Open Class EdTech #10 – EdTech: a bridge between university and market?

Open Class EdTech #10 – EdTech: a bridge between university and market?

By In EdTech news On March 9, 2017


We are used to say that “education is the only sector which is not disrupted yet”. However there are many actors, public and private, who innovate and invent new solutions to improve the educational system and the ways to learn and teach. Nowadays, the disruption in education is coming from everywhere. The point is there are not many bridges between these different kinds of innovators, even though they have one common goal: to build educative solutions adapted to today’s challenges.

What is the potential of the EdTech sector for building these bridges? To what extent EdTech is able to strengthen dialogue between all actors involved in the learning revolution?

To discuss these issues, we will host Marie-Christine LEVET, founder of EduCapital, the first investment fund focused on EdTech at an European level. She will look back on her professional journey as a Venture Capital partner and a digital entrepreneur and will shed light on why she has decided to shift to education. She will bring her insights on the EdTech global, European and French markets: what are the challenges and the hopes? This will also be the opportunity to hear about her tips and tricks to launch your EdTech startup!

Finally, what does a Master Class by an EdTech investor in an University mean? What modes of facilitation and fertilization could we imagine between the future edupreneur network of EduCapital and the University? This dialogue paves the way for an inclusive and sustainable revolution in education.

French internet pioneer, Marie-Christine LEVET has been the founder and CEO of major french internet companies. She founded Lycos France in 1997 and brought to one of the most visited portal in France in the year 2000. In 2001 she became the CEO of Club-Internet/T-Online France, where she developed the ADSL and TV/VOD offer. She was then the CEO of the hi-tech information media Groupe Tests where she transformed the traditional print media group into a digital bi-media group.

After this strong entrepreneurial life, she turned back to venture capitalism in order to bring her experience to younger CEOs. In 2009, she took part in the creation of Jaina Capital, first entrepreneur fund in France, investing in early stage start ups, including, La Ruche qui dit oui, Ouicar, Devialet, Peak…She was also a venture partner at the “Google Fund for the innovation in the press”.

She then decided to create EDUCAPITAL, first european fund dedicated to edtech that will be launched in Q2 2017.

Marie-Christine serve now as board member of various companies : Iliad (Free), AFP, Mercialys, Maisons du Monde, Hi-Pay.

Marie-Christine Levet is a graduate from HEC and holds a MBA from INSEAD.

This Open Class is the perfect opportunity to discuss about creativity in education and to meet various kind of change-makers of education (students, researchers, startupers, teachers…) ! The conference will be followed by a Q&A session and a convivial moment for discussion and networking.

We are looking forward to meeting you,

The EdTech team