In search of the best
edtech startups in the world

We want to identify the best entrepreneurial initiatives in education, innovation and technology.

The enlightED Awards are accolades granted for the third consecutive year within the framework of enlightED, that seek to identify and promote the best entrepreneurial ideas from around the world in education, innovation and edTech, due to their spirit of innovation, high impact and scalability.

Organised by Fundación Telefónica, IE University, Fundación Santillana and South Summit, enlightED Awards are global awards, the winners of which will be announced during the third edition of enlightED, 19 to 23 October 2020.

We are waiting for your application until August 23rd.

Register your startup here

Learn about the four award categories:

Best Startup in Higher Education

Startup with the best technological solution for learning and training

Startup with the Greatest Social impact in Education

Startup with the greatest scalability

From among the participants, 10 startups will be selected that will have global visibility at enlightED 2020 and will compete for first place. They will also compete to be the grand prize winner of the South Summit 2020 Startup Competition.

During the event, the pitch of each selected startup, as well as the evaluation and monitoring of the jury, will be in online format.

The winning projects will have access to the Edtech startup IE Rockets accelerator, to the entire South Summit investment ecosystem, as well as to one to one networking sessions with any investors and corporations that request them.

In 2019 alone, 580 nominations from 73 different countries were submitted.

The ten winning
startups in 2019:



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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