Can edtech start-ups solve the biggest challenges faced by UK universities?

Jisc and Emerge believe the answer is yes. This report identifies the most urgent priorities facing university senior leaders in the next three years. This forms the basis for further publications, where we’ll look at each priority in more detail. We will definitively map innovative startup solutions to the priorities.

From fixes to foresight: Jisc and Emerge Education insights for universities and startups

There are plenty of opportunities for startups to hear from each other. Very rarely do they get to hear from real customers, to understand their priorities and the problems they are facing. This will allow them to shape their products to ensure they meet university needs.

Ultimately, we want to build a vibrant, effective edtech ecosystem. With seamless collaboration between universities and leading startups.

So what’s next?

We want to turn the findings in this report into action. The next phase of our research will identify edtech startups that can help universities with these five priorities.

If you would like to know more about how we support universities and startups to collaborate on digital solutions, please do get in touch at

You can also join our ecosystem of universities and startups by taking part in our Step Up Programme.

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