After working their way through a towering stack of applications, the evaluation team identified the top 100 proposals that will go on to Phase 3.
On May 9 we contacted all of the applicants to inform them of their score and status after the first round of evaluations. The semi-finalists will now be asked to provide more detailed and in-depth information about their proposal via an online questionnaire. Based on that new information and their original application, the evaluation team will select the top 20 who will be invited to the finalists’ workshop in Barcelona, Spain, where they will pitch their idea to the OEC Jury for the final selection.
About the semi-finalists
Let’s take a look at the 100 semi-finalist teams. The teams come from 36 different countries, top among them the UK (10), the Netherlands (8), Spain (8), France (7), Germany (6), and Poland (5). There were also several multi-national teams, combining talent from different countries or even continents.
What stage of progress are the teams at?
Most of the teams would be considered early-stage projects, in that they have already made some progress towards launching their business but have not yet started generating any revenue. Approximately one in five of the semi-finalists are at the idea stage, meaning that they have not yet made any concrete actions to implement their project but they have a well-developed idea. Lastly, 21% of the applicants are startups that already have a product/service available.
What topics are the proposals related to?
In terms of subject matter, there is a wide range of topics that the semifinalists are aiming to make a difference in. Language, employability skills, and class/school management are the top three, followed by engineering and digital skills.
What level of education are the proposals aimed at?
As for education level, primary and secondary students are the most popular target audiences. Higher education and lifelong learning are also areas of significant interest.
The semi-finalists will receive an email within the next day or two with a link to the Phase 3 questionnaire. It must be fully completed and submitted by May 30 at 12:00 noon (CET). The evaluation team will then re-evaluate all the teams that submitted the questionnaire and select 20 finalists.
The finalists’ workshop is scheduled for 13-15 July, 2014. We’ll be getting an early start, so we expect the finalists to arrive the evening of July 13. The 10 winners will be announced at the end of the workshop.