Innovative TECH in Nordic Edtech
Many different factors go into a company’s “success equation,” as shown clearly in the Business Model Canvas of Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur (in Business Model Generation-- http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/downloads/businessmodelgeneration_preview.pdf]. But even if technology is only one of many key factors, it is often a key enabler of success—as has been seen for many years in both the Nordics and in Silicon Valley. And the Nordics often point to being “early adopters” of technology, having strong tech infrastructure (including better high-speed Internet access, and perhaps at lower cost, than many other countries), and thus can be an excellent “test beds” for emerging technology. Will we see this play out in EdTech? If so, in what areas of technology may Nordic EdTech players stand out and lead the world in the future, perhaps in combination with innovative business models? What have we seen since the emergence of Nordic EdTech? I recently interviewed Jari Multisilta, a co-founder of DiSEL21 (a podcast of my interview with Jari is here), and he feels that part of their company will come from the combination of technology and strong pedagogy. What are you seeing and/or expecting to be future and unique strengths of Nordic EdTech companies?