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Global EdTech Startup Awards 

Accelerating your company's growth with international recognition, the GESAwards will identify, showcase and recognise the world's most promising EdTech startups of the year.

The Competition

Global EdTech Startups Awards (GESAwards) is an initiative led by a group of leading education innovation organisations from across the world.  


​For the last 3 years, EDUCATE has hosted the UK semifinals of the competition in the late Autumn, picking the contestants for the day through criteria published on the GESAwards website.


GESAwards regional partners are allowed to judge applicants under criteria they believe best suits the purpose of the competition - to find the world's most promising EdTech startup for the year (Terms and Conditions, specifically Clause 11, here).  As such, in addition to those published, EDUCATE will institute an extra criteria based on evidence, as we believe this is an often overlooked aspect of EdTech efficacy in the industry:



​1. Address a clear pain point, relevant to the market

2. Provide an innovative pedagogical approach

3. Offer a relevant user experience

4. Show potential for growth based on a sustainable business model

5. Demonstrate product viability

EDUCATE's additional criteria:

6. Demonstrate evidence of efficacy 

In November 2020, the winner of the UK semifinals was Cognassist, helping every learner reach their full potential through neurodiversity.  Congratulations!

Our two runners up were Enroly and Little Bridge, one of EDUCATE's esteemed EdWard-Level 2-winning alumni.

Below is a timeline of the process created by GESAwards.  It will give you an indication of what next year's event will look like.

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Watch our semifinals competition here, held in November 2020.  We had 4 expert judges and 10 contestants.  It was a lot of fun!

EDUCATE is in partnership with GESAwards and will select participants for, and run, the UK semifinals for the worldwide competition during an online event in late Autumn - sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date. 


Logos, information, branding and timeline figure courtesy of GESAwards and MindCet.