With a relatively intimidating name like “Pearson Catalyst incubator”, one could be forgiven for assuming that this programme is more akin to a genetics experiment rather than something linked with children, learning and ingenuity.
It is however just that and is a fantastic opportunity for start-ups that are targeting the education sector. Pearson is something of a Goliath in the education sector. Their business spans more than 70 countries; they own the Financial Times Group and, perhaps most impressively, the Penguin Group.
Their incubator project, which was announced at the end of February, is looking specifically for companies that are actively seeking to improve people’s lives through learning and “help them to break through on a global scale”. In particular they want programmes which place a strong emphasis on digital and personal learning, being strong advocates of an education system which acknowledges that everyone learns differently.
For those interested in applying, email [email protected] Those who are successful will have their product matched with the Pearson brand and be offered access to their undoubtedly sizeable resources and product experts. Given this matching, it is obviously preferable if the initiative in some way matches or compliments already existing commodities, such as those shown on the Pearson products and services page.
There is also up to $10,000 (£6633) available and the chance to present at a Pearson demo day in November of this year to technology leaders. The whole idea will benefit everyone involved according to Head of Future Technologies, Diana Stepner. “Bringing together Pearson and start-ups is the perfect combination to build the best future of education today.”