Brussels — EmpowerED, a new, large-scale project funded by the European Commission, started its life as an EdTech catalyst with a two-day kick-off meeting in Brussels on 16-17 February. The project will support closer collaboration between the various players involved in the digital education sector in Europe.
EmpowerED consists of 11 partners, including a consortium of EdTech trade associations, policymakers, educators, research institutes, and academics. The project is coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN), a non-profit association of 34 European ministries of education.
The specific aims of the EmpowerED project are:
- Mapping the EdTech landscape in Europe to identify best practices and reflect the current state of play in the sector.
- Consolidating and amplifying the work of current EdTech organisations supporting start-ups and SMEs (including incubators, accelerators, testbeds, investors, Digital Education Hubs etc.).
- Providing insight on trends linked to new schooling models and innovative education solutions.
- Producing a roadmap towards a European EdTech ecosystem.
- Equipping policymakers with a clearer understanding of how they can better support and work with start-ups and SMEs in the fast-expanding EdTech ecosystem.
- Building a pan-European network and platform for exchange between European EdTech initiatives.
The project partners hope to have a considerable impact on creating a thriving EdTech ecosystem for better learning across Europe.