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FOTE14 Pitchfest Shortlist

We had some great responses to our first ever start-up pitchfest and are very excited to share with you the names of the 10 that made the shortlist. Each start-up will have 3min to pitch to our audience, before being grilled – Dragons’ Den Style – by our two judges, Maren Deeepwell, Chief Executive of ALT and Nicola Yeeles, representing our Media Sponsor, Education Technology.

Once all 10 pitches have been delivered, we will let the audience (at the venue and remote attendees) vote for a winner and runner-up.

We are looking forward to the elevator pitches and can not wait to find out who of the 10 will be the audience favourite.


Dr Maren Deepwell (BA, MA, PhD) is the Association for Learning Technology (ALT)’s Chief Executive. ALT is the UK’s leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. Maren’s work is focused on working with the ALT community, researchers, practitioners and policy makers and to provide overall leadership for the Association. She works to develop ALT’s understanding of the community and ensures that ALT’s work aligns with the demands of the rapidly developing learning landscape.

Follow Maren on Twitter: @MarenDeepwell

NEW_Nicola Yeeles 2Nicola Yeeles is a trained journalist specialising in education, writing regularly for magazines like Education Technology and University Business, as well as on cutting edge topics for organisations such as the education technology charity Jisc and the international research consortium the Knowledge Exchange.

Nicola has an MA in English from UCL, and a degree in the same subject from the University of Bristol. In a previous life, she taught English abroad; memorable students include a Portuguese nun and Chinese two year olds. She is passionate about lifelong learning and has enjoyed online courses as diverse as the history of rock music and digital storytelling.

Education Technology can be found online at and in bi-monthly printed and interactive digital editions.

Nicola tweets from @nyeeles and her online home is

posted by Frank Steiner on September 25, 2014

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