IMPACT EdTech: Call for SMEs and start-ups open now


Until 30 June 2020, SMEs and start-ups across Europe that work with digital education technologies can apply to participate in this Incubator-Accelerator programme and receive mentoring and up to 195,000 € equity free funding.

The IMPACT EdTech open call targets start-ups and SMEs that address one or more of these three specific challenges which can be answered by digital technologies: inclusive education, personalised learning and skills development of learners. In the context of widespread school closures around the world and the increased role of digital technologies in facilitating education at all levels during the COVID-19 crisis, IMPACT EdTech is also striving to identify tech solutions that help keep education thriving in periods of educational disruption.

Benefits for start-ups & SMEs

Up to 21 selected companies will have the chance to enter the first 9-months incubation-acceleration cycle of IMPACT EdTech, during which they will be supported in developing the design of their products by engaging with targeted end-users and education experts, following a ‘pedagogy-first' approach. This cycle will incorporate, for the most promising projects, pre-acceleration activities to test market interest and facilitate early deals, as well as short-cycle pilots to obtain the preliminary impact assessment data that investors and clients require.

Validation and piloting of K12 solutions will rely on European Schoolnet's expertise and the work developed in the context of the Future Classroom Lab, its innovative learning environment challenging traditional teaching and learning.

Stay tuned and contribute to transform a lively research environment into fully operational digital learning solutions impacting education markets globally.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871275. Neither the European Commission (EC) nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for how the following information is used. The views expressed in this document are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EC.


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