“EduStartup 20+” Goes Global: Game-based EdTech Startups Report International Success during COVID-19 Pandemic

OutReach – 10 December 2021 – In
2021, the keyword for startups around the world is education technology, or “EdTech”.
This new sector is full of potential. “EduStartup 20+”, a collaboration between
the National Development Council (NDC) and CommonWealth Education
Media and Publishing, is working closely with promising Taiwanese online
learning startups, such as AmazingTalker, Hahow, VoiceTube, and Snapask—but that’s
not all. Game-based EdTech startups are bucking the trend and delivering
astounding results worldwide.

Game-based EdTech
startups are bucking the trend and delivering astounding results worldwide.(Source: Qbi)

The EdTech startup MEandMine, which integrates the concepts
of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and STEAM education, began working with the
ecommerce giant Amazon in the third quarter of this year. It has completed an
initial seed round of financing led by Wistron, collecting NT$60 million in
investments. In the two years since it has gone public, the estimated value of
the company has surpassed NT$200 million. In the future, MEandMine will
continue to roll out picture books and game boxes that will help children learn
through explorative experiences. The hands-on play experiences designed by MEandMine
can help children learn more about themselves, discover their emotional
strength, and inspire them to develop inner resilience.

Another startup that specializes in STEAM educational toys
is Qbi, which manufactures magnetic blocks that are proudly “MIT”, made in
Taiwan. Qbi has also had a stellar year: its annual revenue grew by 400%, with
a total of 20,000 units sold worldwide. At the end of 2020, Qbi launched its
second generation of products and generated a lot of buzz in Taiwan and Japan
through its crowdfunding efforts. Qbi is not only famous in Asia; it has
successfully entered the European and U.S. markets, with parents from
Switzerland to the United States buying Qbi toys for their children. Qbi will
continue to expand its global operations. In 2022, it plans to concentrate on
marketing in Southeast Asia, so more families can learn about the exciting
educational toy brand from Taiwan.

Shepherd Kit, Inc. is a Taiwanese team that designs original
tabletop board games; its products are even sold in the British Museum. Last
year, it established a new company called Real Engine, which focuses on producing
a board game development system for designers who want to create their own
intellectual properties. Recently, CommonWealth Education Media and Publishing
became its official distributor. It is anticipated that this EdTech startup
will continue to produce innovative board games and services.

The NDC has spared no effort to establish Taiwan’s national
startup brand, “Startup Island Taiwan”. By supporting and promoting Taiwanese
EdTech startups on the world stage, the NDC hopes that the international
community will benefit from Taiwan’s creative energy for many years to come.


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