There has never been a better time and a greater need to build new companies in workforce development. This piece outlines the four areas where innovation will come from. It highlights opportunities and tactics for founders to leverage in building the next generation of workforce development unicorns.

1. Introduction

Enterprise technology is booming. Dozens of exciting generalist enterprise B2B technology startups are becoming unicorns every year, while enterprise software spend is the fastest growing IT spend category.

Technological progress is ‘labour-enabling’, creating opportunities for employees to become more productive and spend more time on tasks that they, as humans, are better at…


This is the final article in our series on technology-enabled teaching and learning where we share Product and Sales advice with ambitious founders that are innovating in this space.

Introduction

If this is the first time you are encountering this edtech article series from Emerge Education, we highly recommend you later check out our first piece highlighting ‘Why we are investing in this space’ and our ‘Guide on how to build a unicorn’ in technology-enabled teaching and learning.

In our first piece in this series we argued how and why now is the best time for founders to innovate in this market. We covered the four key principles we believe education technology startups in this space will need to follow to adjust to the new post-Covid norms. …


This is part 2c of our series on technology-enabled teaching and learning where we dig deep into the topic of teaching and learning Support in higher education covering trends, challenges and opportunities to build new edtech unicorns.

Introduction

If this is the first time you are encountering this edtech article series from Emerge Education, we highly recommend you later check out our first piece highlighting ‘Why we are investing in this space’ and our ‘Guide on how to build a unicorn’ that serves as an introduction to this deep dive.

Through our two previous pieces we have covered deep-dives into the Technology-enabled Teaching and Learning categories of Resources (read here) and Delivery (here). Businesses operating in this space have mostly had B2B business models and have often struggled to penetrate their markets at scale. This is the third…


This is part 2b of our series on technology-enabled teaching and learning where we dig deep into the topic of teaching and learning Delivery in higher education covering trends, challenges and opportunities to build new edtech unicorns.

Introduction

If this is the first time you are encountering this edtech article series from Emerge Education, we highly recommend you later check out our first piece highlighting ‘Why we are investing in this space’ and our ‘Guide on how to build a unicorn’ that serves as an introduction to this deep dive.

As we have previously written, there has been a lot of unsuccessful investment and adoption of education technology in the context of teaching and learning in higher education. In our previous piece we covered the dynamics in the heavily funded Resources space. Aside from Learning Management Systems (LMSs)…


This is part 2a of our series on technology-enabled teaching and learning where we dig deep into the topic of teaching and learning Resources in higher education covering trends, challenges and opportunities to build new edtech unicorns.

Introduction

If this is the first time you are encountering this edtech article series from Emerge Education, we highly recommend you later check out our first piece highlighting ‘Why we are investing in this space’ and our ‘Guide on how to build a unicorn’ that serves as an introduction to this piece.

The boom of education technology in the last decade has failed to make a serious dent in the actual progress of teaching and learning. This has especially been the case when it comes to educational Resources, the focus of this piece. …


The boom of education technology in the last decade has failed to make a serious dent in the actual progress of teaching and learning. Covid has created the perfect storm. This series outlines the three areas where innovation is and will come from. It highlights opportunities and tactics for founders to leverage in building the next generation of digital teaching and learning unicorns.

Introduction

The upcoming boom of digital teaching and learning

The university as a buyer has over the last decade supported a series of technology sectors and unicorns that have been essential to its day-to-day business operations and integrity. These have included core tech infrastructure businesses, businesses that have helped increase and diversify revenue, decrease risks of student dropouts and more recently reduce plagiarism and cheating. In doing so, aside from the Learning Management System (LMS) category which many would agree has failed to improve learning, it has neglected the core resources and infrastructure to genuinely deliver better teaching and learning.

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Using technology to improve how we teach and learn in higher education has often just been hype and wishful thinking. We believe Covid represents a unique moment in time for the emergence and growth of much-needed solutions in this space.

This is part one of a two-part series that explores the challenges and opportunities for education technology to serve the educational needs and problems not only of institutions but also faculty and students. We explore the digital teaching and learning market, reasons for why it has failed to reach its potential, why the time is now and what the future holds. The aim of this series is to give university leaders and educators perspectives on the market and its potential and provide transparency, insights and advice for the next generation of ambitious startups innovating in this space.

Introduction

The last decade…


The skills shortage, accelerated by Covid, cannot be solved unless we rapidly scale investment into workforce development. We believe startups are essential to making this happen and estimate that solving the skills gap through workforce development could at least double the market to $500bn by 2030.

Higher education, vocational education and bridges to employment have an important role to play in tackling the $8.5Tn skills gap, forecasted to represent 85m unfilled jobs globally by 2030. …


This Emerge article series, researched in collaboration with our extensive network of education leaders, offers insights and practical advice for founders and university leaders bold enough to create new universities.

This is part 4c of our Challenger University series, where I write about the challenges with existing universities and the potential for new challenger universities to arise (first piece here: pt 1). In previous pieces I laid out the market landscape of challenger universities (pt. 3) and the strategic framework for building a differentiated university (pt. 4), starting with how to create a unique student experience (pt. 4a) and deliver…


This Emerge article series, researched in collaboration with our extensive network of education leaders, offers insights and practical advice for founders and university leaders bold enough to create new universities.

This is part 4b of our Challenger University series, where I write about the challenges with existing universities and the potential for new challenger universities to arise (first piece here: pt 1). In previous pieces I laid out the Market landscape of challenger universities (pt. 3) and The strategic framework for building a differentiated university (pt. 4), starting with how to create a unique student experience (pt. 4a).

There are…

Mario Barosevcic

Principal at Emerge Education. Investing in and writing about the future of education, skills and work.

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