25 -28 JANUARY 2017

Worldwide partner


Knowledge partner


Bett Futures 2016

Bett Futures

Futures made its debut in 2015 as the new, purpose built home (for four days) of the world's most inspiring ed-tech start-ups, right in with the action on the Bett show floor. The area has been introduced to celebrate and promote brave thinking, new products and education 'game changers'.

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Designed as a unique, three-year progression programme, Futures allows developing start-up companies to benefit from all that Bett has to offer. It offers heavily subsidised exhibition rates, extensive marketing resources and bespoke social media campaigns, all targeted to the needs of ed-tech start-ups at two significant points in their development: discovery and scale.

The inaugural Bett Futures cohort was made up of 30 start-ups, who were selected by a panel 
of education experts based on the relevance of their solutions to today’s classroom challenges. The cohort showcased the most innovative developments in ed-tech from teacher-parent communication tools , to 3D printing, to language learning and adaptive maths apps. Find out more about our 2015 cohort and what they have to say about the experience here.

For 2016 we are returning with a bigger and better Futures initiative. The 2016 cohort will be a combination of returning Futures exhibitors who will progress to stage two of the programme, and new start-up companies that will join the Bett show floor for the first time. Futures exhibitors will benefit from:

• Highly reduced cost stand space (choice of 2 packages based on market status) 
• Extensive marketing resources including digital and social media promotion 
• Speaking opportunities on the Futures stage

Deadline for application is Friday 18th September 2015. Download the Futures Fact

In collaboration with:                                                 Powered by:

The Education Foundation                                  Excel London


Supported by:

Learn Capital       mint class logoclass chartseducateredu

Apply here and don't miss your chance

The Judging Process

Our panel of edtech experts consists of teachers, entrepreneurs and industry experts. They are searching for the most innovative and relevant ideas that truly meet the challenges facing today’s educational institutions. Selection will be determined by, but not restricted to, the following criteria:

•    Relevance of idea in today’s classroom 
•    Variety of ideas represented in “Bett Innovate” 
•    Years in existence 
•    Market status (discovery, scale etc.) 
•    Turnover 
•    Number of staff

Meet the 2016 Judging Panel


Matt Britland

Director of ICT, The Lady Eleanor Holles School


Angela McFarlane

Chief Executive and Registrar at The College of Teachers UK


Sam Chaudhary

Founder, Class Dojo


Ian Fordham

Co-Founder, The Education Foundation


Caroline Wright

Director, BESA


Ty Goddard

Co-Founder, The Education Foundation


Mark Anderson 

Director of e-learning and Assistant Head Teacher, Sir Bernard Lovell School


Renaud Visage

Co-Founder and CTO, Eventbrite


Kate Broadribb 

Senior Leader of Learning, Wildern High School


Rachel Jones

e-Learning coordinator, King Edward School


James Sutherland

Director, The Publishing Foundry


Rebecca Jones

Online Editor, Business Matters Magazine


Professor Stephen Heppell

Chair, Educational Technology Action Group


Ashraf Merchant

Head of Business Development for Education, Fujitsu


Michael Staton

Partner, Learn Capital



Stephen Parkes

CEO, Go Enrol

Summer Turner

Summer  Turner

Head of Faculty, East London Science School

Ross Morrison

Ross Morrison

Deputy headteacher, Teachertoolkit


Richard Dennys

leads the Digital Business Academy, TechCity UK



Futures area dedicated to

  • Interactive teacher-led product development sessions.
  • Innovation showcases
  • Learn Live sessions with a direct focus on teaching and learning
  • Inspirational speakers from some of the biggest success stories in the world of ed-tech
  • Presentations and discussions from educators

Top themes for Futures

  • Creating the next generation of entrepreneurs
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Augmented Reality 
  • E-safety 
  • Creating the Best Computer Science Curriculum 
  • Social media as an effective educational tool

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