The Mayor of London’s International Business Programme and Edtech UK, Britain’s strategic body for education technology, has announced a major trade mission to the US West Coast.
The trip aims to cement London’s position as a global leader in education technology, promote international business growth, and foster transatlantic partnerships.
The mission also takes place during Exporting is GREAT Week, part of a UK Government initiative to inspire and support 100,000 additional exporters.
High-growth UK edtech start-ups on the Mayor’s International Business Programme’s Go To Grow scheme – including Gojimo, Blackbullion, Educational Appstore, FutureLearn, Proversity, Blippar, Whizz Education, and RefME – have been selected to join the mission, which takes place from 18th to 22nd April 2016 in San Diego and San Francisco.
The companies will have the opportunity to explore the US edtech landscape, and to learn about best practice for transatlantic business development. They will attend America’s leading edtech investor conference, the ASU GSV Summit, and will visit prominent investors and incubators, alongside a trip to Facebook’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. In addition, Edtech UK’s CEO, Ian Fordham, will become a mentor on Intel’s prestigious edtech Accelerator programme.
With more world-class universities than any other city in the world and a thriving technology start-up scene, London is driving the growth of the edtech sector across the UK
“The edtech scene in the UK and London is flourishing. With more world-class universities than any other city in the world and a thriving technology start-up scene, London is driving the growth of the edtech sector across the UK, ” commented Sara French, Head of the Mayor’s International Business Programme.
“Connecting the exceptional talent we have in London with the brightest minds in Silicon Valley is vital to ensuring the continued development of the global edtech sector. The mission – which provides the opportunity for participants to scale their business and increase capital – forms a gateway to international expansion, placing Britain at the forefront of the prospering edtech market.”
Ian Fordham, Edtech UK’s CEO, said: “Technology now plays a central role in education and learning delivery and has already resulted in phenomenal growth in the edtech sector. But with the global market expected to be worth ï¿¡129 billion by 2020, there is still plenty of scope for development. We are delighted to work together with the Mayor of London’s International Business team on this edtech mission to create valuable links between the very best companies in London and California, and continue industry growth.”