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XcitED 2020

Get Excited About the Future of Education

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3 November 2020, 17:00-22:00 EET

17:00-17:10 Opening


Ian Chiu, Managing Director at Owl Ventures

​​​​​17:10-18:00 GESAwards Nordic&Baltic Semifinal

Listen to the pitches of the TOP 8 Nordic&Baltic edtech startups! The winner of the regional Semifinal will earn a spot at the Global Final.

Semifinal is hosted by Jonathan Viner, Editor at Nordic EdTech News and Founder at 10Digits AB.

Semifinal jury:

18:00-18:10 Break

18:10-19:10 Keynotes

Three inspiring speakers will talk about the future of education!

  • Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education at Microsoft

  • "Curriculum for the future" by Perttu Pölönen, Futurist, Inventor and EdTech Entrepreneur

  • "EdTech trends after Pandemic" by Maria Spies, Co-CEO of HolonIQ

19:10-19:40 Announcements

  • xEdu Announcement

  • "The Future of Hybrid Learning is made in Helsinki" by Marja-Liisa Niinikoski, CEO at Helsinki Business Hub

  • NewCo Helsinki Announcement

  • GESAwards Semifinal Winner Announcement and Closing by Former President of Finland Tarja Halonen who will share with us words of inspiration about lifelong learning and the future of education

20:00-22:00 XcitED Dinner goes virtual!

The famous XcitED Dinner goes virtual! The best place for networking with other edtech-heads like you. Grab a meal and join us for an exciting and fun networking session.


​​4 November 2020, 16:30-20:30 EET

16:30-17:00 The answer is Finland. Public support for edtech startups in Finland.

  • "Education Finland - supporting the best education providers in their growth on the international market." by Jouni Kangasniemi, Programme Director at Education Finland

  • "Helsinki Business Hub - Investor Services. Deal flow of edtech and other startups from Finland." by Jukka Jokinen, Senior Venture Advisor at Helsinki Business Hub

17:00-19:00 Meet the EdTech investors! (for edtech startups only)

Edtech startup's best friend is an investor who understands the education industry. Join us for group sessions with the most active edtech investors from around the world! You can choose to meet up to six investors for 20-minute Q&A sessions.

20:00-20:30 Closing Keynote!

"The Dawn of the Age of Digital Learning—Moving From B.C. to A.D. (’Before Coronavirus, After Disease’)" by Michael Moe, Founder and CEO of GSV

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