EdTech – the future of education

Our 11-week program is open to the best European and Swiss early-stage startups with a promising prototype within EdTech.

Pushing the frontiers of education

Education is poised to undergo drastic evolution in upcoming years, impacted by new teaching methods and tools. With its combined leadership in Education and Innovation, Switzerland offers a unique environment to accelerate the next generation of EdTech startups that will bring global impact. EdTech ranges from kindergarten to universities, to vocational education, to continued/lifelong education and to corporate training. It encompasses online education and learning technologies designed to be used within classroom and orchestrated by teachers; platforms that allow companies or universities to operate their learning/training strategies and content; platforms that deliver training to indaividuals, with or without certification; educational software for schools, with predefined contents e.g. learning fractions, reducing dyslexia; advanced learning technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality; learning analytics services which help institutions to ground decision-making in data; as well as education hardware such as educational robotics products and tangible interfaces. EdTech also includes services such as platforms for finding private tutors and places where courses could be delivered. Switzerland has been spearheading EdTech, with examples such as the EPFL being the first European institution to make available massive open online courses (MOOCs) and Coorpacademy as the most advanced startup to develop tailored online courses for businesses.

Seed funding, office space and infrastructure

EdTech participants can expect to obtain an initial travel and accommodation stipend of CHF 3’000, followed by a further possible stipend of CHF 7’000. Five startups can obtain CHF 10’000 and two can win CHF 25’000 based on a competitive pitch at the end of the 11 weeks.

Coworking space is provided in the EdTech Collider on the EPFL campus in Lausanne, giving access to participants to a wide network of experts, investors, mentors and business partners.


Applications are welcome from EdTech startups based in Europe or within Switzerland, which are less than two years old and have funding up to USD 500’000.

The Edtech vertical is optimised for maximum two participants per startup. At a minimum, participating teams need to send at least one founder to Switzerland to spend the 11 weeks on the ground.

10 EdTech startups will be selected in a competitive process.


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