The Edtech Launchpad Student Ideas is a platform for students in higher and further education, including sixth forms, to garner support for their ideas about how technology can improve education, research and student life.

Ideas with sufficient support will be shortlisted for Jisc's Student Ideas Competition and 15 of those teams will be selected to receive £2,000 from Jisc to attend a design sprint and develop a prototype design of their idea.

What kinds of support?

Ideas submitted to this platform can receive two kinds of support: through crowdfunding or through voting. Ideas with high numbers of supporters will be shortlisted as part of Jisc’s Student Ideas Competition.

What if people can’t give money?

That’s ok! To be shortlisted for the competition, you only need to show you have enough people rooting for you. To make sure everyone’s voice is heard regardless of financial ability, the selection panel will not take into account the amount of money you have raised – only the number of those who have pledged to sponsor to your project or have voted for it.

How can people vote?

In addition to sponsorship pledges, each project page has a ‘Follow’ or ‘Become a helper’ button. The selection panel will tally the total number of followers and helpers as well as sponsors in deciding the shortlist.

What is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is sponsorship by a crowd of many donors, each making an individual, small donation towards your funding goal. These donors can be your friends, family, alumni of the same institution or complete strangers who would like to see your idea brought to life.

Are ideas reviewed

We review all projects for suitability, judging them on the quality of the presentation of the projects, their goals, and the level of organisation and commitment demonstrated by the teams behind them.

If you support a project, you will can receive updates about it. You can also interact directly with the team behind the project by leaving a comment on the project, or sending them a message.

How Do I Create a Project?

Simply login and enter a few key details: a video pitch, a description of what you want to do, a funding target. We offer advice, tips, and feedback all along the way.

Are there any fees?

Jisc covers the costs of the platform so you only pay payment processing fees with PayPal or Stripe.

What happens if I reach my goal?

After the end of the competition period, you will receive the funds pledged by your sponsors even if you don’t end up going to the design sprint. It will be up to you to demonstrate that you are spending them towards realizing the project – we recommend spelling out how you will do it clearly in the project description!