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Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet


CEO of Edxus Group and Co-Founder of Edtech Europe, shares his thoughts on this year’s event


THE E-LEARNING MARKET IS THE FASTEST-GROWING MARKET IN EDUCATION, STANDING AT OVER


$91bn GLOBALLY


Source: IBIS Capital: e-Learning Lessons for the Future 2013


 Has this year’s event been a success? Yes. We saw more than 300 at endees this year, compared to 125 last year. More than 20 nationalities came from across Europe and the US. In fact, 15% of at endees travelled from the US. This highlights the scale and diversity of our audience and provides high-quality and relevant networking opportunities for everyone involved. The balance between our keynote


speeches, discussion panels and networking breaks worked extremely well. It can be tricky get ing that balance right, but we think leaving time for discussions is an opportunity to generate ideas, identify industry trends and deliver instant feedback.


 How has the edtech sector changed over the past 12 months? Last year we saw a lot of ideas and experiments, this year these have moved to adoption. Plans have now turned into real products and it’s great to see success and growth in the edtech sector. We’ve noticed a parallel between


and opportunities that surround the e-learning industry


learning online. Available in three languages, bet ermarks off ers over 100 interactive maths books for primary and secondary years.


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The Student Room – an online forum designed to support students


through their studies – starting in 2001 as a conversation forum for students to share ideas and get advice, the portal has evolved to now host sample essays, quizzes, revision notes, mindmaps and study planners for over 16,000 users.


“We are dedicated to providing a high- quality service to the edtech sector”


“These three companies stood out for us as having a real grasp on the opportunities and direction of the edtech and e-learning market,” said Charles McIntyre, CEO of IBIS Capital and Co- Founder of EdTech Europe. “Each of these companies were able to


demonstrate robust business plans and clear scope for growth and scale into other markets.” ET


the European and US edtech markets. Europe does not lag behind in terms of innovation, and there is a growing appetite from stakeholders in the US to team up with European start-ups.


 What are your aims for Edtech Europe 2015? To focus on quality not quantity. Part of our goal is to of course, increase at endee numbers but we are also dedicated to providing a high-quality service to the edtech sector. We want to keep a dialogue between investors, industry and innovators, and make sure they take away something valuable from our event.


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