Business Competition
The Cool Initiatives Education Challenge
After much deliberation, we are proud to announce the six finalists of our inaugural Cool Initiatives competition.

When we launched our competition back in January, we were looking for innovative and creative ideas that have potential to help schools function better or drive new ways of learning, allowing teachers to spend more time teaching.

We've been amazed and delighted by the standard of applicants. Our finalists range from a well-established timetabling software company to the kernel of a school trip-planning platform, a rapidly-expanding lesson-planning community to a job-matching site for teens, a language support service for asylum-seeking children, and a school app design company led by three entrepreneurial A-level students. While these businesses are diverse in their aims and focus, all our finalists are united by their passion, offering practical solutions to real problems in UK education.

Our shortlisted EdTech concepts are outlined below. Each company or entrepreneur will next present their projects in person to a panel of judges at our Grand Final at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln on 18 May 2018. One of our finalists will win the £10,000 first prize, with £5,000 going to the runner-up, and £500 awarded to each of the other finalists.

We’re very excited by the fantastic ideas put forward and look forward to working with the finalists to make a real difference to teachers and students.
To find out more about our finalists, click on the links below:


For more general information about the competition, or if you want to talk to us about your business idea, you can contact us here .