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"Innovation in Education" funding opportunity

The message pasted below arrived this morning. Since many people in the Diplo group are also interested in education I'm taking the liberty of spreading the word here.

Good luck to anyone who decides to apply

Best wishes 


One month ago the Open Education Challenge was launched; a new project to fund and support innovative education startups. Within days the first applications started coming in, and the momentum has only continued to build. Since you are a member of the Open Education Europa community, we want to share with you some of the early successes of the Challenge.


Startup Europe - The Open Education Challenge is now part of the Digital Agenda’s Startup Europe (an initiative of the European Commission) promoting web and ICT entrepreneurship in Europe.

Media coverage – Several prominent publications including TechCrunchEdTech Review, andArctic Startup have featured the project.

Over 100 applications- Since the launch, over 14 000 people have consulted the Open Education Challenge website. As of today, 114 applications are in process. The map below shows where the applicants are from.

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Ideas in the pipeline

Karen Márquez (Spain) is developing adaptive learning apps for infants and young children.

Robin Juel Johansen (Denmark) is launching a company that offers travel courses, online courses, and e-books about journalism and media communication in developing countries.

Ruben Benarroch Esayag (Venezuela) is building a virtual classroom platform for lifelong learners to find online classes.

What’s next?

The application deadline is March 17. Ten promising startup ideas will be selected to participate in the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, starting in September 2014. The incubator offers 12 weeks of intense business development coaching, up to €20 000 in seed capital, and mentorship from top European experts in education, entrepreneurship, and technology.

You are invited to read our blog and follow us on Twitter to get detailed and timely updates on the progress of this groundbreaking initiative.



Kind regards,

The team at Open Education Europa

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