Edtech Estonia

Estonian non-profit umbrella organization connecting 50+ education technology (mainly) startups We are in part funded through Kredex and Startup Estonia.

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26/01/2024

👋 Meet the Marketing & Communications Manager at kood/Jõhvi, Antero Kevin Leedu!

🚑 Other than your current profession, which job would you like to attempt?

I hold the utmost respect for our emergency services. If given the opportunity, I would like to immerse myself in their everyday challenges. I've had firsthand experience working two 2️⃣4️⃣-hour shifts in an ambulance, gaining valuable insights into the demanding yet vital nature of their work. The idea of contributing to public safety and well-being resonates deeply with me. 💛

🎼Favorite sound?

The sound of music in all kinds of forms is one of the most important parts of my life. I always try to listen to different genres, sounds and artists. And every mood or phase in life has its own soundtrack for me.

❗️ Best piece of advice you've been given?

Never stick to your comfort zone and do more. Embracing discomfort has become a guiding principle for me, inspiring continuous improvement and an ever-evolving journey of self-growth. When you feel too comfortable then it's time to think of ways to make things more interesting and elevate yourself. 👆

kood/Jõhvi is a retraining program for adults offering a 21st-century approach to study programming, to decrease the shortage of software developers and enable people from other fields to have new and interesting opportunities in their lives. Find out more on 👉 https://kood.tech/

Photos from Edtech Estonia's post 25/01/2024

🇧🇪 This week, our CEO, Kadri Maasik and the chairman of our board, Märt Aro visited Brussels on the occasion of the EIT EdTech Conference.

🤝 The aim was to build relationships with potential partners across Europe.

🙌 In addition, Kadri and Märt met with the European Commission.

🎒✨ They discussed potential cooperation to promote the European education innovation sector with the Head of the Digital Education Department of the European Commission, Georgi Dimitrov and his colleague, Policy Officer on Digital Education, Simona Petkova.

25/01/2024

We here at EdTech Estonia welcome all heroes of education, especially those who accept payment in back scratches (in case investors are being stingy). 🥰

Meet Robin (like Robin Hood and Batman's sidekick Robin). 🦸‍♂️

He is a 6year old golden retriever and together with his owner, they are sprinting towards a code of excellence, achieved by few. We hope that nothing goes East, I mean South in their pursuits. 😉

👀Come back tomorrow for the resolution of these slightly clunky clues.

24/01/2024

💪 Happy to be a partner in an Erasmus+ KA2 cooperation project aimed at designing a cross-border digital course for academia and business.

MEET THE TEAM: 🌟This is Sabina Sägi who heads research cooperation at Edtech Estonia. 🚀It is a non-profit umbrella organisation to 50+ Estonian educational technology companies. Sabina looks towards the future (as proven by the photo)📸 and understands that sustainable growth in the edtech startup world depends on students. 🎓The next generation sees the issues in education and isn't afraid to look at innovative solutions. They might just need a bit of mentorship to make their solutions a reality. The edtech founders in Estonia share their business know-how within the project and bring real life case studies to the table. 💪We are stronger together! 🌐

23/01/2024

Meie teaduskoostöö juht Sabina Sägi osaleb 2 aasta jooksul EASi ja KredExi ühendasutuse ning Eesti Teadusagentuuri poolt organiseeritud arendusnõunike meetmes. 🤝

Antud toetuse eesmärk on suurendada liitude liikmete teadmisi ja ligipääsu erinetavatele teadus-​ ja arendustegevustele ning innovatsiooni ja ettevõtluse võimekust. 🙌

Lisaks on soov levitada informatsiooni TAI-​alaste koostööprojekide kestlikkuse tugevdamiseks mõeldud toetuste, meetmete ja vahendite sh ka rahvusvaheliste rahastusvõimaluste kohta. 🤓

