The call will remain open until 30 June

The European Incubator-Accelerator that helps EdTech start-ups/SMEs turn ideas into market-ready products


  • On April 6th, IMPACT EdTech launches its first Open Call to select up to 21 start-ups/SMEs which will benefit from €195,000 equity free funding each. 
  • The call will remain open until 30 June. Apply through the IMPACT EdTech website:
  • The IMPACT EdTech highly selective programme offers companies access to a 9-month incubation-acceleration programme, incorporating pre-acceleration activities to test market interest and piloting in real educational environments.
  • IMPACT EdTech is launched within the framework of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme to boost innovation in education throughout Europe, and is led by European Schoolnet, ISDI and FundingBox.


On 6 April, IMPACT EdTech, the European incubator-accelerator that helps EdTech start-ups turn their ideas into market-ready products,  launches its first open call to select some of the most promising EdTech start-ups/SMEs to be supported with up to €195,000 equity-free funding and incubation-acceleration services adapted to their needs. 

Until 30 June 2020 at 13:00 CEST, EdTech disruptors providing solutions to educational challenges either targeting formal (school-based) compulsory education, or solutions for further formal and informal education can submit their applications through the project website: 

The open call targets start-ups/SMEs that address three specific challenges which can be answered by digital technologies: inclusive education, personalised learning and/or skills

development of learners. In the context of widespread school closures around the world and the increased role of digital technologies in facilitating education at all levels during the COVID-19 crisis, IMPACT EdTech also strives to identify tech solutions that help keep education thriving in periods of educational disruption.

Up to 21 selected companies will have the chance to participate in the first 9-months incubation-acceleration cycle of IMPACT EdTech, during which they will be supported in developing the design of their Minimum Viable Products (MVP) by engaging with targeted end-users and education experts, following a ‘pedagogy-first’ approach. This cycle will incorporate, for the most promising projects, pre-acceleration activities to test market interest and facilitate early deals, as well as short-cycle pilots to obtain the preliminary impact assessment data that investors and clients require.

Participants will participate in a rigorous and personalised training programme and will have access to an international network of recognised mentors from Google, Airbnb, Ikea, Yahoo, Prisa and Microsoft, among others, led by the digital business school ISDI through ISDI Accelerator; access to education mentors, experts and digital learning professionals, as well as Future Classroom Lab Validation Services led by European Schoolnet, and support in access to funding opportunities, knowledge and connections through specialised communities that are related to specific tech initiatives, led by FundingBox.

IMPACT EdTech is an incubation-acceleration programme funded by the European Commission via its H2020 programme, ambitioned to support up to 42 European EdTech disruptors with almost 6M€ equity-free funding plus acceleration and mentoring services to bring their digital learning innovations into the market. 


About ISDI Accelerator

ISDI develops acceleration & innovation programs for start-ups, corporations and public institutions. We have lead mentoring and acceleration services in the IMPACT ACCELERATOR programmes since 2014.  These initiatives, funded by the European Commission, have marked a milestone on the continent thanks to the collaboration between public entities, corporations, educational entities, investors and, of course, start-ups.
Our portfolio currently features more than 180 start-ups, 4 of which have had an exit. We have distributed 45 million of public funding and 104 million euros have been raised after our programmes. ISDI also covers a wide range of countries all over Europe; our start-ups come from 27 different countries of origin.

About European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet is the network of 34 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels. As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to bring innovation in teaching and learning to our key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers, and industry partners.
We are driven by our mission to support education stakeholders in Europe in the transformation of education processes for 21st century digitalized societies. We do this by identifying and testing promising innovative practices, sharing evidence about their impact, and supporting the mainstreaming of teaching and learning practices aligned with 21st century standards for inclusive education.

About FundingBox

FundingBox provides access to funding opportunities, knowledge and connections through specialised communities that are related to specific tech initiatives: Smart Mobility, Robotics, Decentralised Technologies, Circular Economy, Next Generation Internet, Industry 4.0, etc.
Communities are accessible within an open-culture platform thanks to which stakeholders from startups, SMEs, Research & Technology Centres and a variety of other organisations meet, interact and collaborate.
In this way, these makers, entrepreneurs, innovators and experts can build meaningful connections and win equity-free and private funding that can together boost their growth.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871275. Neither the European Commission (EC) nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for how the following information is used. The views expressed in this document are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EC.