Top 5 Edtech Startups To Look Out For In 2021

Edtech has revolutionized learning.

From being just a tool, they’ve turned into a necessity.

With the current pandemic situation, colleges and universities are closed, sports activities have been paused, and undoubtedly, learners are looking for better opportunities to stay home safe without hampering their education, in any way.

As per a report by Forbes,

“Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, record amounts of investment have flowed into the digital education market, with forecasts suggesting the sector will nearly double in value to $325bn by 2025.”

Without a doubt, edtech startups are blossoming opportunities for businesses.

University enrollment is down around the US, with an unrelenting pressure on university business models to stand out and help the learners learn, and the tutors, teach.

Edtech has been positioned as a solution to the largest obstacle : remote learning.

With the limit caused by the pandemic; students, parents and educators scrambled to shift online. As we evolve into a world of life-long learning, some edtech platforms have come up with innovative ways to deliver their services.

Here are our top 5 picks that are empowering the educational system.

Outschool

When I initially learned about Outschool in 2017, it was a remote learning tool for homeschoolers.

With the current COVID situation, they revamped their approach towards learning.

Outschool, now offers over 100,000 live online classes, with more than 500 learners, and around $45M teacher earnings, and that surely is quite impressive. LEGO engineering, Minecraft sessions, isn’t something anyone would learn in their regular school environment.

Other than that, Outschool offers live online lessons that connect tutors with learners aged between 3 and 18 in a variety of streams including Maths, Spanish, Baking, Art, Reading, and much more. It also provides extracurricular classes such as weather forecasting, Pokemon, Science, and other interest based subjects.

Outschool started as a platform for homeschooled children to support their extra-curricular activities. The platform generated a revenue worth $54M, compared to $6M last year. Splendid.

Esme Learning

Esme Learning’s approach is engaging, research-based, and collaborative AI enhanced learning.

The founders, Beth Porter and David Schrier who’ve already established themselves as the leading pioneers of advanced online learning started Esme Learning in 2019. With edX, Pearson education, and 5 renowned books, their deep passion for education and the desire to provide highest quality tech-enabled platforms have transformed online learning.

Esme Learning channelizes group collaboration technologies developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and expects to transform online learning for business executives.

Talk about mock learning sessions, Esme learning has nailed that. In their Oxford Cyber Security Programme, learners participate in LIVE cyber attack simulation where each team member assumes a specific role within a fictitious organization that has been victim of a cyber breach.

I mean, how cool is that!

Esme Learning leverages dozens of lessons from cognitive and neuroscience, to deliver an immersive and highly applied group learning experience for the learners.

The platform supports individual executives, universities, and corporations. This helps the learners transform their careers, start fresh new ventures, and understand business ingenuity better.

Riff, a cloud-based video and text chat platform that serves as a personal digital coach to provide objective, real-time, data-driven evaluations to help optimise learning, powers Esme Learning.

This indeed is a great way to introduce emerging technologies like AI, robotics, machine learning and space tech to the future learning models.

Cypher

To help children learn code with multiple themes is a sure shot way to grasp their attention. With computational thinking relating to architecture, fashion, nature, Cypher enables them to solve problems and apply their knowledge to technology and the world around them.

Cypher is one of the leading online platforms to teach children how to code, with creative thinking using animal-planet themed projects. The courses are focused on the U.K. curriculum and time zones, and another for the U.S.

This platform is an appreciable step in upskilling the next generation to be able to lead, adapt and change alongside the rapidly transforming technology.

Sir Linkalot

The feature that drew me towards the platform is the fact that Sir Linkalot is favourable for children with dyslexia. This flexible learning tool is surely a blessing for students of all age groups who have been struggling with spelling errors.

Sir Linkalot was awarded as the Best Education App at the 2020 Bett Awards. Andy Salmon, the CEO made his app free to all the parents and teachers when the lockdown started. The platform is meant for learners to improve their spellings and benefit highly from the platform.

The app has 22,000 downloads, with an average of 800 downloads a day since its launch.

Sir Linkalot intended at helping learners aged between 5 to 15. With availability in two languages, English (U.K.) and English (U.S), it’s a useful resource for those learning English as an add-on language, with spelling activities, and modules based around it.

Good work.

Skoove

Music is all around us, you just have to open up. All you have to do is, listen.

These lines from the movie ‘August Rush’, stuck with me the moment I heard them. The past few months have been tough for everyone and platforms like Skoove have helped everyone in not just distracting themselves but learn a new instrument too.

Based in Berlin, music education start-up Skoove markets itself as “the easiest way to learn piano” and provides interactive lessons that include both sheet music and hand positions.

The platform completed a €3m funding round to expand its offering and fund growth in its core markets of North America and Europe, in April. The stresses and strains of coping with the pandemic has seen a rise in people wanting to either learn or improve their music skills.

Learners can choose from 13 different courses, hundreds of popular tracks, acquire theoretical music knowledge, learn the principles of composition, and freestyle playing, all on one platform. People across 211 different countries have taken more than 1 million lessons on Skoove. Impressive.

This list isn’t the end. Edtech startups are a huge market and all set for more and more thought-leaders to invest in the idea.

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