From 2021, Melbourne will host the EduTECH International Congress and Expo, the largest education technology exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, held in Sydney for the last nine years.
This announcement comes as Melbourne is rated as having the largest number of edtech companies in the recently released HolonIQ Australia and New Zealand EdTech 50 – an annual list of the most innovative edtech startups across the region.
In a keynote speech at the 2020 EduTECH International Congress and Expo on 9 and 10 November, this year, Victoria' Minister for Trade, the Hon. Martin Pakula, announced that Melbourne will host EduTECH from 2021.
EduTECH attracts delegates from around the world and across the education and training sector, including educators, edtech founders, thought leaders, investors and administrators. The event will provide a valuable platform for Victoria to showcase its thriving digital edtech ecosystem and world-class education institutions.
“Victoria has the right ingredients to kickstart Australia’s economic recovery and to play a world leading role in developing the technologies that will drive the fourth industrial revolution.” Minister for Trade, the Hon. Martin Pakula.
The announcement comes as Victorian edtech companies were well-represented in the recently released HolonIQ Australia and New Zealand EdTech 50 – an annual list that recognises the most innovative and most promising edtech companies in the region.
Melbourne has the largest share of edtech companies in the ANZ EdTech 50, which includes companies across education sectors and technology categories, including Workforce & Skills, Learning Environments and Education Management Analytics.
The ANZ EdTech 50 evaluated 750+ organisations against five criteria:
- Market: The quality and relative attractiveness of the specific market in which the company competes.
- Product: The quality and uniqueness of the product itself.
- Team: The expertise and diversity of the team.
- Capital: The financial health of the company and in particular its ability to generate or secure sufficient funding.
- Momentum: Positive changes in the size and velocity of the company over time.
About Victoria's burgeoning edtech sector
Amid growing demand for innovative education solutions, Victoria has a vibrant and thriving edtech ecosystem.
The State is home to the nation’s online education service sector with companies such as Keypath Education, Open Universities Australia and Online Education Services based in Melbourne.
The State’s edtech capabilities centre on education leadership, enhanced capabilities to deliver edtech solutions, and a strong reputation in delivering high quality international education.
The Victorian Government will continue to support the sector and further position the State as a global leader in edtech and innovative education solutions to support learners around Australia and the world.