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The UK’s leading research accelerator programme for education technology (EdTech).

Professor Rose Luckin speaking at City Hall. Image: Eternal Weddings for EDUCATE on behalf of UCL Institute of Education

EDUCATE was created to redress the lack of research evidence in the EdTech sector. It was initially launched as a three-year programme based at IOE and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Working together with EdTech creators, educators, investors and policy makers, EDUCATE’s aim is to create an EdTech ecosystem which has evidence at its heart- understanding what truly works for learners and how to use technology to serve its users effectively. 

About the programme

EDUCATE was founded by Rose Luckin, a professor in Learner Centred Design and internationally regarded expert in AI, and delivered in partnership with UCL Engineering, BESA, F6S and Nesta.

By the end of its first three years, the programme was able to successfully support 270+ EdTech companies. 

During the first three months of the programme, participants received an intensive course of workshops and training sessions on research and business. The knowledge gained from these workshops was then used to create a research proposal which would inform the ongoing development of their EdTech product. 

Participants who successfully completed the programme were eligible to apply for an EdWard, EDUCATE’s own unique quality mark. EdWards eligible companies attained either an Evidence-Aware or Evidence-Applied EdWard, depending on the extent to which they met the necessary criteria.

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