Future EdTech leaders should concentrate on how to get millions of young people throughout the world, ranging from infants to teens and business professionals, back on course with their education following the previous year’s disruption. Female EdTech executives with classroom experience, a preference for empathy-driven leadership, and the ability to make quick decisions should be recognized by investors. In order to pave the way for more innovative and forward-thinking EdTech businesses, a successful EdTech firm must position its products at the forefront of societal concerns.
Five women who are breaking the glass ceiling and altering the face of EdTech are listed below.
Susie Seaton – Co-founder of Twinkl
Susie Seaton is the woman behind Twinkl, the holy grail of online teaching resources. Susie struggled to acquire adequate teaching tools to make her classrooms sparkle while working as a primary school teacher.
Daphne Koller – Co-founder of Coursera
When Stanford University professor and female EdTech pioneer Daphne Koller established Coursera in 2012, she changed the world of online learning forever. With her new education platform Engageli, she hopes to do it all over again.
Engageli is a purpose-made platform that promises to revolutionize the world of EdTech. It was developed from the ground up to compete with the old lockdown-faithfuls Zoom and Google Meet.
Twinkl has received a number of accolades, including The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation 2020. During the Coronavirus outbreak, they also became the hero of homeschooling by making all of their materials available to parents and instructors all across the world.
Cindi Mi – CEO and Cofounder of VIPKid
Cindi used to spend her lunch money on periodicals and audiocasettes to teach herself English, having learned the value of education early in life. After a few years, she has completely transformed the way youngsters learn English.
Cindi Mi is the CEO and Cofounder of VIPKid, an online education platform that connects native English teachers with Chinese kids aged 5 to 12.
Cindi noticed the untapped potential of online learning and chose to establish her own platform after her English teaching experience at the age of 15. VIPKid is now valued at $3 billion, having successfully received $200 million in funding. This makes it China’s market leading EdTech startup.
Siobhain Archer – Founder of Teachit
Siobhain Archer got the idea for EdTech company Teachit from a shared cardboard box in the staffroom. Siobhain realized the importance of instructors assisting other teachers as a secondary school teacher. The firm now has 480,000 users who source and trade resources online.
“Any successful EdTech firm must put teachers at the center.” Too frequently, the tech takes the lead, which implies “tech for the sake of tech,” according to Siobhain.
Priya Lakhani – CEO and Founder of CENTURY Tech
Priya Lakhani resigned teaching after becoming a member of the Secretary of State’s advisory council due to her frustration with grading and administrative chores. She was so taken aback by the worrying number of underachieving children in the United Kingdom that she decided to launch her own EdTech firm to address the problem.
Priya’s firm, CENTURY Tech, employs AI-powered technology in the classroom to help with individualized learning and differentiation. It is currently utilized in hundreds of schools throughout the world, ranging from independent British schools to Lebanese schools with a large refugee population. They’re also putting forth a lot of effort to deal with the educational disruption created by lockdown and the epidemic.