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In search of the best
edtech startups in the world

The awards seek the most innovative, socially impactful and scalable Education and Technology entrepreneurial initiatives.

To identify and promote the world’s best entrepreneurial ideas in education, innovation and edtech. This is the main objective of the enlightED Awards, awards given for the second consecutive year within the framework of enlightED, organised by Fundación Telefónica, IE University, Fundación Santillana and South Summit, together with partners such as Wayra and Telefónica Educación Digital.

The winners will be announced at the second edition of enlightED, from 2 to 4 October in Madrid as part of South Summit 2019.

enlightED will award prizes in the following four categories:

IE University Award

Best Startup in Higher Education

Fundación Telefónica and Telefónica Digital Education Award

Startup with the best technological solution for learning and training

Fundación Santillana Award

Startup with the Greatest Social impact on Education

Wayra Award

Most Scalable Edtech Startup

The winning startups will have access to the Edtech IE Rockets startups accelerator; the Wayra international entrepreneurship network and the entire South Summit investment ecosystem, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with its partners and collaborators

enlightED 2019 has selected the 10 finalist startups in a new edition of the enlightED Awards 2019. The winning projects have been selected from more than 580 candidates for the best in education, innovation and edtech and will be the winners of the South Summit 2019 Startup Competition

60% of the candidatures presented in this edition come from 73 different countries and have been analysed by a selection committee made up of an international network of investors, entrepreneurs and experts in different industries. The criteria for the final selection include their innovative character, feasibility and scalability, among others, so it is not surprising that 25% of candidates are in the growth phase.

Los diez proyectos
seleccionados son:



It offers free, high-quality teaching materials to support the literacy development of students from 3rd to 12th grade.

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Expansio – CodeAll


It’s the world’s smartest Chatbot supported by Artificial Intelligence. It engages in natural conversation with users, while enabling intelligent environment encoding thanks to its wireless sensors and actuators.

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It’s a micro-learning platform that enables employees to boost their own professional development and retain knowledge through the small-scale training content they love.

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Platform that uses Artificial Intelligence to provide instant learning and support via SMS on mobile phones, highly targeted at students who cannot afford textbooks or do not have access to Internet.

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Tool that performs psycho-pedagogical, neurocognitive and neuropsychological tests to create a neurodidactic profile and, with automatic learning techniques, to recommend the best educational programme adapted to the special needs (S.E.N.) of children.

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Startup that aims to provide equal opportunities for enhanced STEM education for students worldwide by providing interactive 3D virtual simulations that are accessible, usable, and affordable for both educational institutions and students.

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Smile and Learn


An adaptive learning platform designed for 3rd to 12th grade children. It includes more than 4,000 activities in 200 applications and 250 videos that reinforce learning, language, and intelligence while providing analysis and recommendations based on children’s progress.

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Startup that has developed a fully integrated ecosystem consisting of easy-to-use 3D printing, an online STEM education platform, a modular robot building system, and a set of online tools that enable users to take full advantage of the learning potential of 3D printing.

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Its main objective is to help organisations to improve their online academic integrity in order to gain confidence and prestige in the market, providing a continuous service of online protection through facial recognition, allowing organisations to increase their online offering with credibility and profitability.

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A micro-learning application that allows users to learn easily by answering a question while unlocking their phone.

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