BusinessCloud can reveal its EdTech 50 innovation ranking for 2023.

Readers of the online technology publication and an independent judging panel have together decided the 50 companies blazing a technology trail in the education sector.

The EdTech 50   supported by digital transformation experts Sputnik Digital celebrates businesses of all sizes creating original tech for education and workplace development.

London-based Auris Tech, the company behind Fonetti – an AI-enabled interactive reading practice platform – again tops the ranking for this year. The Fonetti app listens to children as they read aloud. It encourages them by turning the words green – in real-time – when they get them right, and greying them out when the word is spoken incorrectly or missed.

In second spot is new entry Atom Learning, also based in London, which aims to level the playing field for students aged 7-11. Atom Learning offers a host of products to help parents and educators improve student attainment, including school learning platform Atom Prime and flagship product Atom Nucleus, used for at-home learning.

Tapestry, an online learning journal from the Foundation Stage Forum for children’s education, is third. Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Tapestry subscribers have access to a wide variety of features, designed to reduce workload and assist the development of each setting and school’s provision.

Zzish and 5Mins, both based in the capital, round out the top five.

London’s GoodCourse, a TikTok-style micro-learning company ‘built to win the fight for attention’, is seventh. Near-Life (Bolton), an easy-to-use platform that lets anyone – including educators, learning professionals and other content creators – make interactive video, VR and gamified content easily, also makes the top 10.

Another company to feature is Birmingham’s Oxbridge, an industry-leading online college which empowers anyone, anywhere to better themselves by gaining real-world, job-ready qualifications.

The ranking in full:

EdTech 50 – UK’s most innovative education tech creators for 2023

BusinessCloud called on its readers to vote for companies from the 99-strong shortlist which they feel rank highly for innovation, potential impact, and accessibility & inclusion – and saw around 1,000 votes pour in.

A combination of these votes and choices from an independent judging panel determined the top 50. 

The judging panel was comprised of:  

• Vikki Liogier, national head of EdTech and digital skills, Education and Training Foundation

• Prof Dr Ger Graus OBE, global education advisor & member of Bett’s Global Education Council

• Rachel Vecht, founder, Educating Matters

• Jonathan Symcox, editor, BusinessCloud