Estimated to be worth over £6 trillion, but with less than 3% digital penetration to date, the global education market is one of the few ultra-large industries yet to undergo a serious technological transformation. This remarkable opportunity has attracted serial entrepreneurs, world-class investors and ground-breaking approaches to how learning is administered, accredited and consumed. Macro trends such as the automation of white-collar work, increasingly competitive entry-level recruitment, and the rapid growth of student numbers worldwide (~1bn by 2035), have all presented further opportunities for educational technology innovation. LinkedIn’s acquisition of Lynda – the largest in LinkedIn’s history – is a prime example of the wave of many EdTech unicorns beating their way to the fore.

We’re therefore tremendously excited to invite you to join us on Monday the 19th of June for An evening with Simon Calver: The future of learning.

Over the course of the evening you’ll hear expert market insight from sector experts, such as serial entrepreneur Ulrik Juul Christensen, from institutional investors and innovators, and from Simon Calver, one of the UK tech scene’s most respected investors.


Simon Calver is one of the best known and regarded entrepreneurs and investors on the British tech scene. His accolades include heading up LOVEFiLM from startup to its sale to Amazon for a reported £200m, turning around an ailing Mothercare plc and most recently becoming a founding partner at the BGF Ventures, a £200m fund supporting Britain’s brightest founders, part of the largest UK venture fund, BGF, which has over £2.5bn of assets under management.

As Chairman of UK Business Angels Association, Simon is a big advocate of angel investing and will be sharing his top tips in picking successful companies. Simon is very optimistic about the future of learning having recently leading a £4.5m investment into Firefly, an EdTech company.

Dr Ulrik Juul Christensen has pioneered adaptive learning, data-driven content development, simulation and debriefing technologies.

He is responsible for Area9 Group’s businesses that span from specialised tools for optimisation of business processes for large corporations over digital product design to corporate training based on intelligent, adaptive learning. In 1997 he founded Sophus Medical that was acquired by Laerdal Medical in 2002. Dr Christensen was responsible for Laerdal’s learning technologies initiatives until 2006.

Dr Christensen co-founded Area9 Group in 2006, which has been at the forefront of adaptive  and personalised learning with more than 1,500 adaptive learning products based on the Area9 technologies and millions of students using the systems every semester. Area9 Education was sold to McGraw-Hill Education in 2014. He was part of the McGraw-Hill Education Executive Leadership Team from February 2014 to 2016 where he stepped down to focus on the rapidly growing Area9 Innovation and Area9 Learning enterprises.

Event partners

London EdTech Week

A week-long celebration showcasing the Now & Next of Education Technology. We are an open and collaborative platform and welcome any member of the global EdTech community to take part in London EdTech Week by organising its own meetup, product demo, awards, networking event, panel discussion or launch party. You can visit our website here.

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The Edtech Lab is Imperial College Business School’s award-winning centre of educational technology. The team supports students on 15 face-to-face MSc programmes and two online MBA programmes via our bespoke learning management system. The Edtech Lab also created a growing suite of innovative MOOCs.