In search of the best
EdTech startups  in the world

We want to identify the best entrepreneurial initiatives in education, innovation and technology.

The enlightED Awards are accolades granted for the third consecutive year within the framework of enlightED, that seek to identify and promote the best entrepreneurial ideas from around the world in education, innovation and EdTech, due to their spirit of innovation, high impact and scalability.

Organised by Fundación Telefónica, IE University, Fundación Santillana and South Summit, enlightED Awards are global awards, the winners of which will be announced during the third edition of enlightED, 19 to 23 October 2020.

Closed process.
Thanks to the 458 registered startups!
We will announce the finalists soon.

Learn about the five categories awarded:

Best startup in
higher education


Startup with the best technological solution for learning and training

Startup with the greatest social impact in education


Startup with the greatest scalability


Startup with the best solution during the COVID-19 pandemic




From among the participants, 10 startups will be selected that will have global visibility at enlightED 2020 and will compete for first place. They will also compete to be the grand prize winner of the South Summit 2020 Startup Competition.

During the event, the pitch of each selected startup, as well as the evaluation and monitoring of the jury, will be in online format.

The winning projects will have access to the EdTech startup IE Rockets accelerator, to the entire South Summit investment ecosystem, as well as to one to one networking sessions with any investors and corporations that request them.

In 2019, 580 nominations from 73 different countries were submitted.



The ten winning startups in 2019: