In partnership with Emerge Education, a leading seed investor for edtech startups, Jisc has worked with institutional decision makers to co-design the Step up community. This community is bringing together edtech founders and education leaders with a common goal of increasing innovation and supporting long term change in UK education. 

Step up exists for startups as a personal set of sector experts guiding you to a better understanding of the UK edtech market and ensuring you can work through complex institutional procurement processes.

Our focus in the 2020/21 academic year is to provide greater collaborative opportunities between our edtech hotlist and Jisc member institutions, ensuring that the HE sector, and the students it serves, is able to access some of the most innovative edtech solutions in a simple and trusted way.

You will gain access to UK institutional senior leaders through the Step up network and events, with the Jisc name and reputation within the sector behind your product at all times. You can expect to see benefits in taking your product through sales and procurement at any UK institution with confidence, and will have more opportunities to get your product in front of interested, HE audiences.

If you would be interested in joining our Step up community as a startup, we review our edtech hotlist on an annual basis, and are always open to hearing from new and innovative companies. Click below to register your details and join our mailing list:


Key Features…

  • Understand how your company can best compete in the UK institutional market with the Step Up Programme; a set of self-guided resources on key topics from sector experts

  • Participate in an exclusive community of edtech founders and UK education leaders supporting long term change in education

  • Collaborate with a community of like-minded innovators at our tailored Step Up events

  • Stand out from the competition with a dedicated spot on our edtech hotlist that decision makers reference to identify solutions for their institutions.


Join our community of vetted, innovative Step Up companies on our mission to transform higher and further education with technology.

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