Global Startup Super League — 27 Innovators Transforming Future of Learning & Work

Romy Tuin
Romy Tuin
Jul 4 · 4 min read

Last month at EdTechXEurope, 900+ attendees had the chance to travel the globe in 90 minutes during the rapid-fire Global Startup Super League Final Pitch Competition — giving 28 startups just 90 seconds to pitch and 90 seconds for judges questions.

Over 300 start ups competed in events all around the world, with the 28 finalists from 22 countries making their way to London to pitch for the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards at the final.

A distinguished panel of global judges — including decision makers from Amazon Web Services, London & Partners, Educapital, Cooley LLP, Channel4 Ventures and Brighteye Ventures — had the challenging task of selecting the top three best startups evaluating their team competence, proof of success, traction, scalability and impact.

The 27 global startups who pitched in the 2019 Super League final included 5 winners from our EdTechXAfrica Ecosystem Events — PaperVideo (Cape Town — South Africa), Ubongo (Tanzania), CRSP Dsgn (Johannesburg — South Africa), Tech Kidz Africa (Kenya), BAG Innovation (Rwanda); 5 winners from our EdTechXEurope Ecosystem Events — Squore (Sweden), Cerebriti (Spain), MyMooc (France), MyGrants (Italy), StudySmarter (Germany); 6 EdTechX Startup Award Winners iHeed (Ireland), CENTURY Tech (UK), Touch Surgery (UK), FutureLearn (UK), Eneza Education (Kenya), Interacpedia (Colombia); 11 partner event winners Strawbees (Sweden / Oslo EdTech Week), inSimu (Hungary / Frankfurt Book Fair), Amira Learning (USA — SXSWedu), KideScience (Finland — Slush ExcitED), Incision Academy (Netherlands — Accentury Innovation Summit), StudyCat (Hong Kong / EdTechXAsia), MBA Mentor (Indonesia / GET), Lyrical Kombat (UK / EDUCATE), Scholap (Democratic Republic of Congo / Seedstars World), PraxiLabs (Egypt / Next Billion Prize), Fineazy (UK / Next Billion Prize).

Nthato Moagi, CRSP dsgn with Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, EdTechX Holdings

The Bronze award winner was CRSP dsgn, a STEAM-focused robotics solution from South Africa and winner of the EdTechXAfrica Ecosystem Event in Johannesburg. Nthato Moagi impressed the judges with his vision and determination to create affordable educational robotics resources to increase access for children in developing regions.

Awarded Silver was InSimu, an educational app from Hungary designed to support case-based studies, enabling medical students to test their diagnostic and analytical skills on simulated patients. Andrea Herdon, CMO and Co-Founder was first selected at our partner event, the Accenture Innovation Summit and showed the judges how their tool can help innovate medical education by practicing diagnostic work and gaining real experience without any risk of causing harm.

Andrea Herdon receives Silver Award

The overall Gold winner was StudySmarter, who advanced to the final competition from the Berlin EdTechXEurope Ecosystem Event. Maurice Khudhir, Co-Founder & CMO executed an impressive presentation, highlighting StudySmarter’s focus on lifelong learning and personalised tools. With practical learning resources aggregated in one app, and the ability to track personal progress, the application has more than 100,000 active users. In addition, 87% of their users reported improved grades. With evidence-backed confidence, StudySmarter ensures exam success for all students.

Maurice Khudhir, StudySmarter, is the first winner of the Global Startup Super League

These 3 Super League winners were announced during our closing Awards Celebration which also featured our 6 EdTechXGlobal All Stars Awards winners from our Startup, Scale-Up and Impact categories. Our Super League winners were awarded celebratory champagne and will receive a selection of prizes worth £50,000+ from our partners at Amazon Web Services and Cooley LLP as well as an extensive 12-month marketing and PR campaign to our global community.

After the success of the first Global Startup Super League, the 2020 edition will be even bigger and better featuring more Ecosystem Events in Asia, Africa and Europe in addition to collaboration with partners around the world, including a selection in the US, Middle East and South America. We invite you to help us source the best and brightest startups and scale-ups worldwide here >.


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Romy Tuin

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Romy Tuin

Editor of EdTechX 360 and Head of Content at EdTechX. Writing about all things EdTech —


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