- K-12 education (for up to 18 years old, pre-university level education)
- 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
- Companies with a live product and growing customer base, but generating revenues below EUR 2 million and not older than five years.
Sanoma Corporation, Press Release, 18 December 2013 at 13:40 CET+1Sanoma is inviting digital learning startups to participate in the Sanoma Startup Challenge, 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 finalists will receive active mentoring sessions by Sanoma Learning and SanomaVentures experts, the opportunity to pitch at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam and the chance to improve and expand their business in co-operation with Sanoma. The final winner of the Sanoma Startup Challenge will receive a cash prize of EUR 25 000.A European ChallengeEuropean 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 five selected finalists will get an all-expenses paid trip to Amsterdam. On 23 April, 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 and 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.Startup CriteriaIn order to join the challenge, Sanoma is looking for startups satisfying the following criteria: