Guidance and support for start-ups in the education sector.


2pm - 3:30pm


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Guidance and support for start-ups in the education sector.


Are you new to the sector or looking to engage more with organisations and networks that can offer you and your company a range of information, guidance and support? Join us during this panel to hear how you can make the most of the eco-system, join networks and meet peers. This session is specific to start-ups.


The Speakers

Carole Morgan - Business Growth Manager, London and Partners

Carole helps London-based start-ups to grow. As one of three Business Growth Managers on the Business Growth Programme - one of London's top accelerator programmes according to Beauhurst - Carole works with a portfolio of 25 companies every three months and has supported over 300 companies since the programme launched in June 2017. In the summer of 2018, Carole’s focus shifted to working with companies in the Education, Edtech and Life Long Learning sectors as part of a focus of Innovation, Life Sciences and Urban.


Remi Toyobo - Head of Sales, Bett

Remi is Head of Sales for Bett UK, the world’s largest education show. For over 38 years it has been there to connect the global EdTech and resources industry with educators, institutions and governments looking to innovate to improve learning outcomes. Remi is responsible for introducing new companies to Bett and has helped develop the start-up region and offering to assistance to EdTech companies with their growth in this sector.


Nina Iles - Head of EdTech, BESA

Nina is a consultant operating in the EdTech sector. Nina works with BESA’s Director General Caroline Wright and Deputy Director General Julia Garvey on the development and delivery of the trade association’s EdTech strategy, ensuring that the EdTech companies in full membership, as well as those who subscribe to its Launchpad service, benefit in full from all that BESA has to offer them.

Nina has devoted the past 13 years of her life to the education sector and has a passion for people, meaningful communication and, of course, educational technology. Prior to working in the EdTech sector, Nina spent over eight years at TES Global, publishers of the TES and Times Higher Education and host to the largest network of teachers in the world. 


Dr Anissa Moeini - EdTech Entrepreneur

Dr Anissa Moeini recently completed her PhD at the UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education. With a background in tech entrepreneurship, Anissa identified the need to build research capacity in EdTech enterprises that is both agile to their pace of change and also adaptable to the rhythm of SMEs. Through her doctoral research, she developed the Evidence-informed Learning Technology Enterprise Framework (ELTE) as a practical tool for EdTech companies and other non-academic stakeholders (investors, policymakers and education practitioners) to both evaluate the efficacy of EdTech enterprises (i.e. their products and services) and to build capacity to be evidence-informed.

Anissa completed her MA at Teachers College, Columbia University in NY, USA and her iBBA at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. Anissa is on Twitter @AnissaMoeini


Barbara Lotierzo - DIT Head of Education to Latin America and the Caribbean

Barbara's role includes leading the regional education efforts to increase awareness on the UK offer, identify demands and coordinate joint work and activities in the region. Barbara is based in Brazil, where she also leads the team to identify and pursue opportunities in the market. Her remit includes promoting UK expertise in English Language Training, Higher Education, Education Technology and Technical and Vocational Education Training.

Barbara also has experience in account management, government relations, public and third sector and promoting engagement with higher education institutions internationally. Barbara holds a degree in International Relations and specialisations in Marketing Strategy and Project Management.


Manish Miglani - Investment Director, Nesta Investment Management LLP

Manish is an Investment Director at Nesta Impact Investments, where he leads Education and Healthcare investments and also works on the fund’s investments across sectors. He is currently involved with the Empiribox, Sumdog and Q Doctor investments and has also successfully led portfolio exits such as Futuregov, BeApplied, Digital Assess, and Synopsis Healthcare.

Manish has been involved in venture capital and private equity since 2005, both as an investor and a consultant. Prior to Nesta, Manish was at Sovereign Capital, with a key focus on Education through investments such as WCL and Lifetime Training. Prior to that, Manish was a strategy consultant at Accenture and a marketing manager at Colgate Palmolive.

Manish holds an MBA from London Business School, a Masters in Management from the Indian Institute of Management and a BSc Honours in Electronics from the University of Delhi.




Flexible Ticket Options

We have a range of ticket options so you can join the conference in a way to suit your time and budget. Tickets are available per session (£20), 4 sessions for the price of 3 (£60) and all sessions (£75). All sessions will be recorded so if you can't make it don't worry, you can watch them at a time that suits you.


For more information about the SME Conference Series, please visit our webpage here


Thursday 4 March - 9.30am-11.00am: The Impact of Covid-19 on Industry

Friday 5 March - 11.00am-12.30pm: Re-entering the Market - What Schools Need Now and Upcoming Opportunities

Wednesday 10 March - 10.00am-11.30am: Marketing and Social Media Tips 

Tuesday 16 March - 2.00pm-3.30pm: Sector Support for Start-ups 

Wednesday 17 March - 11.00am-12.30pm: Winning Investment and Scaling Up 

Friday 19 March - 2.00pm-3.00pm:  Policy for Educational Suppliers: Key Factors Affecting Your Business  

Tuesday 23 March - 2.00pm-3.30pm: The Future of Exporting Post-Brexit

Wednesday 24 March - 11.30am-1.00pm: Knowing How and When to Pivot in Order to Grow

Friday 26 March - 2.00pm-3.30pm: Safeguarding and GDPR Compliance

Tuesday 30 March - 10.00am-11.00am: How Can BESA Support You?

We expect this session to be popular, so please reserve your place below.