From virtual and augmented reality to personalized learning and gamification, Helsinki’s edtech scene is at the forefront of revolutionizing the way we learn and teach.
Boost Your EdTech Business in Helsinki
As the world’s happiest nation, Finland values lifelong learning as a path to a better future. With a strong tech hub, top-ranked education system, and digital readiness, the country is a hub for developing innovative solutions for the global edtech market. The City of Helsinki supports edtech innovation through Testbed Helsinki and Helsinki Education Hub.
Finland is ranked #1 for skills development at work, and the government invests in lifelong learning initiatives. Their goal for 2025 is to become a country where everyone is constantly eager to learn more. The Helsinki Partners team is available to help you navigate the local edtech scene and find investment, business, or R&D opportunities – all for free.
The ideal location for Edtech Innovation
With a thriving startup community, cutting-edge technology, and a world-renowned education system, Helsinki is the perfect environment for developing innovative EdTech solutions. This unique combination sets Helsinki apart as a hub for education technology.
EdTech companies in Helsinki have a unique advantage to create their products in collaboration with their target audience: pupils, students, and teachers.
The co-creation process is backed by the municipality and is made easy with a well-defined path, along with ready-to-use templates and documents.
This allows both teachers and startups to focus on the co-Pupils actively participating in the process and provide valuable feedback and fresh ideas to the companies, while also enhancing their entrepreneurial and ICT skills.
The Agile Piloting programme is grounded in the actual needs of schools and startups that apply to pre-defined challenges collected from schools. The City of Helsinki also promotes development activities in schools through Testbed Helsinki.
Finland is home to a world-class education system with a vision for lifelong learning.
Finland is renowned for its top-performing education system, ranking consistently at the top of international education rankings. This is attributed to the country’s emphasis on equality, innovative teaching methods, pedagogy, and a highly skilled teaching workforce.
Furthermore, Finland’s universities are among the best in the world, and the country is ranked #1 for skills development at work. The government has invested in a programme to promote lifelong learning, and its goal for 2025 is to create a culture where continuous learning is a natural way of life.
Finland is also consistently ranked as the world’s happiest country for three years running. For more information on the basic education system in Helsinki, please refer to this page from the city of Helsinki.
Finland has a long history of promoting and participating in adult education, which is widely popular in the country. The participation rate for learning activities among Finnish adults is among the highest in the world (28.5%), almost tripling the European average (11.1%).
The Finnish education system is designed to support lifelong learning, with no dead ends in the education system. The government has launched reforms targeting adult education and lifelong learning as part of its education policy.
Liberal adult education in Finland is actively encouraged and has an impressive annual participation rate of 1.1 million citizens. Furthermore, courses are nearly free of charge, making education accessible to all.
Finland is a globally recognized leader in pedagogy, constantly developing based on research.
All teachers hold a master’s degree and enjoy professional freedom, experimenting with innovative approaches.
The University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Education has top-quality research, teacher training, and an active teacher community, making Finland the top country to see the future of education.
Finland’s EdTech ecosystem has experienced rapid development in recent years, encompassing all the necessary actors and services to support the entire EdTech startup pipeline.
The ecosystem boasts an accelerator, a venture capital fund, an industry organization, events, and communities – all focused on EdTech. The government supports the sector through the National Education Finland Programme and projects like The Smart Learning Environments for the Future. Since Spring 2021, EdTech developers have converged in Helsinki Education Hub.
This robust ecosystem has yielded results. Finland leads the Nordic & Baltic region with 14 out of the top 50 EdTech startups, demonstrating the quality and strength of Finnish education innovations.
Helsinki’s startup ecosystem is the 4th best-emerging ecosystem in the world (according to Startup Genome).
It hosts the largest startup event in Europe, Slush, a Maria01 startup hub with over 1000 members, the largest business angel network in Europe, and numerous accelerators, incubators, and VC funds.
The Finnish startup scene is renowned for its sense of community, with Helsinki ranked number one in local connectedness. The city attracts highly skilled tech talent due to the global success of ICT companies like Nokia. The low hierarchy, startup culture, and international talent make for a dynamic and empowering startup ecosystem.
The common goal is to release Finland’s learning resources for the use of individuals and society at large, thus raising the profile of Finland as a model for flexible learning. Digivision 2030 will sharpen Finland’s competitive edge and ensure the conditions are met for future research and innovation.
Edtech companies in Helsinki
XR, Games and Simulation
Helsinki’s thriving edtech ecosystem includes a growing number of innovative companies focused on XR (Extended Reality), games, and simulation technologies for education.
Seppo is a platform for gamified mobile learning and training. Seppo works targets both corporations and educators.
Corporate users gamify recruitment, onboarding and different training programs and teambuilding activities with Seppo. Pre-configured modifiable templates make building training games easy.
Education side users build gamified mobile lessons with Seppo. Seppo is also a popular tool in libraries, museums, foundations and zoos.
Offers customised service solutions and products that enable more authentic and personalised learning through AR and VR solutions.
TypingMaster helps you learn to type fast. Learn keyboarding in a fun way. Test your wpm speed and accuracy. Play top-notch typing games
Cesim uses the latest technology to help you substantially improve the knowledge retention, business decision making and teamwork skills of your students or employees.
Helsinki is home to a growing number of edtech companies focused on workforce upskilling. These companies offer innovative solutions to help individuals acquire new skills and advance their careers in a constantly evolving job market.
Claned is a digital learning platform. It’s the only platform that includes built-in learning design elements that intuitively guide you to create better online courses.
Regardless of if it is blended or fully online learning. We support course instructors and designers to create effective courses to ensure quality learning outcomes for students.
Provides scalable conversational chatbot coaching at a fraction of the price of in-person coaches.
Modern LXP, traditional LMS, secure LRS and analytics. Everything you need in just one solution.
Valamis Learning Solution is the complete end-to-end platform to unify your learning. Their experts work with you throughout the process to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience.
Howspace is a digital facilitation platform, used to deliver powerful organizational development programs.
Every day, Howspace is used by thousands of consultants, facilitators, and organizational development professionals who are passionate to drive powerful change.
Learning Resouces and Environments
These companies are creating new ways for learners to engage with the material, from adaptive learning platforms to virtual and augmented reality tools that allow for immersive learning experiences.
Freeed is the go-to place for teachers to discover the best educational resources.
An all-in-one digital participation toolbox for youth organisations or public administrations.
Studeo is a learning platform that offers high-quality content and adaptive learning tools in one package. They have published more than 180 different courses based on the Finnish curriculum from 3rd grade to the end of high school.
Management platforms and assessment
These companies provide a range of solutions to help teachers and school administrators efficiently manage and evaluate student progress.
Frank is every student’s very own lifehack. They offer student cards and the best student benefits under one roof.
For companies, they offer the opportunity to offer students great benefits and reach them in a targeted manner.
Kindiedays digital tools and lesson plans support you to create the best learning environment for the children’s development and holistic growth. You benefit from Finnish world-leading research and best practices.
TinyApp is an app created to support child-initiated early childhood education, where the child’s strengths and interests are at the center.
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