APAC EdTech Venture Competition

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Prizes

AWS Promotional Credits
AWS EdStart SWAG Bag
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Greenlane Access into EduSpaze Accelerator Program
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Blackboard Partnerships Program Membership + Showcase
1-year membership worth $3,000 + Startup Partner Showcase at BbWorld 2021
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$2,000 in-kind investment
2,000 USD in value to build your MVP with Creatella’s teams in design and tech
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Entry to Techstars
Entry interview to Techstars Startup Accelerator (global)
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Entry into Alchemist Accelerator
Entry interview to Alchemist Accelerator Program
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6D Framework in Business and Innovation Workshop
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Professional Training and Coaching Sessions
Group training packages valued over $15,000
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Strategic UX Consultancy
2 hours of mentoring on design and business model
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Benefits

Every participant selected into the competition will benefit from the following perks!

Support
Access to regional industry experts, experienced entrepreneurs, investors and accelerators.
Branding
Build your visibility, credibility and get exposure to world class investors.
Community and Networking
Access and build a common-vision network.
Prizes and Benefits
Rewards for the winning startups.

Why Apply

Apply as a startup

3 themes in EdTech

Timeline

Application deadline

Submit your pitch and application online

July 25 - September 6, 23:59 SGT

Selection

Pre-selection of top 50 startups across the 3 categories

September 7, 23:59 SGT

Round 1 : Mentoring

The 50+ selected teams participate in mentoring and pitch training sessions with industry experts

September 10-20, 23:59 SGT

Round 2: Pitch

Pitch your startup online in front of world-class judges and investors

September 20-30, 23:59 SGT

Round 3: Finals

The top 10 startups will do the final round of pitching remotely, online in front of EdTech experts 

October 8

Winner Selection

Our Judges and Mentors

More than 50 seasoned investors, business angels, VCs, mentors, accomplished entrepreneurs and senior industry experts, from both the startup and corporate world will join us as judges and mentors through both rounds of the competition.

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Part of Spaze Ventures, EduSpaze is Singapore’s first edtech accelerator supported by Enterprise Singapore,  the enterprise development agency. It helps early stage edtech startups go to market, accelerate their growth, and co-innovate with other stakeholders in the space to address sector-specific challenges with innovative solutions that improve learning outcomes and the impact of education.

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Frequently Asked Question

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Your startup must be in EdTech, with its incorporation address in Asia-Pacific (inclusive of Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh).
  • It must have launched its product or service already.
  • It must have less than 10 million usd in Annual Recurring Revenue.
  • Some evidence of impact is a plus.

What language will the event be conducted in?

English.

Are there any cost associated to my application?

No.

How much time will I have to spend on the Venture Competition?

It will take about 15-30 minutes to apply, and a few hours to receive mentorship and later pitch in front of investors, throughout the different ronds. 

Who will be evaluating my application?

The first selection will be led by Creatella Venture Builder and our partner, EduSpaze. They will go through each application and select 50 of the best startups among the qualifying ones to participate in the competition.

The evaluations across the 3 rounds will be conducted by the jury, composed with seasoned EdTech executives, entrepreneurs, advisors and investors.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The team, problem identification and value proposition, innovation, timing, market opportunity, execution plan and go-to-market strategy, business model viability, investability and pitch quality.

Can I apply to several categories?

Yes, if your startup covers several of them.

What are the rules of the pitch?

Round 1 is an online mentoring round of one or two 30 minutes calls with a mentor each, to help you improve your pitch, share feedback and mentor you regarding your startup. There won’t be any selection at this stage.

Round 2 is an online pitching round, during which you will have two calls of 30 minutes with one jury member each (10 minutes to pitch and 20 minutes of Q&A and feedback). The jury members will be given a one pager summary of your startup, as well as your pitch deck but please pitch as if they didn’t know anything about your startup. The top 10 will be invited to join round 3.

During round 3, you will pitch online in front of jury members and of an audience attending the AWS Public Sector Summit in Singapore (or Online to be confirmed). You will have 5 minutes to pitch and 5 minutes of Q&A.

How many winners will be chosen?

50 startups will be selected to join the first round of mentoring. There won’t be any selection or culling between round 1 and 2. 

At the end of round 2, 10 startups will be selected and invited to round 3. One grand prize winner will be chosen by the judges in each category.