Education Entrepreneurs

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Education Entrepreneurs

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Google Campus
4-5 Bonhill St
London, UK EC2A 4BX

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Startup Weekend brings you London's second education edition - Education Entrepreneurs! 54 hours to make a change and impact education!

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Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with the complementary skills & passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!

We're looking for passionate educators, parents, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers who want to make to make a difference in education now. Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education startup while solving real problems in education.

Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts.  Educators validate ideas, then all attendees vote.  We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!

Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world.  You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!

Sunday evening: Teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.  Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!

Examples of startups founded at Startup Weekend EDU:
  • Night Zookeeper, a digital art and literacy resource, freely available to K-12 teachers, enables children to create a unique magical animal to live in an online zoo.
  • MathChat is a mobile collaboration tool for students to get instant math homework help from friends. 
  • Fantasy GeoPolitics is a fantasy football-like game for social studies and literacy standards.
  • Kidfit Academy- A nonprofit running interactive physical & health education curriculum that empowers students to take control of their health & wellness with fun technology.


Prizes secured so far with several more to come!
  • £5000 of free Zzish credit to the winning team
  • Coverage by Education Investor of winning team(s)
  • Pebble watches for winning team(s)
  • Free Edtech Europe Tickets
  • Fast track application and discount pricing for Incubus accelerator
  • Accelerated application to Emerge Education. Europe's leading Edtech accelerator
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Friday April 10th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday April 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday April 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Pitches

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Nigel Ball - Teach First
Associate Director - Innovation

Nigel was part of the founding team of Teach First's Innovation Unit, which supports the start-up and growth of education social enterprises. Prior to this, Nigel co-founded a business incubator in Kampala, Uganda, after helping to launch two new secondary schools. Nigel is a qualified teacher. 

Oliver Quinlan - Nesta
Programme Manager: Digital Education

Oliver is a writer, researcher and educator. He has been a school teacher, a university lecturer in education, and now manages digital education research projects for innovation charity Nesta.

His first book, ‘The Thinking Teacher‘, was published in January 2014 and challenges assumptions and paradigms in education.

Throughout his projects and writing technology and learning have been a strong theme, particularly the way in which new and social technologies encourage us to re-think education and learning.

Charles Wiles - Zzish
CEO @ Zzish

As Google's first Product Manager hired outside the United States, Charles led the mobile team in London that helped build the first version of the Android operating system

He's an expert in mobile platforms, personalisation big data and edtech. With a PHD in Computer Science and Robotics from Oxford and an MBA from London Business School, he's equally at home working on big data algorithms for deep learning or financial spreadsheets and strategy.

Richard Taylor

- set up & sold Educational Communications (Aust.). Moved with my wife to San Francisco
- two years Senior Manager @DfES Business Development Unit
- set up UK & sold education business intelligence report, 'the assignment report'
- shareholder @ Meissa Ltd - education sector advisory (current)
- set up with Paul Birch - sold to MindCandy/MoshiMonsters 2008 (current shareholder)
- served on Home Office's Independent Monitoring Board @ Wormwood Scrubs Prison 2007- 2009
- Learning Without Frontiers Edu Tech Startup Pitch Fest 2012 judge
- advisor EC1 Capital, TeachPitch
- Start Up Weekend EDU London 2013 - judge, mentor & part of organising team
- contributor to
- angel investor ScienceAgoGo, Night Zookeeper, NearDesk, edapt, Sixth Domain, KnowledgeMotion 

Mark Martin

Mark Martin, aka Urban Teacher, does much more than work as an ICT teacher. He sees his role as that of a true technology evangelist working in the education system and is passionate about getting the most innovative technologies into the hands of learners.In these roles, he has noticed widening gaps between the needs and capabilities of all the stakeholders he encounters – teachers, students and their parents and the programmers and app developers supplying schools with software and content. Keen for these gaps not to widen further, Mark is very passionate about reducing the distance between schools and the wider world of technology.

Coaches and Mentors

Kirsten Campbell
Head of learning

Kirsten Campbell-Howes has worked with many startups during her career in edtech, mostly in the fields of digital and mobile language learning. She has expertise in many areas, including content strategy and production, scaling a business, partnerships, marketing, pricing, hiring, as well as experience of global markets, including Asia, Latin America and Africa.

