Education today is more important than ever. With an increasing number of young people entering the workplace chasing down seemingly fewer available positions, it pays to achieve the best education that you are able to.
Fortunately, technology is there to lend a hand, and there are some truly amazing companies producing incredible apps and platforms to help both those working in education and those wishing to study.
Here are 25 startups worth a closer study.
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AMBOSS is a medical technology start-up that offers an educational platform designed for medical students, making medical knowledge accessible to aspiring doctors. Students can use the interactive library and high-yield question bank to study and revise, and doctors employ AMBOSS to arrive at optimal clinical decisions guided by evidence-based recommendations. Over half a million healthcare professionals in over 180 countries use AMBOSS.
Benedikt Hochkirchen, Jan Sievert Weiss, Kenan Hasan, Madjid Salimi, Nawid Salimi
Total funding: €35m
Aula is a digital campus that accompanies an institution’s physical campus, enabling innovative ways of teaching and community building. The social learning platform designed for educational usage replaces emails and learning management systems (such as Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, D2L) with a digital infrastructure aimed at student engagement and participation.
Adrian Franklin, Anders Krohn, Jean Petreschi, Oliver Nicolini
Total funding: $4.2m
Brainly is an online learning platform helping students and parents to access homework and study help from peers and experts. Brainly is available for mobile and the web, allowing secondary school students to ask questions freely to the online community made up of students, parents, and teachers. Brainly was created with the vision of helping students gain the confidence that comes from helping others and encouraging them to interact in a collaborative learning environment. Brainly is available in 35 countries.
Lukasz Haluch, Michał Borkowski, Tomasz Kraus
Total funding: $148.5m
Busuu is the world’s largest social network for language learning, boasting 90 million users. Busuu is available for mobile and the web offering free and premium models where users can access interactive courses to learn 12 different languages. The founders’ mission is to allow everyone to become bilingual. Unlike other language learning platforms, Busuu inspires collaborative learning by offering users the unique opportunity to engage with native speakers.
Adrian Hilti, Bernhard Niesner
Total funding: €14m
Chegg is a student media learning platform designed to give 24/7 homework help to students. Chegg also offers services to both universities and community colleges. The startup provides digital and physical textbook rentals, textbook solutions, online tutoring, and other student services.
Aayush Phumbhra, Josh Carlson, Osman Rashid
Total funding: $252.3m
Classplus is a mobile-first SaaS platform that enables private coaching institutes to streamline their video distribution, payments, communication, and online assessments through a single platform. Classplus’s mission is to redefine classroom engagement and give students more ease of access to educational materials.
Bhaswat Agarwal, Bikash Dash, Mukul Rustagi, Nikhil Goel, Vatsal Rustagi
Total funding: $24.2m
Coachhub is dubbed the ‘mobile coaching cloud’, providing personalised coaching for employees at all career levels. CoachHub’s mission is to assign a personal coach to every employee to guide them throughout their career and to help them progress personally and professionally. The platform offers users a group of the best, certified coaches from all around the world, with who users can connect through live coaching sessions via video conferencing on mobile and web.
Matti Niebelschuetz, Yannis Niebelschuetz
Total funding: $54m
Duolingo is a language-learning education platform that offers 98 total courses across nearly 40 distinct languages. Duolingo’s users are able to learn languages for free, though they can also pay $7 each month for a premium service with added benefits. According to Duolingo, 30 million users are actively learning languages on its platform, and it has quickly become one of the most popular educational apps across the globe.
Luis von Ahn, Severin Hacker
Total funding: $183.3m
Gojimo was created by student George Burgess when he was disappointed in the quality of educational apps on the market. Gojimo is education software that helps students with exam preparation. The revision app is available for the iPhone, iPad, Android, and the web.
Total funding: $3m
Handshake is a college career network that helps students and recent graduates progress into their next career opportunity making opportunities fairer and ensuring that students can start a meaningful career regardless of their background and degree subject. As well as giving students more access, Handshake aids with recruitment by providing employers with more comprehensive and efficient access to talent and gives universities more tools for getting their students into employment.
Ben Christensen, Garrett Lord, Scott Ringwelski
Total funding: $234m
InSimu is an interactive patient simulator app, allowing doctors and medical students to practice and make a diagnosis on virtual patients. It also allows medical doctors and students to practice their future clinical work in the safety of virtual reality.
Andrea Herdon, Gabor Toth, János Vincze, Tamás Katona
Total funding: €857k
Interfolio is aimed at higher education institutions, providing a better workflow and shared governance technology for faculty and universities. Interfolio offers a unique holistic Faculty Information System which supports all stages of faculty work from hiring to annual review, service, activity reporting, scholarly data collection and validation, and more.
