Sponsoring Agency: European Commission
Type of Fund:
Deadline Available: Available
Deadline Date (mm/dd/yyyy): 06/30/2021
Size of the Fund: USD $50,000 to $500,000
IMPACT EdTech is a €5.5M programme co-funded by the European Commission to boost innovation in education throughout Europe.
The IMPACT EdTech project has set up a hybrid incubator-accelerator to support European EdTech SMEs to bring innovative digital education solutions into the market. It is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission (EC), under Grant Agreement number 871275.
IMPACT EdTech is already supporting 26 European companies and will support 17 more with its third Open call, with a total budget of over €5.5M equity-free funding plus incubation, acceleration and mentoring services to bring their innovative digital education solutions into the market. The focus will be on those solutions that can contribute to extending personalised and inclusive educational models and/or support the development of the skills relevant in today’s world.
During this 3rd and final Open Call, IMPACT EdTech will select up to 17 promising EdTech companies that will receive up to €197,388 equity-free funding each. The IMPACT EdTech incubation and acceleration programme will be divided in two stages:
• Stage 1 MVP Validation – Incubation: Up to 17 selected companies will be supported to develop an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) based on their prototype, at the end of which their MVP will undergo live testing by a pool of experts in education. They will receive up to €87,388 of EU Grant – of which up to €10,000 will be paid in the form of vouchers to access business and educational mentoring services, with the rest being paid as an equity-free lump sum.
• Stage 2 Proof of Market – Acceleration: Up to 8 companies selected from Stage 1 with the best performing MVPs will receive additional support to bring their solutions to the market, either through piloting in schools or through beta testing, to assess the impact and performance of their solutions. They will receive up to €110,000 of EU Grant – of which up to €20,000 will be paid in the form of vouchers to access business and educational mentoring services as well as other services to pilot solutions, with the rest being paid as an equity-free lump sum.
IMPACT EdTech targets companies that are looking to test and validate pre-existing prototypes of digital learning solutions for personalised and inclusive learning, as well as for skills development: adaptative & interactive solutions that fall in either of the following categories:
• mainstream learning solutions that are inclusive by design;
• niche learning solutions targeting specific vulnerable or underserved groups.
More specifically, applicants’ solutions should address at least one of the following challenges faced by the educational systems that can be tackled by digital technology:
• Inclusive education, targeting specific underserved or vulnerable groups (socially disadvantaged persons, immigrants or minority groups, special educational needs students or other groups), address early school leavers or support the improvement of educational attainment for all.
• Personalised learning, (based e.g. on Artificial Intelligence (AI), learning analytics, and other emerging technologies) with a focus on supporting new, research-based pedagogical approaches for in-classroom education and encouraging life-long learning.
• Skills development of children, teachers and other types of learners with a focus on, but not limited to, the development of STEM, Computational Thinking and 21st century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication.
The proposed solutions must fall within one of these two strands:
(A) School EdTech solutions
Strand A aims to support solutions which demonstrate a clear vision for the pedagogical use of ICT aimed at transforming education models at the level of formal (school-based) compulsory education, from early childhood up to secondary general and initial vocational education (commonly referred to as K12), notwithstanding that their potential application may reach other target users and educational markets. The solutions selected must serve to make education more inclusive, support personalised learning or support skills development of children and/or teachers. Solutions that can be adapted to blended learning contexts will be favoured.
(B) EdTech solutions for any age group and/or level of education
Strand B targets Business to Consumer (B2C) content-based solutions open to any age group and level of education, outside of the context of formal, school-based compulsory education. Strand B is looking for solutions that can disrupt the current EdTech market patterns and break the barriers to any learners through emerging technologies. Strand B solutions will be tackling the three IMPACT EdTech challenges (inclusive education, personalised learning or skills development), addressing any type of learners through formal education (including tertiary and adult education) and/or informal education, regardless of the age group of the learners.
Eligible countries include:
• The Member States of the European Union and its Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
• Associated Countries to H2020
• United Kingdom
Type of applicants
The 3rd IMPACT EdTech Open Call accepts applications from SMEs established as legal persons in an eligible country, and teams of at least two natural persons.
If not the case already at application stage, selected applicants (both SMEs not having legal personality and teams of natural persons) will be required to incorporate an SME with a legal personality in one of the eligible countries before the start of the programme. The SME will have to be incorporated and to be registered with the relevant government department or agency prior to the start of the programme. Such registration or incorporation must give the organisation legal personality, i.e the right to enter into contracts, hold property and sue and be sued in its own name.
• Established SMEs with a legal personality include (non-exhaustive list):
o Limited liability company
o Joint stock company
• To the contrary, the branch of a company established in a country outside of the European Union, an H2020 associated country, or the UK would not be eligible.
More information at: https://www.impactedtech.eu/impact-edtech/