Lessons Learned From the First Edtech Startup Competition in the Arab World


Governments across the Arab world have been struggling to provide quality education to serve a growing population of students. The stagnation in learning outcomes across the public education system is coupled with weak interest and support for education entrepreneurs across the region.

The Queen Rania Foundation launched an award for education entrepreneurs in 2018. The competition the opportunity to dig deeper into the nascent ecosystem and come back with 3 key lessons:

1: Help startups design for impact.

2: There are abundant opportunities for innovation.

3: The presence of highly centralized school systems might lead to further inequity.


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