Hiljuti Toila SPA Hotellis toimunud seminaril oli võimalus kuulda ministeeriumite teadusnõunikelt 2024. aasta TAI-plaanide kohta ning tutvuda teiste erialaliitude rõõmude ja muredega. 👏

Haridus- ja Teadusministeerium Rahandusministeerium Siseministeerium Sotsiaalministeerium Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Välisministeerium Kultuuriministeerium Kaitseministeerium Kliimaministeerium Eesti Elektroonikatööstuse Liit ITL Toiduliit Association of Estonian Marine Industries Eesti Trüki- ja Pakenditööstuse Liit Eesti Keemiatööstuse Liit Digitaalehituse klaster EETEL

Rahvusvaheliste konverentside toetus - EASi ja KredExi ühendasutus 23/01/2024

EASi ja KredExi ühendasutus avab 01.02 rahvusvaheliste konverentside toetuse taotlusvooru. Kogu toetussumma on 350 000 EUR. 🤝

"Toetame rahvusvaheliste konverentside korraldamist Eestis ja nende turundamist välisturul, et kasvatada Eestisse saabuvate kõrgema maksevõimega väliskülastajate hulka ning suurendada Eesti kui turismiriigi tuntust välisturgudel." 🇪🇪

Toetuse taotlemise infoseminar toimub 30.01.2024 algusega kell 10:00 MS Teamsi kaudu, registreerimine ja rohkem infot 👇

Rahvusvaheliste konverentside toetus - EASi ja KredExi ühendasutus Toetame rahvusvaheliste konverentside korraldamist Eestis ja nende turundamist välisturul, et kasvatada Eestisse saabuvate kõrgema maksevõimega väliskülastajate hulka ning suurendada Eesti kui turismiriigi tuntust välisturgudel.

The Rise and Fall of Finland Mania 22/01/2024

🇫🇮 "One country had all the education answers. Until it didn't. In Part One of a two-part series, we revisit the years when Finland was an international education sensation." 🤯

The Rise and Fall of Finland Mania One country had all the education answers. Until it didn't. In Part One of a two-part series, we revisit the years when Finland was an international education sensation.

19/01/2024

On this episode of , we have the CEO of Speaktx, Salome Virkus 🗣

🏠Other than your current profession, which job would you like to attempt?

I have always had a passion for design, especially interior design. Whenever I have a project connected to that, either my own or some friend asks for my help, my eyes sparkle up. 🤩

📢Favorite sound?

As a true Estonian, I must say anything that is happening in nature. Whether it's a rare complete silence, rustle of trees, birds singing or the sound of waves. If it´s happening in Hiiumaa, even better, because that's where I am from. Should I say the sound of Hiiumaa? :) 🏝

🤫Best piece of advice you've been given?

Something that resonated with me is the talk about 9 life lessons from the comedian Tim Minchin. Look up his famous speech if you have not seen it already! 💻

🐰Bonus points if you have a pet

I have a wire fox terrier called Pai. He will be 10 next week, but still loves to play and roam around like a puppy! I can only hope that I will be just as energetic when I will be the human equivalent of his age. 🏃‍♀️

SpeakTX supports children in their challenging journey of overcoming speech and communication impediments, helps them overcome learning obstacles and become more confident in social situations. 👉 Find out more on https://speaktx.com/

18/01/2024

Meeting some of the people behind EdTech Estonia has been a wild ride, hasn't it? But it is not over yet! 🎢

We wouldn't be here without our members! Therefore, we will start a new, recurring segment called

😎It is here that some of the brightest minds in Estonian education technology will answer hard-hitting questions like

-Other than your current profession, which job would you like to attempt? 👩‍🌾
-Favorite sound? 📢
-Best piece of advice you've been given? 💵
-Bonus points if you have a pet 🐰

If we have aroused your curiosity, come back tomorrow to check out the first entry we dare not speak about. 😉

📸Merilyn Sepp

17/01/2024

If you are attending sTARTUp Day next week, make sure to go and say hi to our powerhouses in attendance: 99math, Stemy & Mentornaut, Lingvist, Complok, ALPA Kids and KoThinker 👋

Photos from SOS Lasteküla Eestis's post 16/01/2024

💪ALPA Kids

Kuidas saab soetada lapsevanem oma lapsele Opiqu litsentsi? – Opiq 16/01/2024

🤔Kas oled mõelnud, mida teha kui koolil pole võimalik soetada õpilastele Opiqu litsentse?