Dominic O’Connor, Steve Goldenberg
Total funding: $14m
Kide Science is an educational platform designed to develop young children’s scientific knowledge and skills via story-based hands-on experiments that solve real science problems. Developers at Kide Science have based their pedagogical methods on years of academic research for optimal learning outcomes. Kide Science provides educators and parents with educational materials to teach STEM education in a classroom or remotely in a fun way.
Aino Kuronen, Jenni Vartiainen, Sari Hurme-Mehtala
Total funding: €2.7m
MEL Science is a virtual reality educational startup that offering a subscription-based mix of physical chemistry lab sets and VR programmes. On a monthly basis, MEL Science delivers the physical educational chemistry experiment materials, and a series of associated VR experiences to help them develop their theoretical understanding of the experiments. MEL Science is now expanding from chemistry to physics and biology, with the goal of reaching 5,000 schools globally.
Total funding: $26.7m
Memrise is a language learning platform available as a mobile app for iOS, Android, and on the web. Memrise makes it cost-effective and free to learn languages online on its free and ad-free platform. Memrise has more than 150 language courses across 25 languages. The app has over 40 million registered users.
Ben Whately, Ed Cooke, Greg Detre
Total funding: $21.8m
OpenCampus is a campus management platform that allows educational institutions to manage their processes and service their students. Open Campus’s mission is to make education easier for institutions and to provide access more easily. Open Campus uses its patented open adoption software (OAS) technology to provide solutions such as cloud-based courses, examinations, applications, course evaluations, payments, reports, academic records, authoring systems, attendance monitoring, and faculty management.
Total funding: $565.2k
Peergrade is an online educational platform designed to facilitate peer feedback sessions with students. The goal of Peergrade is to drastically reduce the time spent on grading while increasing the quality of feedback, and to give students a better learning experience.
David Kofoed Wind, Malthe Jørgensen, Simon Lind
Total funding: $1.9m
Perlego is considered the Spotify for eBooks. It is an eBook subscription service providing both academic and professional titles. Perlego’s mission is to make learning material more widely available at an affordable price for students and professionals. Perlego has collaborated with over 2,600 of the world’s best publishers, and Perlego users have unlimited access to over 400,000 eBooks and publications when they pay an affordable monthly subscription.
Gauthier Van Malderen, Matthew Davis
Total funding: $15m
PushFar is a mentoring and career progression platform, designed to make mentoring sessions easy for both individuals and organisations. PushFar is an open mentoring network, where anybody can sign up at no cost to find a mentor or volunteer to mentor others. Not only does it help with mentoring, but users can also use PushFar to network and connect with other professionals to develop their careers. The platform also encompasses a range of career progression tools and techniques.
PushFar also licenses its technology to various worldwide companies, which use the technology to streamline mentoring programmes and schemes to their employees.
Ed Johnson, Gabriel Sirbu
Total funding: £405k
Qoorio is a marketplace for knowledge and experience. Qoorio is aimed at providing access to real-life knowledge, by connecting those who need access to knowledge with those who specialise in that subject area. Some of the topics on the platform for users to browse through and connect with professionals include law, economics, politics, engineering. Once they have matched with a professional they can chat.
Total funding: €2m
Quizlet is a learning platform that uses activities and games to help students learn and master educational material. Quizlet’s mission is to make great learning tools that are accessible to students worldwide. It was created by pupil Andrew Sutherland to study high school French vocabulary. Quizlet amasses millions of unique visitors per month, from secondary education to higher education, who use Quizlet’s web and mobile learning tools and games to study a variety of subjects.
Andrew Sutherland, David Margulius
Total funding: $62m
Teacherly turns teachers into teams using collaborative lesson planning and peer-to-peer coaching with a focus on flexible teaching and interactive curriculum. Teacherly also allows teachers to deliver lessons remotely, anywhere, anytime, using voice technology as an assistant. Teacherly allows teachers to create a framework for planning lessons.
Total funding: $1.8m
Tutorful is an online education company aiding parents and students across the UK in finding their perfect private tutor for their subject and educational level. Tutorful has grown to have over 8,000 tutors teaching thousands of lessons each week, nationwide.
Mark Hughes, Scott Woodley
Total funding: £4.6m
Unacademy is an online learning platform providing preparation materials for major competitive examinations as well as video lectures on a variety of different subjects users can access free of charge. Unacademy takes aspirational students to the next level by making exam prep and independent learning easy.
Gaurav Munjal, Hemesh Singh, Roman Saini, Sachin Gupta
Total funding: $398.5m
Zen Educate is a streamlined platform targeted at education professionals. It is designed to help teachers and teaching assistants to find work in schools without having to pay expensive fees to agencies.
Oren Cohen, Slava Kremerman
Total funding: £9.4m
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