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Startup in Residence EdTech

Do you want your higher education institution or startup to collaborate and look at the possibilities within education in a new way? Read more about the Startup in Residence EdTech programme.

In 2022, the working group EdTech for educational innovation will launch Startup in Residence (SiR) EdTech – a programme for universities of applied sciences and universities that want to collaborate with startups on challenges within education, where educational technology offers a possible solution. The SiR programme supports, facilitates and enables cooperation between educational institutions and innovative startups.

Why participate?

  • Find smarter solutions to improve your education;
  • Support and facilitate creative exchange between educational institutions and startups;
  • Contribute to strengthening the EdTech startup ecosystem in the Netherlands.

Sign up!

On Thursday October 20th, the working group will festively launch the first edition of Startup in Residence EdTech. Together with the participating institutions, startups and partners, they will officially launch the programme. Will you be there? Then sign up now. Want to know more about the kick-off programme? Then take a look here.

The challenges

Seven universities (of applied sciences) formulated their challenges in cooperation with the EdTech working group. These vary from the development of an online environment for information provision regarding the (re)design of blended education to a solution for more efficient assessment with large groups of students. You can read a short summary of each challenge here. The detailed version of each challenge can be found here.

The application deadline for startups has passed in the meantime. The working group will start with matching the right startup to one of the challenges.

The challenge of Utrecht University of Applied Sciences is all about improving collaboration in a cloud environment between students. In addition to 24/7 access to this cloud, this must also be done safely. Unburdening the teachers is also an important spearhead.

The question/challenge to startups
Contribute to a solution where students are able to work collaboratively in a cloud environment they have continuous access to and gives them the opportunity to safely practice in a realistic environment.

Find a more detailed description of the challenge here.

Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and The Hague University of Applied Sciences are joining forces for this challenge in order to enable lecturers and students to develop and implement cyber security education in co-creation. There is a need for a digital solution that can be deployed across the sector. When thinking of a solution, it is important for institutions to have ownership and control over the learning experience.

The question/challenge to startups
Develop or contribute to a digital solution that enables teachers and students sector-wide to develop and implement cybersecurity education in co-creation.

Find a more detailed description of the challenge here.

University of Utrecht developed various transdisciplinary education initiatives, where students collaborate with researchers, companies and social partners work together to find solutions to complex issues as part of their education program. Currently, it is difficult for the initiators of this type of education and social organisations and companies to find each other. In this project, the University of Utrecht asks the help from startups to simplify the process with the help of EdTech.

The question/challenge to startups
Develop a solution that enables the connection between external partners and challenge-based learning initiatives within the Utrecht University to link societal challenges to multidisciplinary student teams.

Find the detailed description of this challenge here.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences aims to develop highly qualitative, activating education by using blended learning design. Therefore, The Hague University of Applied Sciences – in collaboration with Avans University of Applied Sciences – is looking for an online environment where lecturers can (re)design blended education using a database full of good examples and supporting information.

The question/challenge to startups
Develop an online environment that supports teachers in designing blended learning with the help of a database of supporting information.

Read the detailed description of the challenge here.

Receiving responses to an evaluation is a challenge, also in education. Every educational institution benefits from completed student evaluations on the instructor(s) and course concerned. The challenge facing Tilburg University is to increase the response rates in order to improve the quality of education, based on feedback. The goal is to motivate both student and instructor to take an evaluation seriously.

The question/challenge to startups
Contribute to the increase of response rates to acceptable levels of course and teacher evaluations to gather usable feedback and data which can be used to improve the quality of education.

Read the detailed description of the challenge here.

How can an lecturer efficiently assess open-ended questions among large numbers of students without losing the opportunity for feedback and the quality of the assessment? Tilburg Law School is looking for a technical solution to this challenge. Research has already been carried out into this, and various ideas have been put forward. Can an algorithm in combination with rubrics offer a solution? Or can specific coding help with assessment?

The question/challenge to startups
Contribute to a solution with which lecturers can efficiently mark open questions for exams with very large quantities of students without losing the quality of the grading and the feedback possibilities it offers.

Read the detailed description of the challenge here.

The VU Amsterdam is looking for a solution where students are coached on academic writing skills throughout their studies. Monitoring and the possibility of making adjustments are important for this. The aim is to achieve this without requiring extra time from lecturers.

The question/challenge to startups
Contribute to a solution that coaches students on academic writing skills throughout their studies so that they can develop their skills to reach the desired level of academic writing.

Read the detailed description of the challenge here.

About the programme

Participating as higher education institution

It is no longer possible to register challenges from higher education institutions, but we are looking into the possibilities for a second edition of SiR EdTech. Do you have a challenge within your educational institution for which EdTech might be a solution and do you want to know more about the possibilities?
Please contact us via edtech@versnellingsplan.nl.

Stay updated

Do you want to stay updated about Startup in Residence EdTech? Leave your e-mail adress and we will send you updates as they come.

Do you have questions about the Startup in Residence programme? Then please contact the working group at edtech@versnellingsplan.nl

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