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Double Win for GBSN Partner Peaqs: Shortlisted as Top 200 Global EdTech Companies & Taking Home a Prize at the Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards

Peaqs is the platform partner for the GBSN Africa Business Concept Competition (ABCC) and has since our last round in April 2021 been on a tremendous journey. We’ve highlighted the two most significant stories from Peaqs, who will also be the platform partner for ABCC in 2022 – enjoy the reading and join the quest to unleash the true potential of entrepreneurship in education.

Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards 2021

Announced: 2021’s educational ‘Oscar’ winners – Peaqs takes home an award!

London 10th December: 2021’s most exciting, effective new approaches to teaching and learning have been announced by QS Quacquarelli Symonds and The Wharton School, after a gruelling competition comprising eight months, 1350 applicants, and five rounds of close expert scrutiny: the Reimagine Education Awards.
Danish edtech, Peaqs, is proud to announce taking home the silver award in this prestigious competition in the Business Education Category. Noting that the award was also a hybrid learning award, co-founder at Peaqs, Peter Martin Holst, says:

‘For a startup the importance of an international recoginition of this kind cannot be understated. We are not only proud but also thankful to be able to get so far in a competition with so many other brilliant edtech platforms and solutions competing. Being able to fetch a prize like this after being online for only a year with our new platform version is truly amazing – a huge thank you to all the teachers and institutions for bringing Peaqs into their class-rooms and hybrid learning environments.’

Peaqs is a learning game platform that combines a project development process with a virtual stock market engine for real time valuation and peer feedback. It was originally designed for teaching entrepreneurship and running pitch competitions but has proved to be suitable for learning across many business, design and technical subjects. Being agnostic to the curriculum taught and customizable in its process by for instance time-boxing game-phases Peaqs is not only appealing to higher education but also lower levels of education such as high school. Peter Martin Holst, expands:

‘We have seen students down to the age of 15 use the platform, so that is until now the youngest cohort we’ve had on and from here we’ve covered all academic levels upwards from bachelors, masters, MBAs to executive education. We have even been fortunate enough to reach a 2 year agreement with Milano School of Management to co-develop and deliver hybrid learning solutions for their corporate education programmes, so we are not stopping anytime soon as we continue to expand our partnerships and business model. We still have many milestones to achieve and a ton of ideas as to where to take the platform. We don’t only see Peaqs a great platform for learning experiences, but also as a space to connect capital and ideas and to be a matchmaker between companies and university talent.’

Peaqs was the only Nordic edtech to be be among the top three in this years business category at the Reimagine Education awards and the only platform specialized for entrepreneurship.

Reimagine Education 2021 shed light on the excellence of innovative solutions enhancing learning outcomes and employability for a future billion learners. In addition to the three overall awards, it rewarded innovation in sixteen main award categories (including AI, VR/AR, e-learning, educational apps and more), six disciplines (arts & humanities, business education, engineering & IT, life sciences, natural sciences and social sciences) and regional awards. Winners hail from 27 countries. The complete list of winners includes links to the 2’ video summary for each project. 
The Reimagine Education Awards are open to edtech companies, universities, schools, and educational non-profits worldwide. Contested by applicants from eighty-four nations, they seek to offer global higher education a platform through which outstanding pedagogical innovation can be identified and rewarded. 

Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO, QS and co-founder of Reimagine Education, said: “At the end of the second disruptive year for global higher education, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to offer a platform to the projects, pedagogies, and solutions that represent the future of educational provision. With over 300 independent judges participating in the evaluation process, plus a distinguished 20 persons Grand Jury, our winners have received the unequivocal backing of expert educationalists across the world. They should take exceptional pride in their achievement.”

Wharton Business School 
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania also known as Wharton Business School, a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Considered one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, the Wharton School is the world’s oldest collegiate business school, and was established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton. 

Wharton’s MBA program is ranked No. 2 in the World according to the Financial Times and No. 1 in the United States according to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report ranking. Meanwhile, Wharton’s MBA for Executives and undergraduate programs are ranked No. 3 and No. 1 in the United States respectively by U.S. News

Wharton school alumni include SpaceX founder Elon Musk, and billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Current and former CEOs of Fortune 500 companies including Alphabet Inc., General Electric, Boeing, Pfizer, Comcast, Oracle, PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson are also Wharton School alumni.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.  The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, is the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their flagship website, www.TopUniversities.com – the home of their rankings – was viewed 149 million times in 2020, and over 79,000 media clippings about, or mentioning, QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2020.