Tech For Good Startups – Leading Educational Disruptors In The UK

In our first instalment of the Tech for Good series, we introduced you to a few of London’s Tech for Good startups. Now it’s time to meet the power players in the educational sector, the companies that build platforms and products to empower kids, adults and employers to learn more and be proactive with their personal development.

Let’s meet these educational disruptors below:

Code kingdoms or how to make coding fun for kids

Making learning code easy for kids is Code Kingdoms’ mission. Using kid­-favourite games like Minecraft and Roblox, children can learn JavaScript by playing and by making their own versions of these popular games. The platform is carefully curated by a group of specialists, and parents can get technical support seven days a week.
This service is both affordable and fun, and it provides a great alternative to learning code in a traditional way.

Snaps about Code Kingdoms

  • Code made easy for kids to learn and enjoy writing JavaScript from a young age.
  • Kids can try a demo for free then select a plan based on their needs.
  • Tech support 7 days a week.
  • Co-founded by Ross Targett and Hugh Collins.

Learnerbly

Having a shared history with Enternships , a company which helped more than 7,000 companies find graduate talent, founder Rajeeb Dey continued his mission to shape the future of learning and development through Learnerbly. The platform allows companies to build a true learning culture through its expert-curated content. On the platform, employees and employers will be empowered, guided and supported to grow their own development and access the skills they need for the future.

Snaps about Learnerbly

  • Founded by Raj Dey, MBE.
  • Raj previously founded Enterships, the platform designed for graduate job acquisition.
  • Last year, Learnerbly secured a £1.6 million from Frontline Ventures.

Sumdog or math made fun

Sumdog strongly believes that children can enjoy learning maths, English and spelling. The company made it its mission to come to the aid of kids aged 5-14. Their team has built a learning engine that progresses pupils through the curriculum, allowing teachers to see detailed reports on the areas where kids are not performing well and address those issues in class. Used in schools around the UK, Sumdog has found that 75% of children felt that learning through the Sumdog method gives them more confidence in maths.

Learning can be fun, and results show that this is truly the best way children store information.

Snaps about Sumdog

  • Provides tools for teachers to track pupil progress.
  • Uses adaptive learning.
  • Andrew Hall serves as the CEO.

Zeneducate

Zeneducate is a platform for matching schools with great teachers and teaching assistants. They’re cutting the middleman out of a school’s hiring experience. With a team experienced in the educational sector and a management team coming from unicorn startups like Nutmeg and Optimizely, plus the help of a £2m investment round, the company is set to have a great 2019.

Snaps about Zeneducate

  • Co-founded by Slava Kremerman CEO and Oren Cohen.
  • Zeneducate vets all teachers and assistants that sign up to the platform.
  • They’re making educational recruitment cheaper by cutting out the expensive agencies.

SenecaLearning and the smarter learning mission

SenecaLearning is improving the learning system with the use of their smart, adaptive algorithm. Helped by a study conducted on 1,120 GCSE students, SenecaLearning was able to build a platform where students can learn twice as fast. Their offering includes A Levels, GCSE and KS3 resources online. The alternative way to pass GCSEs is here and it’s never been easier to find resources online and to study differently.

Snaps about Seneca

  • Their content team includes experts in an array of fields such as chemistry, maths, physics, English etc.
  • Uses an adaptive smart algorithm to learn the right things at the right time.
  • They guarantee that students can learn twice as fast as by the regular learning methods.

Elsevier

Elsevier takes its name from the Dutch family, the House of Elzevir, who founded a publishing house in 1580. The company is a world-leading provider of information solutions that organise knowledge sharing amongst researchers. Elsevier’s aim is to “Speed up discoveries through better access to scientific content and research”, and thus advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress.

Snaps about Elsevier

  • Dan Olley serves as Elsevier’s CIO.
  • Elsevier has offices around the world, including New York, Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, among others.
  • Amongst the charities they support we can find: The Elsevier Foundation (which supports innovations in health information and research in developing countries), Research4Life, BookAid International and Sense about Science.

It’s not your typical 9 to 5. Maybe you won’t be able to switch off completely during the weekend, but your work will directly impact other people’s personal development.

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