LONDON, Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After reviewing more than 1,000 applications from EdTech startups in 70 countries, the Global EdTech Startup Awards were hosted by Israel-based MindCET January 24th on the eve of BETT. Fifteen finalists presented their products and vision to a standing room only crowd and a panel of distinguished judges.
"We had finalists from the U.S., U.K., India, Israel, France, and Columbia," said Avi Warshavsky, MindCET CEO. "EdTech startups from 70 countries competed for the prestigious Global EdTech Startup Awards, illustrating the global reach that education technology has. In the end, 15 finalists were chosen, with Penpal Schools, Primo Toys, and Edovo winning the competition."
Chicago-based Edovo has a unique mission: to provide meaningful access to education and self-improvement tools that can unlock the potential of every person affected by incarceration. The company provides education programs for prisons, bringing EdTech advances to a population sorely underserved.
"Successful prison Education is proven to reduce recidivism rates by 43 percent, and that translates into real savings for the taxpayer," explained Edovo CEO Brian Hill. "Today's correctional facilities struggle to "correct anything" because of financial and operational challenges inherent to the system. The Edovo platform efficiently and cost effectively combats that through the use of secure tablet technology to help incarcerated people take the steps to make positive change and reenter society. Tablet users may browse topics related to cognitive behavioral therapy, vocational training, academics, and more."
Edovo's impact is impressive. In 2015 alone they supported 5,600 incarcerated users who completed 162,000 lessons and collectively logged 59,000 hours of coursework.
As the winner of the first place prize, Edovo will receive $10,000. Edovo, as well as runners-up Primo Toys and Penpal Schools will receive access to EdTech incubators and accelerators in Tel Aviv, New York, London, Barcelona and Bogotá – including office space and facilities, networking, mentoring and guidance.
About Global EdTech Startup Awards
The Global EdTech Startups Awards is the largest EdTech startup competition in the world. It is an initiative led by a group of leading education innovation organizations from across the world, including the Center for Educational Technology, Digital Promise, Technologico de Monterrey, LearnLaunch, and others. The Awards will identify, showcase and recognize the world's most promising EdTech startups. With partners in a dozen countries, the GESAwards provide an unmatched showcase for the most innovative EdTech companies from across the world.