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HundrED names 100 top K-12 innovators

Finnish nonprofit education organisation has identified 100 of the “brightest and [most] inspiring innovations” in K12 education available for free globally, in its third instalment of the HundrED Global Collection.

The organisation researched more than 3,000 innovations for the 2019 instalment. Photo: HundrED

On average providers are present in over 10 countries

Emphasising providers that are innovative, impactful and scalable, the list ranges from a Norwegian game-based learning platform with 13,000,000 users in 248 countries to a program for girls aged 13-19 – currently providing for 42 users in Kenya.

“Just recognising these incredible innovations is not enough, we also need to help them spread”

With 100 ambassadors in 70 countries researching more than 3,000 innovations, the organisations has sought to find the “hidden gems” of global education.

“It’s remarkable that the third biggest investment source for education innovations is self-funding,” HundrED’s executive director & co-founder Lasse Leponiemi said.

“The innovators highlighted in our HundrED 2020 collection are so passionate about the future of education that they are willing to pay for their own efforts.”

Every continent is represented in this year’s cohort, and on average providers are present in over 10 countries.

“While we are very proud of the work we are doing, just recognising these incredible innovations is not enough, we also need to help them spread,” Saku Tuominen chairman & creative director of HundrED said.

“If we are going to give every child access to the best possible innovations by 2030, we need to help bring our innovators, funders, educators and children to the same decision-making table.”

HundrED also released its first global Education Funders Collection in 2019, aiming to highlight for-profit and not-for-profit organisations who are investing in K12 education initiatives and “demonstrate a shared passion for helping children flourish in today’s world”.

“We hope the first-ever Education Funders Collection will encourage more venture capital, grant-giving and donations to provide opportunities for these inspiring global innovations to scale up and positively impact even more students and teachers around the world,” Leponiemi added.

The full list of the Global Collection can be found here.

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