By Eilif Trondsen, Ph.D., Project Leader, Nordic EdTech Network project, Silicon Vikings
One of the activities of the Nordic EdTech Network (NEN) project (for a description of the project and information on the project team, see About the Project, or see this post on Silicon Vikings blog is to identify edtech companies in each of the five Nordic countries. Although the project was only made official in June, when the contract from Nordic Innovation was signed, we have spent some months during the Spring to collect data and have been sifting through our preliminary lists. These lists were compiled from a variety of sources—including using some new and innovative business intelligence tools, such as Funderbeam of Estonia (for a discussion of this discovery process, see this Silicon Vikings blog post), as well as from EduCluster Finland’s and Finnish government agencies promoting Finnish education-related exports (see Box on Finnish ELT-Focused Initiatives and Organizations below). We are now close to finishing this early work and will soon post new, revised lists on our Resources page of our website. This blog post will describe some of our findings during this data collection process, as well as some issues and questions that arose during this work, and make some reflections and observations about the current, evolving Nordic Edtech landscape.