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MENA COHORT

APPLICATIONS OPEN


let's make education better
by making better edtech
This February, we will be powering Reimagined LABS. The MENA edtech lab.

Our partners at ReimaginED Collective have asked us to power their MENA edtech lab. We will support 15 early-stage startups building products that are aiming to innovate learning or teaching using our collective expertise in supporting founders of teaching and learning innovations.
 
The programme is equity free and requires a $500 investment to partially cover backend and technical expenses, but there are a number of fully and partially funded places available. If you need a scholarship, please mark it in your application. All activities will be held virtually over a 7-week schedule. Induction will be held on 13 February '23 and attendance is mandatory.

Our programmes trains in evidence-based entrepreneurial practices, using methods developed at the University College London and perfected through hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Who is this programme for?

  • Early Stage Startups (including pre-seed): become investment ready.

  • Advanced Startups (including Series A): prove and improve your business.

Deadline is 3 February 2023. The selection process and interviews take place on a rolling basis.​

Program benefits

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12-WEEK

PROGRAM

Our 3-month journey of training and mentorship from world-leading researchers and highly experienced mentors in education technology. All delivered in a mix of live workshops and online training

100% EQUITY FREE

We never ask for equity to join any of our programs so you retain control of your business. We are a non-profit program, created to bring about positive change to our ecosystems 

MEMBER PERKS

Every member has access to a million dollars worth of free and discounted services that are hand picked to help businesses scale

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RESEARCHERS & MENTORS

Our experts are from the leading organisations and institutions with unrivalled levels of understanding in the learning and technology sectors 

COMMUNITY ACCESS

We have cultivated an online and real life community of peers happy to share their knowledge and support you during and after your journey in our program

Accelerator journey

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Step 1

 

You will be introduced to your peers and the experts you will meet during your journey to lift-off! Our induction is the first of many networking opportunities, the perfect melting-pot of the world's best talent. 

Step 2

 

You will learn a method already tried and tested by 400 founders. We train you on ways to scale and build impactful products. Our learning blueprint is a mix of entrepreneurial and educational research training.

Step 3

 

Our mentors will provide you with coaching and support to make the right decisions, boosting your chances of success. We recommend regular one-to-ones with our world-leading experts to ensure our training methods are applied in the right way. 

Step 4

 

You will be given the opportunity to showcase your vision and business to our ecosystem of investors, philanthropists, policy makers and senior strategic partners. Our demo day presentations are the best in the industry!

LIFT OFF!

We continue to provide support, guidance and mentorship to all our alumni and expect the same from you. You will continue to have access to our network and expect  you to support those who go after you.

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curriculum overview

Vision, Mission & Purpose
When entering the world of entrepreneurship, we often hear the words Vision, Mission and Purpose. But what do they actually mean, how are they different and why are they important? 
Business modelling

& customer development


Our business modelling approach provides you with the tools to grow a sustainable education technology business by ensuring you have the best product-market fit
Education technology research methods & ethics

You will be given an overview of research methods in the learning sciences, in order to understand the best way to start proving and improving your product 
sUSTAINABLE FUNDING

You will hear about the funding journey of experienced edtech entrepreneurs to understand the options for you, while learning the ways a successful startup raises money
PITCHING & sTORYTELLING

You'll learn how to successfully communicate with strong positioning and a clear narrative.Whether pitching for investment, selling to potential clients or presenting at an event.

our partners

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A thesis-driven, founder-focused Venture Studio for seeding and scaling education technology ventures poised to create global educational impact, starting with the MENA region.

The studio is driven by three principles: first, that education technology (edtech) built by entrepreneurs who have a deep understanding of local conditions and context is best positioned to radically improve outcomes for learners in the MENA region; second, that the GCC member states’ push to build entrepreneurial ecosystems will be accelerated by a focused effort to nurture local entrepreneurial talent and networks focused specifically on edtech; and third, that success in addressing the first two principles will reduce the burden on ailing public systems by creating exciting and innovative ventures, in turn, making a dent in the youth unemployment crisis in the MENA region, the highest in the world at 27%.

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Network & Resources - Our partnership opens up two way opportunities to help entrepreneurs build the next generation of online learning, analytics, and management solutions.

AWS EdStart is designed to enable EdTech startups to move faster through benefits such as equity-free financial support through AWS Promotional Credit, technical training and support, access to a global community of EdTech experts, and more.

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