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📚 Our August Update: Join our Edtech Startup Festival!
☀️ We hope you are all doing well!
August at Brighteye means putting the final touches 🪡 to our Edtech Startup Festival. We have been busy over the summer putting the 5-7 September 2023 event program in place and confirming a line-up of brilliant contributors from the Edtech startup community. We really hope to see you online in a few weeks – read on for the full details!
Other August news from us include:
Investment Updates – 2 new members welcomed to the Brighteye portfolio
Selected News from the Portfolio – a new celebrity partnership and hitting some media headlines
Insights – our TechCrunch take on the H1 European Edtech Funding Report
Events – our Startup Festival, and see you at Edtech Next, TechBBQ and IPEM
The Brighteye Team
💰 INVESTMENT UPDATES
🆕 Coachbetter $2.9M Seed-Plus
We are delighted to have welcomed Coachbetter to our portfolio in a $2.9M Seed Plus round, as the Swiss 🇨🇭 startup continues to grow and develop better digital tools for coaching and teaching football ⚽️. We led the round, alongside Zen11 Holding – with a pool of experienced investors and some prominent names from international football also participating. Impressive, Patrick Patzig, Simon Arpagaus and team Coachbetter – Let’s Go 👏!
🗞️ You can check out some good media coverage, including on Tech.eu, Tech Funding News, EU-Startups, and Swiss Startupticker, for the full story.
🆕 Ucademy - €1.5M Seed
We are excited to share the news of Ucademy’s 🇪🇸 €1.5M Seed round, that we led. It is great to welcome the online test preparation platform helping learners prepare for exams faster, more convenient and cheaper to our portfolio family. 🎉🎈Congratulations Ramiro Zandrino Romero and team, we are looking forward to supporting you on the expansion 🌎, new verticals and product development journey! ✏️ The story as covered by the media, included: Expansión (Sp), EU Startup News, 180TechNews.
📣 SELECTED NEWS FROM THE PORTFOLIO
🔥 Ornikar named a French “soonicorn”
Ace to see that Ornikar made it onto Sifted’s list of 18 French “soonicorns” to watch earlier this summer. The online driving 🚘 lessons and insurance provider keeps growing and keeping us proud!
👨🏼🍳 Jamie Oliver sign-up for YesChef
We’re happy to learn about an exciting new celebrity partnership for YesChef, the online cooking academy offering classes with some of the best chefs 🍽️ in the world. From September you can enjoy a glimpse 👀 into Jamie Oliver’s world and the food that has shaped him, learning the dishes and essential techniques to recreate the celebrity chef’s food at home.
🗞️ The sAInaptic journey on Asian Voice
We came across a nice profile piece featuring Co-Founders Rajeshwarei Iyer and Kavitha Ravindran of sAInaptic on the Asian Voice, offering a peek into their journey of founding and building their automated revision, learning, and assessment platform which marks and gives instant feedback on open-ended exam 🎓 responses.
📰 Our editorial on the H1 Edtech Funding Report
After publishing our Half Year Edtech Funding Report 2023 in July, we were happy to share some thoughts around the findings in the TechCrunch editorial “It’s been a bumpy six months for edtech – are smoother roads ahead?”
ICYM the actual report you can check it out here:
💻 Our Edtech Startup Festival 2023 starts soon
We are proud and excited to bring on the free, digital Brighteye Edtech Startup Festival 2023 on 5-7 September. Join us in 2 weeks for 3 days of conversations and insights 🎤 by and for builders and operators in the Edtech startup world. Focused on practicality and application, we aim to make the events as useful as possible for the community. In 6 digital sessions, we are bringing together leading C-suite Edtech operators to answer your questions and provide their best advice on a host of transferable challenges that you'll encounter as you build 🧱 your business.
This year’s topics are:
☕️ Let’s meet IRL in September?
We will also be busy attending other great events in September, catching up with many of you in real life at the EdtechNext Summit 🇩🇪 in Bielefeld, Germany, TechBBQ 🇩🇰 in Copenhagen and IPEM 🇫🇷 in Paris. Please give us a shout if you are around and want to meet!