She is currently Head of Learning for EduMe, a startup focused on providing affordable mobile learning in developing countries.

Octavia Hirst
Community Manager

Spent the past few years playing in the alternative education and digital learning sectors. This includes:
- launching a Mozilla Open Badges initiative for
- designing a bespoke learning platform for
- founding a community based web programming course:

Now working on the confluence between community, product and learning experience design for Kahoot!

Alan Greenberg
Director and Investor at Career Foundry

Formally Director Apple Education EMEA, then Asia, 2004-2009. Led the team who built Education Podcasting, launched iTunes U, developed Apple Education mobile implementation and adoption. Currently advisor, mentor, investor and project manage early stage education technologies and healthcare start ups. Portfolio of education technology companies in London, Berlin and Palo Alto. Mentor at Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, and Telefonica WAYRA Accelerator, London.

Jan Matern
CEO @ Emerge Education

Jan Matern is the Co-Founder and CEO of Emerge Venture Lab which creates sector-specific acceleration programmes for startups that address social and environmental problems at a systems level.

As CEO, Jan is responsible for strategy, investor relations, startup selection, and people. Jan co-founded the Lab during his final year at Oxford University, where he graduated with a 1st class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Obum Ekeke
Program Manager - Google for Education

Obum has worked in various departments - Sales, People Operations and Engineering - at Google since 2007. 

He co-founded the Google Educator Groups program, which is helping educators across the world bring the benefits of technology to schools, classrooms, and communities. He has experience of emerging markets, including Africa, India, Latin America, Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Obum is currently working on tailored programs and outreach that help students use computer science to pursue their dreams and build tools that change the world.

Anish Bagga
CEO @ Unitu

As Co-founder of Unitu, Anish helps increase student satisfaction by providing innovative technology that seamlessly integrates within an academic department’s structure, takes fundamental parts of a student’s academic life and brings them together into one unique environment.

He graduated from LSE driven by a passion towards solving important educational problems through technology. After experiencing and studying the deep-rooted problems within academia, he set out to utilise the power of technology and provide long lasting solutions that would enhance the academic experience.

Daniela Duca
Senior co-design manager, PhD @ Jisc

Daniela Duca is currently managing the Research Data Spring initiative within Jisc, which promotes collaboration and entrepreneurship in building technical and software solutions for research data management.

She has experience in managing innovation in different sectors, having previously worked at Bloomberg, World Bank, EIRIS and The Work Foundation.

Stefan Kiryazov
Co-Founder @ Lexicum

Stefan is an experienced founder, currently running Lexicum and has led a few other startups before that. With Lexicum he won 1st prize at the Language Tech summit in Brussels as well as several other distinctions.

Stefan is also mentoring at UCL and the Incubus London incubator as well as various tech courses to students and professionals.

Martin Ruskov
Co-founder @ Lexicum

Martin has over 10 years of experience as a teacher in higher education. Martin recently finished a PhD at UCL. His topic was in technology-enhanced learning. Since then, he has started working on an EdTech 
startup and has developed several prototypes for serious games.

Owen White
Founder EdTech Futures

Currently investing in early stage startups through Emerge Education, the leading EdTech accelerator in London. After 11 years working in the corporate space (at Pearson) it's exhilarating to revisit my roots and advise startups.

in a variety of different commercial settings: 

in a variety of senior roles:
-Digital Strategy Director
-Chief Technolgy Officer (UK Schools)
-Digital Director (Longman)
-Managing Director (KnowledgeBox)

-Founded re-Animate ltd.
-Developed and licenced animated learning content
-Nurtured to profitability
-Sold in Sherston Software in 2001

David McDougall
Product Manager at Hult International Business School

Has mentored at several startup weekends and understands the pitch process inside-out! If you want to make sure that your pitch is covering all the main criteria that judges will be ranking you on, ensure you get a quick session in with David!

David McDougall
Consultant at Alliants

David McDougall is currently a consultant with Alliants, where he works with companies big and small to innovate and to improve their digital strategy and execution. He also advises early-stage startups in markets including fintech, mobile e-commerce, beauty/fashion, and two-sided marketplaces. He is a frequent organiser and mentor at Startup Weekend and at various accelerators & hackathons in London and beyond, where he teaches teams how to build something people want.

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