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. 

The Step Up Programme is like a personal set of sector experts guiding you to a better understanding of the UK edtech market and complex institutional procurement processes. You will come away with advice on how to best place your product in the market and all the skills you need to successfully complete and pass the Step Up assessment.

Passing the Step Up assessment will unlock important opportunities for your company. Our unique assessment enables you to generate your company’s procurement pack, simplifying your route through institutional implementations. You will also gain access to UK institutional senior leaders through the Step Up network and events. With these invaluable resources, you can expect to see benefits in taking your product through sales and procurement at any UK institution with confidence.

To gain access to the Step Up assessment criteria, in-depth support materials, and launch your company to new frontiers, apply below:


Key Features…

  • Simplify your route through the institutional procurement process with our sector insights

  • 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

  • Validate your own technology, team, and company operations with our robust healthcheck, including personalised guidance through the process

  • 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 the list of vetted startups 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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