Renewed collaboration between startups and educational institutions

On 12 September, participants from the startups and educational institutions came together to kick off the second edition of the programme. Five educational institutions and startups will collaborate on an EdTech challenge for six months.


25 September 2023 3 min

The EdTech pilot hub aims to develop improved and new forms of collaboration between educational institutions and EdTech companies. They do this, among other things, with the Startup in Residence EdTech programme.


Collaborating on EdTech solutions

Startup in Residence EdTech is a programme for educational institutions that want to collaborate with innovative organisations on challenges within education, where educational technology offers a potential solution. The programme promotes demand-driven work and co-creation. In addition, the goal is to invest with institutions in startups with the best innovative ideas, so that their prototypes can be developed into successful products that improve education.


In this edition of Startup in Residence, five challenges have been formulated – from one university and four universities of applied sciences. The challenges are as follows:

Workflow for education – University of Groningen
University of Groningen wants a generic workflow solution, integrated with the learning environment, to streamline non-standard educational processes involving internships, laboratory teaching, theses, and practical assignments.

VR Stressgame – University of applied sciences Rotterdam
The challenge is to create a high-quality, cost-effective Virtual Reality (VR) solution for training students in soft skills such as communication, cooperation, decision-making, adaptability, and leadership within a team, particularly in stressful and unexpected situations.

Retention of knowledge in progress tests – University of applied sciences Utrecht
The goal of this challenge is to create an engaging app-based solution that motivates students in para-medical programs to acquire, retain, and expand their general professional knowledge. This solution should incorporate case-based learning with gamification elements, adapt difficulty levels to individual student progress, and track their development over their academic career. The goal is to promote continuous professional development and ensure students are well-equipped for success in their field.

Smart assessment planning – University of applied sciences Utrecht
Datamonqs is going to develop an efficient solution for planning and organizing assessment interviews initiated by students, involving multiple parties and resources like teachers, work field assessors, and room bookings. This system should address issues of student dissatisfaction, teacher stress, and hindrances to improving the flexibility and personalization of the educational program at the University of applied sciences Utrecht.

Multidisciplinary teams – University of applied sciences Arnhem & Nijmegen
The challenge is to bridge the gap between students with entrepreneurial ideas and the knowledge, expertise, and networks required to turn those ideas into successful ventures.


Want to know more?

The Startup in Residence programme runs for about six months. In March, the Demo Day takes place where the startups present their EdTech solution. Keep an eye on our calendar. Do you want to know more about Startup in Residence EdTech? Take a look here. Do you want to get in touch with the Startup in Residence team or the EdTech pilot hub? Send an email to

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