Nov 02,2020

5 Polish startups that are changing EdTech industry

Our team at Fundacja Smialka is always on the lookout for the new trends in educational field. After all, innovation drives educational equality and brings new opportunities for kids and adults alike. Turns out, there are a number of Polish startups that are reshaping the industry. Let’s take a look.

1) Vocapp

Language learning is an ever-present educational challenge and it’s great to see Polish startups bringing new solutions to the table.

For me, memorizing new vocabulary is possibly the most tedious part of learning a new language, so I am excited to see how Vocapp optimizes vocabulary building. Their app – Fizskoteka – offers flashcard-based learning for a huge variety of languages – including Xhosa, Urdu, Scottish Gaelic and Belarusian (as I was born in Belarus, I was very happy to see Belarusian language on the list). So if you are ever wondering how to impress people at the party – just learn some words from rare languages with Fizskoteka and you are good to go!

While I am not yet in the position to judge whether or not Fizhkoteka’s vocabulary building strategy is great, the overall feel and design of the app seems promising.

2) Brainly

This is a tricky one. Basically, brainly is a place to get help with homework – you can ask any question and get an answer from peers or experts in the subject. The downside is that this platform can support students’ laziness and unwillingness to try solving questions by themselves. On the other hand, this is an ultimate social learning network – and in the world of social media it’s certainly nice to see the place where users focus on exchanging knowledge.

What is also notable is the way Brainly grew and developed. Starting with the first website called Zadane.pl back in 2009, it then grew to an international platform that raised $30 million in a Series C funding round in 2019.

3) Novakid

Novakid is here to help young learners to efficiently study English. The system seems to be a bit similar to some Chinese platforms (such as 51talk, VIPKID, Magic Ears, GoGo Kid) where English teachers connect with kids online and enjoy fun one-on-one lessons together.

Today, users from more than 40 countries are already using Novakid and it has been named as one of the most promising European startups in the field of education.

Image source: https://pixabay.com/pl/

4) Tommorow

Tommorow is focusing on B2B EdTech market (which has also started growing since the start of the pandemic) where they bring VR-based solutions. The startup has already done more than 340 major e-earning projects.

The use of VR in education is certainly intriguing. What particularly interested me was a blended learning that is offered by Tommorow –  this way VR and stationary courses supplement each other to increase efficiency.

Tommorow is also using VR for medical purposes and art.

5) Scriware

Scriware is so cool that it took me by surprise. Basically, they are offering a one of a kind educational ecosystem that supports STEAM education (integrated approach to learning that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math).

With the use of modern technologies, such as 3D printing, robotics and programming, Scriware offers a practical and interactive approach to learning.

One of my favorite components of Scrilab is probably SkriBot – a self-assembly robot that is used to teach children mechanics, programming and engineering. Besides all the practicality, I think Skribot is also a bit cute and it reminds me of my favorite robot ever – WALL-E.

 

Whenever I think “innovation” and “startups” my mind immediately goes to Silicon Valley, but it’s great to see amazing things happening right here, in Poland. Moving forward, we should continue to embrace innovation for making learning better and better.

 

Lada

Bibliography
1) https://tracxn.com/explore/EdTech-Startups-in-Poland
2) https://vocapp.com
3) https://brainly.com
4) https://social.techcrunch.com/2012/09/12/social-learning-network-brainly-raises-500k-from-point-nine-capital-angels/
5) https://300gospodarka.pl/news/trzy-polskie-firmy-na-liscie-12-najbardziej-obiecujacych-startupow-edukacyjnych-w-europie
6) https://www.novakidschool.com
7) https://skriware.com
8) http://www.tomorrow.pro/en/

Images source: https://pixabay.com/pl/