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EdTech startups may help you with certainly one of your resolutions for the yr: Purchase new expertise and competencies

8, 2021

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By Gustavo Orjuela, Head of Venture Partnerships Colombia & México

In 2020, the dynamics of society changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mobility restrictions, the limited number of people who can live together in a single room, and the security protocols that have changed the world we live in. We had to learn to create something. Different routines remotely and from home, these challenges opened up new opportunities to drive an evolution and transformation in which the digital world prevails.

One of the main sectors that has seen a 180 degree shift and accelerated digitization is education, which mostly went from personal to fully virtual. The infrastructure of the educational institutions has been reduced to a screen and the space of each individual student in which the technology has to be at the service of learning.

Digital education platforms have been gaining ground year after year and are not only a global trend but also an increasingly affordable reality for Latin Americans. It is not a utopia that the student should be in control of their educational process and be able to attend classes with students from anywhere in the world. While the old educational structures are becoming unprofitable, solutions are emerging that shape the future of education, are confronted with inequality and the educational gap, and open up more and more people to benefit from the possibilities of the digital world.

The labor markets are rapidly changing due to the digital transition. According to the "Pacto Digital" document produced by Telefónica Movistar, 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have not yet been created and more than 50% of workers need requalification and upgrading of their skills and competences. Therefore, vocational training must play a fundamental role the adaptation of the educational model to the digital society.

EdTech, startups that combine education and technology, accounted for 4% of equity fund investment agreements for Latin American startups in 2019, according to the Association for Private Equity Investing in Latin America (LAVCA), a relevant figure that enables the emergence of solutions, which, thanks to technology, enable high-quality training, bring specialists and entrepreneurs closer to training and constant updating of the hard and soft knowledge required by the market today.

The following startups invested by Wayra Hispam open up a number of opportunities to develop the digital skills required in today's work environment. and this can be an option to start learning and acquiring new knowledge:

It's a technology academy with meaningful training programs created in collaboration with leading companies in the market that enable people to learn programming without prior knowledge, make decisions based on data, and create digital experiences that relate to the The needs of people and innovative careers are aimed at B. Web development, fulll stack, UX / UI design, data science and front-end web development can be examined.

The creative educational platform that can learn 70% more effectively with practice includes more than 500 online courses and specializations that can be consulted at their own pace in 12 categories: Digital Marketing, Video, Design, Photography, Business, Web, Animation and, among others, 3D, digital architecture.

The first and largest language community in Latin America with a communication and interaction-focused methodology in which you can learn and practice languages: English, French, German, Portuguese and Italian with people from all over the world using a social method.

ToMi Inc. is a company that develops innovative tools for teaching and learning from any device in the classroom, remotely or without the Internet.

We are witnessing a revolution in education that will be the starting point for a new way of conceptualizing access to knowledge, paradigms of the roles of the university, teachers and students are being formed, therefore it is necessary to seek more educational processes, including processes Global work requirements aligned and above all more humane and value-based. The only skill that will keep us competitive in the future is our ability to learn for a lifetime.

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