Ideas for the Future: E-learning Start-ups at LEARNTEC

At LEARNTEC 2019, 24 start-ups will present approaches with which they intend to simplify, improve or even revolutionize learning. A visit to these start-ups is especially worthwhile because the entrepreneurs present their ideas in start-up pitches, some of which are based on the entertaining PechaKucha principle.

Germany needs innovative educational ideas and innovators need support: young entrepreneurs who bring their start-ups to LEARNTEC can present their ideas to a large and international audience in a designated start-up area and can talk about their innovative developments with visitors at the start-ups’ own stands.

LEARNTEC offers the optimal stage for this – and does so in the literal sense of the word “stage” – because the visionary founders introduce their learning solutions on an actual stage, where they prominently and visibly present their start-up pitches. Among other features, some of these presentations utilize the entertaining “PechaKucha” technique, which was invented in Japan and is sometimes spelled “Petscha-Kutscha” in German-speaking countries. Each lecture is accompanied by twenty relevant pictures or slides, each of which is shown for twenty seconds. This structure rigorously limits the speaking time to slightly less than seven minutes – and simultaneously assures an exceedingly concise presentation. Afterwards a jury selects the day’s winning presenter. But even without winning a victory, participation is always a winning situation, because after their presentations, the speakers learn which aspects they could further improve. This boosts their chances in the “acid test”, i.e. when they pitch their start-ups to potential investors.

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