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Press Release: EdTech Europe launches high profile advisory board to spearhead growth in the E-learning market

This year’s search for Europe’s fastest growing and most innovative e-learning companies begins

London, 23 April 2014 – Edxus Group and IBIS Capital, founders of EdTech Europe, an exclusive one day e-learning summit, today named a number of high profile experts from across the education, technology, media and financial markets as founding members of the EdTech Europe Advisory Board. Designed to encourage innovation and investment in the European e-learning market, board members will work closely with the EdTech Europe founders on the event itself, as well as the launch of the search for Europe’s fastest growing and innovative e-learning companies, the 2014 EdTech 20.

The EdTech Europe Advisory Board now includes:

Louise Rogers, CEO, TES Global (formerly TSL Education)
Jay Rosenstock, President, Discovery Education International, Global Corporate Development
Ron Reed, Executive Producer,SXSWedu
Ulrik Juul Christensen, Senior Fellow, Digital Learning, McGraw-Hill Education
Colin Hughes, Managing Director,Collins Learning
Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, SVP Data, Experience & Efficacy,Pearson
John Martin, CEO,Sanoma Learning
Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, CEO, Edxus Group and co-founder of Ed Tech Europe
Charles McIntyre, CEO IBIS Capital and co-founder Ed Tech Europe
“We’re delighted to welcome such a strong collection of industry thought leaders, influencers and innovators to bolster our work in the European edtech and e-learning marketplace,” said Ed Tech Europe’s founders Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet and Charles McIntyre. “Despite evidence that edtech and e-learning represent one of the most attractive investment opportunity of the next decade, European e-learning companies are still struggling to attract investment on the same scale as their US counterparts, resulting in a fragmented and under-invested industry in comparison with other tech sectors. Ed Tech Europe has been formed to raise the profiles of innovators and players driving the industry forward and to encourage consolidation and capital investment in the sector”. Our Advisory Board is here to guide and support our mission and will expand soon to encompass representatives of all aspects of the industry – from teachers to venture capitalists”.

The EdTech Europe Advisory Board will make up part of the judging panel for the 2014 EdTech 20 rankings. EdTech 20 highlights the top 20 e-learning companies in Europe by innovation, scale, market impact and revenue over the past year, as well as the key trends in the education technology space.

Last year’s EdTech 20 list highlighted some edtech companies which were trying out some really disruptive models and getting some real traction,” commented Advisory Board member Louise Rogers, CEO, TES Global. “We are keen to see how things have progressed since then, particularly as the number of companies innovating in this area is exploding. The e-learning space is one of the most active and diverse at the moment and we look forward to receiving entries from far and wide across Europe.”

To be considered for inclusion in the EdTech 20, e-learning companies should email info@edtecheurope.com.

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