Lapsevanem saab seda ka ise teha ning tagada, et õpilane saab ikkagi kasutada parimat digitaalselt õppematerjali. 🙌

Vajalikud sammud leiad 👇

NB: Pea meeles, et erakasutaja litsents ei ole sama mis õpilase oma! Erakasutajat ei saa liita päevikusse ega lisada klassi õppetöösse. ❗️

Kuidas saab soetada lapsevanem oma lapsele Opiqu litsentsi? – Opiq Opiqus olev digitaalne õppematerjal on loodud oma ala ekspertide – teadlaste, toimetajate ja õpetajate poolt. Digitaalsete õppematerjalide sisu vastab õppekavale ning on interaktiivne. Opiqu digiõppe platvormi kasutatakse üle Eesti enamikus koolides. Opiqut saab kasutada iga kell, igal pool ...

Kaks Eesti naisjuhti said Visa kasvuraha 15/01/2024

Congrats to Dr. Kadri Haljas from Triumf Health 🤩

Kaks Eesti naisjuhti said Visa kasvuraha Visa ütles, et oma She's Next programmi raames, mille eesmärk on suurendada naisettevõtjate nähtavust ja parandada nende juurdepääsu välisele rahastusele, valiti Balti riikidest välja kuus võitjat, kellest kaks on pärit Eestist.

12/01/2024

It's me, hi 👋 I'm the problem🎼 I mean I'm Sabina Sägi, Head of research cooperation, as well as the woman behind the puns on all of our socials. Sorry not sorry. 🤷

🎥 I got my degree in Slavonic Studies and Film (with a later focus on TV directing) from the University of Glasgow (Scotland). I’ve also completed graduate work in Prague, Ludwigsburg and Jerusalem.

During a decade abroad, I taught animation in Serbia, languages at a vocational school in Bulgaria, headed a film museum in Germany, volunteered in Norway and Greece. 🌏

To top off my colorful puzzle of a resume, I joined international fintech Wise, working with the French and German markets. Later on, I was in charge of Erasmus+ KA2 cooperation partnerships in higher ed at Education and Youth Board of Estonia. 🎓

Currently, you can enjoy 4️⃣7️⃣ episodes (& counting) of the Erasmus podcast through Delfi Meedia hosted by yours truly. Or catch me moderating a panel in a city (or country) near you.

At EdTech Estonia, I (among other things) represent us at events at embassies and with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. I work with incoming delegations. I’m also the contact for universities on developing evidence-based edtech solutions. 🤓

I regularly meet with similar umbrella organizations regarding business development and how to use the resources available in Estonia to enable national and international growth of our private sector companies.
Or as C. Jackson puts it: Get Rich or Die Tryin. 💵➗2️⃣

📸 Eiko Lainjärv

Üldharidusvaldkonna peaekspert 05/01/2024

🔎 Haridus- ja Teadusministeerium otsib õppevara ja -halduskeskkondade peaeksperti, kes panustaks üldhariduse valdkonna õppevara arendamisse ning juhiks valdkondlikke innovatsiooniprojekte.

Töö asukoht: Tallinn/Tartu, kaugtöö võimalus

👉 Tutvu töökuulutusega ja anna enda huvist neile märku 12. jaanuariks!

