Building a community of innovators supporting long term change in UK education

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Why Step Up?

Jisc and Emerge Education have partnered to create a collaborative community of edtech founders and education leaders. Together we are increasing innovation and supporting long term change in UK education. See all the benefits for founders.

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Customer access

Participate in tailored Step Up events with UK institutional senior leaders

Vivi Friedgut

"Having this approval from Jisc gives institutions confidence but it also saves them time. Having that tick from Jisc makes a huge difference to helping us work towards our goals."

Vivi Friedgut CEO at Blackbullion
David Maguire

"Startups often have one or more really bright ideas that they want to develop, and I’m interested in working with them because... they can help my university develop and innovate quickly."

David Maguire Vice-chancellor, University of Greenwich
Hayley McCarthy

"For us, Step Up is a way of showing universities that we have thought through every aspect of our business and have answered the questions they will care about."

Hayley McCarthy CMO at Aula
Graham Galbraith

"Having [an] assessment gives universities more confidence that when they engage with a startup, it’s not going to be... a lot of effort and no return, but it actually has an element of life to it."

Graham Galbraith Vice-chancellor, University of Portsmouth
David Shull

"When I mention Step Up, the mood immediately changes. When universities hear we've gone through this process with Jisc, they relax.”

David Shull Head of Handshake UK
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The following edtech startups have successfully completed the Step Up assessment and are part of the growing community. View all startups to see who has passed their Step Up assessment


The following institutions have worked with Step Up member startups helping them to continue to deliver high quality education. View all institutions.

Step Up in Numbers

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20 startups Step Up assessed
12 institutions supporting Step Up
4 years average age of startup business

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