement with the EDUCATE programme.


To join this exciting event and meet with fellows entrepreneurs and edtech enthusiasts, register now.