Riik ja erasektor saavad just koos anda suurima panuse Eesti hariduse arengusse, seega kasuta võimalust! 🤝

Üldharidusvaldkonna peaekspert

04/01/2024

New year, who dis? 🧐

It is our fabulous community development manager, Gerli Veeleid. 🙌

Previously, she has taught Economics and Business to high school students and mentored student-companies, among other endeavours (seriously, look her up, she makes the rest of us look lazy). 😅

Having an intrapreneurial mindset and can-do attitude, Gerli believes that inner motivation can move mountains. 🌄

In her role at EdTech Estonia, Gerli focuses on taking care of the needs of the community as a whole, as well as every individual member - from building trustful connections to impacting actual change. 🤝

Or as Gerli puts it: There is a solution for everything! 💯

29/12/2023

He is unlikely to need an introduction but here we go. It is the man, the legend, Märt Aro! 🤩

We here at EdTech Estonia know him as the chairman of our board but Märt has been fighting the good fight for much longer than that. Since 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣4️⃣, he has established several organizations and companies in the area of education development.

The latest solution, Dreamapply admissions management platform, is used by more than 300 universities from 40+ countries, serving millions of users a year. 👩‍🎓

The most recent NGO Nordic Edtech Forum N8 brings together 200 founders of education innovation initiatives from eight Northern European countries with the aim of sharing experience and fostering cooperation. 🤝

One can confidently say that he has the biggest network of edtech-relevant players in Estonia which is a blessing for us. 🤗

Photo by Daniil Golubev 📸🐰

What is EdTech Estonia? 27/12/2023

3.5 minute video? Is that all it takes to start your 2024 knowing everything about and everyone in the Estonian landscape?! 🤯

We get it, it has been a long year but we've neatly put together a star-studded overview on all things EdTech Estonia. 🤩

It features the solutions of our members Lingvist, ALPA Kids, Key2Enable Assistive Technology, Speaktx, kood/Jõhvi, Meaningful Talks, Cerebrum Hub, Eventornado, eKool, MOTIVEER.eu, DreamApply, Edumus, Huvi, Navicup, Vivita Estonia / Vivistop Telliskivi, MERKUUR, Opiq, Futuclass, Bizplay.ee, Praktikal, Loquiz, 99math, Clanbeat, Triumf Health, Mobi Lab, Eliis - Eesti, among others. 🫡

What is EdTech Estonia? EdTech Estonia is an umbrella organization to 50+ education technology companies. This video gives an overview of their edtech solutions and services benefit...

21/12/2023

At EdTech Estonia, startups' quest, 🦸‍♀
To teach Santa machine learning zest. 🎅
They programmed his elves, 🧝
Improved toy-making themselves, 🧸
Now the coding reindeer is digitally blessed! 🦌

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Design by Daniil Golubev.

20/12/2023

🚆Choo choo the EdTech Estonia board members’ train is pulling into the station! Next stop, Andres Mellik.

He is the founder and CEO of Cognuse. Andres has 2️⃣0️⃣ years of experience in e-learning applications, embedded systems design and test and serious/educational games. He even founded Juku Lab LLC, an e-learning company at the age of 24. 😎

Andres holds BSc/MSc from TalTech – Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia and M.Eng. from the University of Lugano in Switzerland. Additionally, he has completed research terms at UEC, Tokyo, Japan and UC San Diego in California, USA. 🎓

Andres is the founding member of the Sleep Technology Council under the National Sleep Foundation in the USA.

☕We are wide awake and grateful to have him.

📸 Daniil Golubev

Photos from Edtech Estonia's post 15/12/2023

Helge and Speaktx presented their edtech solutions to members of the Ministry of Education and school principals from Georgia. 🇬🇪

The delegation was eager to try out SpeakTX' platform in Georgian, as well as the self-assessment tool from Helge. 📱

Thank you Estonian Centre for International Development for the invitation 🤝

14/12/2023

☎️Call me, maybe? We’d suggest calling her, most definitely.

