21 UK edtech startups to watch: The hottest UK edtech startups, from online learning portals to handy tools for teachers and students

Scott Carey
Scott Carey

Scott Carey

Scott is online editor at Techworld and ComputerworldUK.

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The UK is keen to position itself as a hub for education technology (EdTech) that will help students and teachers work and learn better in the future.

Ian Fordham is the CEO of Edtech UK, the strategic body set up to accelerate growth of the UK’s edtech sector, and he sees a booming ecosystem: “It’s an incredibly busy and diverse space. Most people just see apps for schools but our definition of edtech incorporates the whole diverse range of education. So not just school facing but corporate learning and hybrid edtech with other verticals and sectors like fintech, the internet of things (IoT) and digital making, so going down the consumer route.”

Fordham says there are now more than a thousand edtech companies in the UK, and there are still hidden gems that they haven’t reached yet. He says: “We aren’t as mature in terms of the USA, and we are really behind in investment, but it is starting to happen and levels of investment are starting to reach Silicon Valley levels.”

Here are some of the best edtech startups in the UK, from scale ups like RefMe and Technology Will Save Us to innovative early-stage companies like Edalytics and Digital Assess.

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