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TechHeads Education Startups #educationfest


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TechHeads are working to bring together the world of education with startup businesses. At the Education Festival they put on a showcase of some of the startups they are working with.

There was quite a range, from online directories for tutors, to iPhone quiz creators and online learning communities. Rather than the traditional exhibition, these startups are looking for feedback; pitching their ideas to the festival goers. Conversations in the room are about how relevant the ideas are to teachers and students, how they can be improved, and whether their business models sit well with educators. 

There is a strong theme of trying to innovate in this area, with less startups focusing on selling to schools, and instead exploring different models. Tutorfair are creating an online directory for tutors, whilst also funding a charitable arm to bring this tutoring to young people who are unable to afford such a service. 

Knodium have created a social learning environment,free to the learners who want to use it. Institutions pay a fee for their services, but their value proposition is not the useof the service; but the provision of detailed anayltics on the behaviour and learning taking place on the site, which can then be taken advantage of by teachers and lecturers.

There is definitely a feeling of wanting to innovate from these startups, and also a willingness to talk to parents, learners and schools about what they want from the propositons on show. TechHeads are hoping to bring more of these ideas into schools for such feedback to help these businesses develop and serve learners.

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