Launchpad start-up wins Times Higher Ed inaugural edtech competition - Software Cornwall

A start-up created out of Falmouth University’s Venture Studio, Launchpad, has won the inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) edtech start-up competition.

KEVRI, founded by Corin Mynett, Emily Devonald and Natalie Campion, is a digital platform that enables universities to easily capture and measure their knowledge exchange activity.

Emily attended the THE Digital Universities conference this week (17-20 April) to showcase the platform, during which she took part in the edtech competition, pitching against other start-ups in the field in a dragon’s den scenario, which saw a unanimous vote declare KEVRI the winner!

Emily said: “When they called out KEVRI, I was ecstatic. It was great to see our business validated by expert opinions and awarded for our innovative vision, scope and growth in the education and impact sector.”

Natalie added: “Winning the THE edtech start-up award means the world to us. The connections we have made means we can share the KEVRI vision with the world of academia and industry.

“THE rankings are so important and valued by global institutions. Their rankings consider a host of contributing factors and they have just increased the value of knowledge exchange from 2.5% of the overall ranking to 4%. This is huge for our sector and demonstrates bigger drivers for the global market.”

The team have won an exclusive interview with a THE journalist to share their startup story with a global audience and to join as an official speaker for the 2024 THE Digital Universities conference.

KEVRI will be exhibiting at the ASTP Conference in Estonia during May and Praxis Auril Conference in June – say hello if you are attending.

They are currently open to collaborations and partnerships, if your organisation has any synergies with supporting academia to translate their knowledge into impact with industry contact them on [email protected]

Image caption: Emily from KEVRI at the Times Higher Education Digital Universities Conference 2023

For more information contact Kerri Popperwell, Launchpad Marketing, on [email protected]