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The Edtech Startup Festival agenda is live - register now!

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Details for the Brighteye Edtech Startup Festival are live! Check out the full line-up and register now to join your selected session(s) on Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 September 2023.

The Festival is returning this September, with 3 days of conversations and insights by and for builders and operators in the Edtech startup world. Focused on practicality and application, we aim to make the events as useful as possible for the community. In 6 digital sessions, we are bringing together leading C-suite Edtech operators to answer your questions and provide their best advice on a host of transferable challenges that you'll encounter as you build your business.


Tue 5th September

10-11am (BST)

Session 1: PRODUCT

How to integrate AI into your Edtech product

Making sure it really adds value to the learner.


Kirsten Campbell-Howes Chief Learning Officer @ Busuu

Jono Hey CPO @ Zen Educate

Arnd Aschentrup CEO @ Tandem


Ben Wirz Founding Partner @ Brighteye


3-4pm (BST)

Session 2: IMPACT

How to use impact in customer acquisition

The importance of defining and measuring impact KPIs from day 1, and how an impact identity directly can have a positive effect on growth.


Professor Natalia Kucirkova WiKIT and University of Stavanger

Alyssa Van Camp Head of Impact @ TeachFX

Adrià Baqués Garcia Head of Operations @ Ironhack


Rhys Spence Head of Research @ Brighteye



Wed 6th September

10-11am (BST)

Session 1: PEOPLE

What to think about when building out the company engineering function

You have raised funds to grow - how do you scale the team, sourcing, hiring and onboarding the key talent?


Jessica Djeziri CEO @ Bloomays (former Head of People @ Ornikar)

Roxana Dobrescu Chief People Officer @ commercetools (formerly of Labster)

Andrew Maddox COO @ Komi


Hywel Carver CEO and Co-Founder @ Skiller Whale


3-4pm (BST)

Session 2: MARKETING

How to manage CAC by blending owned and paid marketing channels

Exploring the balance between organic growth and paid performance marketing in customer acquisition cost, and how to truly understand what motivates prospective users to convert to paying customers.


Sophia Ahrel Fractional CMO @ Albion, Gradient, FPE Capital ++

Daphne Deiktaki Head of Marketing @ Hack the Box

Ranbir Arora Co-Founder @ Oneday


David Guérin Principal @ Brighteye



Thu 7th September

10-11am (BST)

Session 1: EXITS

How to do a successful Edtech exit

Hear from Founders that successfully executed Edtech exit deals.


Simon Hay CEO & Co-Founder @ Firefly

Bernhard Niesner Co-Founder and former CEO @ Busuu

James Local Managing Director @ Houlihan Lokey


Anna Grotberg Partner @ EY-Parthenon Strategy


3-4pm (BST)

Session 2: FINANCE

Finance department in early-stage companies

In this session we’ll run through some finance basics to keep in mind at the early stages of building your Edtech startup, including:

  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

  • Runway

  • Pre in-house finance function

  • Internal controls

Presentation and AMA by:

Mattheus Dias Head of Finance @ Brighteye


Register now!

Last year's event attracted 700+ sign-ups and featured 50+ Edtech experts. Make sure not to miss out on any of the 2023 action by signing up for the session(s) most relevant to you here:


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