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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Streamlined procurement

Our edtech hotlist are all 'assessed by Jisc' and are ready for procurement and implementation at multiple institutions

Expert guidance
Expert guidance

Whether you're an institution or startup, receive personalised advice, resources and peer community support when you join Step up

Customer access
Customer access

Participate in tailored Step Up events with UK institutional senior leaders and shape the future of edtech

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 edtech hotlist

The following edtech startups are form our edtech hotlist: handpicked by the Jisc Step Up team because of the ways in which they meet some of the most pressing sector needs, based on our extensive research with senior leaders in higher education institutions.


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

20 startups in our hotlist
12 institutions supporting Step Up
4 years average age of startup business

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