#LEGup at Wayra: investment for edtech startups

The team from Nightzookeeper (who last spoke at #LEGup one year ago) have kindly invited us to their offices at Wayra, Latin American startup accelerator. We'll hear about what Nightzookeeper has been up to in the last year, and how investment has made a difference to their business.

We'll also be hosting a panel discussion on investment opportunities. Confirmed panel members so far are Richard Taylor, who has many years of experience across the edtech sector, as an entrepreneur, investor, adviser and mentor. He'll be giving us the benefit of his experience setting up, attracting investment for, and selling businesses such as Tutpup, the maths and English site purchased by Mind Candy.

In addition we have Alliott Cole, a Principal in the Ventures team at Octopus. Octopus are "straight talking human investors that back talented people rather than specific sectors." They focus on "identifying fast growth businesses which can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry." They can invest from £250,000 to £5 million and prefer to partner teams based in the UK. Companies they have backed include Zoopla;Graze.com; SwiftKey; and, Secret Escapes.

Also on the panel is Edd Stockwell, elearning Market Specialist. Edd interspersed entrepreneurship with finance for a couple of years before co-founding Tutorfair.com in 2012. His research in 2011 was on the elearning market across Europe. He spoke with about 250 European elearning companies, looking at their competitor set, calling up potential buyers and funds, and matching the two. You can buy his full report for £500 or hear the summary and pick his brains here.

Most venture capital activity is focused on raising larger sums for more established companies. Edd's talk tonight focuses more on early-stage funding and valuation in the education space.

We'll also hopefully be hearing about a forthcoming competition for edtech startups.

The team from Nightzookeeper are also running Startup Weekend Edu in January. It's a hack weekend which offers fledgling startups great exposure and the change to get a leg up (ho ho ho) in the notoriously difficult edtech market. They have very generously offered a 50% discount to #LEGup members. To take advantage of this, you'll need to go to http://londonedu.startupweekend.org/ and enter the discount code 'LEGup'.

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  • Manu Goel

    Great insights from people who have been there and have done it. And also from those who are there right now and sailing through. Much appreciate Kirsten's effort on organizing this amazing event.

    1 · January 17, 2013

  • David Miller

    Excellent event. Thanks for the insights @dick_taylor @nightzookeeper @EddStockwell

    January 16, 2013

  • David Smith

    My first LEGup. Perfect presenters. Great network of do-ers, movers and shakers. Verrrry useful to us, and so we'll be at all the others. Well done (Kudos) Kirsten! Thanks to Paul & Josh, Richard and Edd for their contribs too.

    January 17, 2013

    • Kirsten Campbell-Howes

      hey David. It was our pleasure! Looking forward to seeing you at future #LEGups!

      January 17, 2013

  • Shelley Mannion

    Great meetup at a really interesting venue. I liked the variety of presenters, none of whom talked for too long or monopolized the discussion. The panel was interesting and helpful. The only problem was that the acoustics in the meeting area made it very hard to hear people.

    January 17, 2013

  • Richard Taylor

    5 stars for Josh, Paul, Edd & Kirsten

    January 17, 2013

  • Una

    Useful and inspiring!

    January 17, 2013

  • laurent

    Great people, very informative and inspirational

    January 17, 2013

  • Stephen Parkes

    Another great edtech event. Well done to the LEGup guys.

    January 17, 2013

  • Martin Stevens

    Great event - well done Kirsten.

    January 17, 2013

  • Alex

    LEGup has great hosts & organisation. It's full of knowledgable, friendly people that cover interesting topics in the world of educational gaming, I had a super fun networking experience!

    1 · January 17, 2013

  • Milverton Wallace

    Almost a case of information overload! Great stuff.

    January 16, 2013

  • Kitty

    Great event!

    January 16, 2013

  • David Smith

    Signed-up to London EDU Startup Weekend. Thanks for the heads-up!

    December 19, 2012

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