Meet our board member, Liis Siiroja. At EdTech Estonia, she focuses on all things language learning. Jah! ✏️

However, her day job is being the co-founder and CEO of KideoCall which helps expat families to develop kids’ native language and cultural connection via online playgroups. 👧👦

Liis is knowledgeable in both communications and education. Prior to founding KideoCall, she served as the communications manager of the educational program Tagasi Kooli (Back to School). 🎒

During her younger years, she gained experience working as a camp counselor, assistant in a kindergarten, and substitute teacher. 😎

📸 Daniil Golubev

Edumus soovitab: TOP 7 veebikursust uueks aastaks — Edumus 13/12/2023

Edumus soovitab: TOP 7 veebikursust uueks aastaks — Edumus Jõuluvaheaeg on kohe-kohe käes ( thank god! 🎄) aga aeg on mõelda juba 2024. aasta alguse peale. Eriti veel kui Edumuse veebikoolis algab jaanuaris jälle ports põnevaid ja praktilisi veebikursuseid noortele! Millisele neist regad SINA?

12/12/2023

Dr Kadri Haljas, CEO of Triumf Health and our Head of Research Cooperation, Sabina Sägi were in Budapest as part of the EdTech Talents Horizon project.

The project includes participants from Hungary, Estonia, Serbia, Germany, Austria, and Spain. Among other goals, it enables our members to collaborate internationally with relevant researchers without any extra costs.

Better cooperation between research and the private sector leads to even better solutions and services within education. Thank you for having us.

11/12/2023

It takes a village.

Over the past week, you've had a chance to get to know the EdTech Award winners recognized by us and our good friends at Haridus- ja Teadusministeerium and Education Estonia. 🏅

❗️Education innovation doesn't stop here. Every category included people and companies who put their time, effort and money towards solving real problems in education.

The Rising Star - Cerebrum Hub and Huvi
The Fastest Growth - 99math and KideoCall
The Most Promising - Stemy & Mentornaut and Vocal Image App
The Biggest Supporter of Other Founders - Andres Mellik (Speaktx) and Justin Fidler (Sona Systems)
Investor of the Year - Martin Villig 🇪🇪 (Heateo Haridusfond) and Märt Lume (Ludus Holdings)
The Biggest Friend of EdTechs - Anna Silem (Estonian Centre for International Development) and Inga Kõue (Startup Estonia)

You all want to make things better for learners, education staff, parents and more. Your contribution is huge and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts 💛

You can find all of Maido Parv's 📸 from the thank-you gala on the occasion of EdTech Estonia's third birthday here
https://www.edtechestonia.org/blogi/edtech-estonia-ning-haridus-ja-teadusministeerium-tunnustasid-silmapaistvaid-haridusinnovaatoreid

08/12/2023

Lights, camera, awards! The next category at the EdTech Awards 2023 was "The Biggest Supporter of Other Founders". 🤝

Congratulations to Maria Rahamägi, CEO of Edumus 🤩

Edumus is a cohort-based online learning platform for teenagers where specialists from different fields can develop and offer online courses for young people in their fields of expertise.

📸 Maido Parv

07/12/2023

The awards keep on coming. 👑

The winner of the category "The Most Promising" was ALPA Kids. Their educational games for preschoolers support learning language, numbers etc. They have reached over a million users worldwide. 🤯

Pictured: CEO and co-founder, Kelly Lilles.

Photo: Maido Parv

06/12/2023

The next category at the EdTech Awards 2023 was "Fastest growth”

💚🐕And the winner is Cashy. Their interactive money game has crossed the 100 000 user mark and they have started cooperation with 8️⃣ US credit unions in the last few months.

Pictured: a very surprised CEO and co-founder, Mart Vainu.

Photo: Maido Parv

If the anticipation is getting the best of you, you can find the gallery of all the winners on our website 👉
https://www.edtechestonia.org/blogi/edtech-estonia-ning-haridus-ja-teadusministeerium-tunnustasid-silmapaistvaid-haridusinnovaatoreid

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