We’ve partnered with Emerge Education to create a collaborative community of edtech founders and education leaders. Together we have developed step up, a healthcheck for startups that is supporting long-term change in UK education.
Edtech startups are innovators. A growing number of them are helping solve the big strategic issues facing universities and colleges, such as improving student experience.
Working with a startup, while its solution is still in development, means that institutions can help contribute to shaping a product around their own particular needs. However, choosing to partner with a newly established organisation can feel risky.
Startups who have been assessed by Jisc have met the highest standards set by Jisc, Emerge, and a number of institutional leaders across the sector, to ensure they are ready for procurement within UK institutions. Engaging with step up assessed startups is a reliable and trusted way for institutions to bring the most innovative edtech solutions to their students, staff and operations.
- Access pre-approved edtech startups
Institutional leaders can confidently engage with the startups that have passed our step up check, knowing that their proposed solution is procurement ready
- Find your perfect match
Step up matches you with startups that have proven potential. You can take advantage of our guidance on developing mutually beneficial partnerships with startups
- Take part in innovation events
Step up events are designed for senior leaders in universities and colleges. Our events help institutions to kickstart digital innovation with startups and engineer opportunities to meet step up approved edtech startups in a no pressure, no sales context
Through the step up programme, we're building a vibrant community of edtech startups that are ready and keen to work with institutions. Take a look at all the startups that have been assessed by Jisc so far.
Partnerships in practice
Institutions are already building relationships with startups, including:
- Coventry University and Aula - a fresh take on student engagement (pdf)
- Swansea University and Unitu - supercharging the student feedback loop (pdf)
- University of Roehampton and BibliU - any time, anywhere access to e-textbooks (pdf)
Our sector reports
Read the latest in our series of reports - from fixes to foresight: Jisc and Emerge Education insights for universities and startups:
- Employability rebooted (pdf)
- Assessment rebooted (pdf)
- Can edtech startups solve the biggest challenges faced by UK universities? (pdf)