Sanoma Startup Challenge 2014: The Future of Learning

sanoma-SSC-apple-greenSanoma is inviting digital learning startups to participate in the Sanoma Startup Challenge, in an effort to actively support the future of education. Sanoma Startup Challenge is a startup competition that is open to European startups active in the ecosystem of primary and secondary education.

The selected finalists will pitch their ideas and receive extensive feedback and mentoring from Sanoma during an event held in Amsterdam.  All the finalists will receive active mentoring sessions by SanomaLearning and SanomaVentures experts, the opportunity to pitch at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam and the chance to improve and expand their business in cooperation with Sanoma. The final winner of the Sanoma Startup Challenge will receive a cash prize of 25.000 euro.

A European Challenge
European companies are eligible to apply to the startup challenge, of which the final event will take place in Amsterdam on 23, 24 and 25 April 2014. The 5 selected finalists will get an all expenses paid trip to Amsterdam. On April 23, they are invited to a workshop where they will receive mentorship and will have the opportunity to network with Sanoma executives, Sanoma Learning industry experts and SanomaVentures’ investment team. Furthermore, finalists will also be invited to visit The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam on 24 & 25 April and will get the opportunity to pitch to the The Next Web Conference audience and a jury, who will announce the winner directly after the pitches. The goal of this challenge is to identify Europe’s most promising startups in K12 education, and find opportunities to expand their potential by working together with Sanoma. sanoma school header

Startup Criteria
In order to join the challenge, Sanoma is looking for startups satisfying the following criteria:

  • European-based companies in the market for K-12 education (for up to 18 years old, pre-university level education)
  • Companies with a live product and growing customer base, but generating revenues below EUR 2 mln and not older than 5 years.
  • B2B or B2C internet-related software services offered to schools, teachers, parents or children/students.
  • Services aimed at improving learning in a broad sense, among others (but not restricted to):
    • Personalized / adaptive / gamified learning software
    • New learning content, educational apps, video’s, games
    • Digital learning environments, school management systems
    • Tutoring, home learning, pre-school education
    • Analytics, productivity tools, comparison services

Details
The application round is open now. The round closes on 2 March 2014 at 23:59 CET. Finalists will be invited to a workshop with Sanoma experts in Amsterdam on 23 April 2014 and will also be invited to visit The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam on April 24 & 25 and get the opportunity to pitch to the conference audience and a jury, who will determine the winner. Startups can apply via the following form at F6s:

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By applying you accept the terms and conditions for the Sanoma Startup Challenge.

About Sanoma Corporation
Get the world. Sanoma helps people access and understand the world. Sanoma is a front runner in consumer media and learning in Europe. We employ around 10.000 professionals in more than 10 countries. In 2012, the Group’s net sales totalled EUR 2.4 billion. Sanoma’s share is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. sanoma.com | twitter.com/sanoma

About Sanoma Learning
Sanoma Learning is a leading European provider of learning solutions in print and digital format. Our solutions bring better learning outcomes to pupils and support teachers in their daily work. Sanoma Learning consists of six companies, which operate in five European countries: Van In (Belgium), Sanoma Pro (Finland), Malmberg (the Netherlands), Young Digital Planet and Nowa Era (Poland) and Sanoma Utbildning (Sweden). learning.sanoma.com | twitter.com/sanoma_learning