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Attention EdTech startups: APAC venture online competition deadline Sept 6

Are you an Asia-Pacific EdTech startup founder at the early revenue stage? Looking to connect with industry experts, strengthen your brand, and accessing new markets?

Don’t miss out on the future of education in APAC competition organized by Creatella Ventures. Build your visibility, credibility, and get exposure to world-class investors. The application deadline is Sept. 6, 2020.

Prizes include AWS promotional credits, green lanes into accelerator programs, professional coaching, and training.

“If you ask any successful entrepreneur, they will always be able to give you the name of a great mentor that was extremely influential to them,” said Guillaume Catella, Founder and CEO of Creatella Ventures.

Guillaume Catella
Guillaume Catella of Creatella Ventures.

“We hope that the APAC EdTech Venture Competition will bring such opportunities to many entrepreneurs!”

The Asia-Pacific region has seen robust startup growth with Southeast Asia’s EdTech scene, with nearly $480 million USD in over 200 individual investments over the last five years, according to HolonIQ, an educational technology market insights platform.

The competition, which is free to enter and completely online, is divided into three themes of education technology:

Future of Education

Innovation & Learning Analytics, Quality, Inclusivity, and Accessibility of Education

Future of Workforce

Upskilling, Providing the right skills to the right market. Digital Upskilling

Distance Learning

Online Learning, Blended Learning, MOOCs, Virtual Classrooms

Thinking of entering? Be sure that you meet the eligibility requirements:

  • The startup must be in EdTech, with its incorporation address in the Asia-Pacific region, 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.
Some judges and mentors for the competition. Photo by Creatella Ventures

What’s 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.

Following the Sept. 6, 2020, entry deadline, 50 startups will be selected from the pool of applications to join the mentoring and pitching stages of the competition. This initial selection will be led by Creatella Venture Builder and the competition’s founding partners: AWS EdstartEduSpaze, and Blackboard.

The 50 startups chosen for competition will then go through three rounds of competition:

Round One: September 10-20

All 50 startups selected for competition will go through online mentoring calls with regional industry experts, experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators. You’ll have an opportunity to perfect your pitch in front of seasoned judges and receive one-on-one feedback regarding your startup.

Round Two: September 20-30

All 50 startups will go through the online pitching round. Jury members will be given a one-page summary of your startup, as well as your pitch deck. Please pitch as if the judges don’t know anything about your startup.

There will be two calls of 30 minutes each with one jury member. You will have 10 minutes to pitch and 20 minutes of Q&A and feedback.

The top 10 startups will be chosen to advance to the final round.

Round Three (Final): October 8

Ten startups will pitch online for the final round in front of jury members and an audience attending the AWS Public Sector Summit in Singapore. You will have 5 minutes to pitch and 10 minutes of Q&A.

Grand prize winners will be chosen by the judges in each category.

For more information on Creatella’s APAC EdTech Venture Competition and the online application, please visit their website.

According to Creatella, “Our mission is to connect driven EdTech startup founders, like yourself, to professionals to help you grow. The best part, it saves you time, money, and it’s 100% online. We hope this will open up even more opportunities for you!”

Editor’s Note: Adds comments from Guillaume Catella, Founder and CEO of Creatella Ventures; competition partners; updates final round date

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