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๐Ÿ”ฎ Simulated Learning; Nordic-Baltic EdTech 50 + Summits

Simulated and immersive learning technologies are gaining traction, showing promise for a new era of engaging education. Don't miss out - Join HolonIQ at upcoming events in London, Paris and New York.

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Immersive and simulated learning is moving mainstream, attracting investments and spurring adoption. The technology is finding a foothold in workforce training environments, K12 to career pathways programs, and university settings. Explore 50 of the Nordic-Baltic region's most promising EdTech startups and join HolonIQ in ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง London for EdTech Week, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Paris for the Future of Higher Education Summit, and ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ New York City for the Back to School Summit.

This Week's Topics

๐Ÿ”ฎ Simulated Learning. Exploring simulated and immersive learning solutions
๐Ÿ“Š Chart Spotlight. 11% projected increase in STEM jobs by 2032 
๐ŸŒ 2024 Global Student Flows: US Outlook. Watch our latest webinar & download the US student flows report
๐Ÿ† Nordic Baltic 50. The most promising EdTech startups in the region
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง London EdTech Week. Join HolonIQ at the Awards Gala and Dinner
๐Ÿ’ฌ HolonIQ Summits. Deep dive into HE futures, new models & more at our upcoming summits in Paris and New York
๐Ÿ’ฐ Education Deals of the Week. Funding and M&A

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๐Ÿ”ฎ Simulated Learning Landscape

Simulated and immersive learning in workforce and career development continues to gain momentum, with recent investments into companies like PlanetSpark ($17M), Elice ($14.5M), and Oxford Medical Simulation ($12.6M), alongside Medical XR platforms Innerspace ($6.2M) and Immerse ($5M). This funding is driving product launches and adoption across educational settings and sectors.

Immersive learning is moving mainstream, especially in career and science skills development. It's finding a foothold in workforce training environments, K12 to career pathways programs, and university settings, reflecting recent developments. For instance, St. Vrain Valley Schools partnered with Avantis Education to integrate immersive learning into classrooms, while Labsterโ€™s collaboration with OpenStax is improving access to immersive science education with virtual labs. Even medical training is evolving, with The National Board of Medical Examinersโ€™ acquisition of MedVR signaling a shift towards simulation-based skill development and assessment. As these technologies mature and gain traction, expect greater adoption and more diverse applications across the industry. HolonIQโ€™s Simulated Learning market map offers valuable insights into this dynamic space.

๐Ÿ”ฎ Simulated Learning - Market Map

Source: HolonIQ

๐Ÿ“Š Charts Spotlight - 11% projected increase in STEM jobs by 2032  

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STEM occupations in the US are projected to increase by 10.8% between 2022 and 2032, outpacing the 2.3% growth expected for non-STEM jobs. This uptick is fueled by the digital transformation sweeping across industries, creating a growing demand for STEM professionals in computer science, software development, and information security. The increasing reliance on technology simultaneously exposes these fields to vulnerabilities from cyberattacks and data breaches. Information security analysts are expected to see their ranks swell by 31% from 2022 to 2032, with nearly 600,000 cybersecurity positions currently vacant.

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) presents exciting new career opportunities, highlighting the critical need for upskilling to stay adaptable. While AI promises incredible potential, there are concerns about its impact on critical thinking skills, essential for success in STEM. To address these evolving needs, revisions to STEM education could emphasize the importance of lifelong learning, fostering a growth mindset among students to adapt seamlessly to the ever-changing technological landscape.

๐Ÿซ 2024 Global Student Flows: US Outlook

Expect the United States to attract nearly 1.5M international students by 2030, retaining a strong hold on its position as the top study destination globally. With a coordinated national strategy, the U.S. has upside potential for an additional 300K students. However, capacity constraints and the potential for a change in visa policy cast a shadow over what should represent nearly $100B in direct economic benefit for the United States at the turn of the decade. Download the 2024 Global Student Flows: US Outlook report for more insights, or catch HolonIQ's recent webinar.

๐Ÿ† Nordic Baltic EdTech 50

Each year, HolonIQ identifies the 1000 most promising EdTech startups globally. Region by region, we build a picture of each market and how technology is used in education, from PreK to Lifelong Upskilling. This week, revisit the 50 most promising EdTech startups in the Nordic and Baltic regions.

The impact of these organizations is becoming evident, with several Nordic local governments adopting solutions developed by these innovators. For example, Icelandic municipalities, including Reykjavik and Akranes, implemented the Bara Tala app for foreign staff language training in preschools. In Finland, Upplands Vรคsby Municipality partnered with the Meitner School Platform. These adoptions reflect a broader shift towards hybrid and tech-enabled education in K12, one of the 5 strategic shifts in education identified by HolonIQ.

๐ŸŽ“ London EdTech Week, 17-21 June

HolonIQ will be in town for ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง London EdTech Week! ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Join us at the Gala Dinner on 18th June, where EdTech startups from all over the world will be recognized as the companies making a substantial impact on the digitization of education, training, and work. Use the code HOLONIQ30 for a 30% Discount. Register Here.

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Higher Education Summit - Paris 27 June

On June 27, Paris will transform into a hub of educational innovation as we gather for HolonIQ's Future of Higher Education and Workforce Summit. Join over 100 thought leaders as we delve into new credentials, hybrid learning models, technology infrastructure of tomorrow's universities, engaging faculty in digital learning, higher education's role in the new skills economy, and much more! Join us at the NEOMA Business School campus and connect with experts from INSEAD, Forward College UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, University College Dublin, Skilled Education Audencia, University of Twente, IESE Business School, Instructure Digital Learning Institute, CY Cergy Paris Universitรฉ, ETS, UCL, IE University, Unthinkable Digital and more. Join us!

Places are limited to 100. See Agenda & Speakers, Register now.

๐ŸŽ Back to School Summit 10-11 Sept NYC

Registration for our flagship Back to School Summit in New York on September 10โ€“11 is now open. This year, we're bringing over 500 global education leaders together for three incredible tracks: Higher Education and Workforce, Foundation and Philanthropy, and Technology and Finance.

๐Ÿ“– 2024 Global Education Outlook

HolonIQ's annual analysis of the global education economy offers over 180 pages of in-depth insights on market data, investments, strategic shifts, and trends in education. Download the extract or purchase the full report.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Education Deals of the Week

HolonIQ actively monitors and tracks capital flow in the Education market, spanning all regions and transaction categories. Subscribe to our Daily Capital Markets newsletter to see the top deals daily.


๐Ÿ’ธ Bcas, a Spanish education finance company, secured $18.4M, in a venture funding round. The funding will support the expansion in the Spanish and European markets.

๐Ÿซ EdTech startup Odyssey raised $10M in Series A Round Led by Tusk Venture Partners. Odyssey connects families with state agencies and educational vendors that provide funding for school tuition, tutors, software and curriculum.

๐Ÿ“š Doowii, a company providing data management for education, secured $4.1M
in a seed funding to Advance AI-Driven Data Analytics for Educators.

๐ŸŒ™ Aanaab, an E-learning platform for Arabic teachers, received an investment from Rethink Education to expand its operations in the Middle East.


๐ŸŽ’ Cloud-based K12 software provider Powerschool to be acquired by Bain Capital in a take-private deal valuing the company at $5.6B.

๐ŸŽ“ QS, the higher education and career information provider, acquired Global Study, a student relationship management platform, to expand operations in China with additional capacity and expertise.

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