#250 – NeuroDiversity in Education and Entrepreneurship
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What’s in this episode?
In this episode, I’m in conversation with:
Felix Atkin the Founder & CEO at Sharesy on dealing with cost pressures in schools
Dr. Maureen Dunne, neurodiversity advisor to Lego Foundation and the President and CEO of Autism Community Ventures on supporting innovation in the area of neurodiversity
We talk about:
- How to help schools raise extra funds by easily supporting their community needs
- What funds are available for innovation around neurodiverse needs – including USD 20million to catalyse innovation supporting neurodivergent children
- Why this matters and can strengthen the education, products, services and business we build and use
Plus, some updates on edtech events, reports, and other news.
Felix Atkin the Founder & CEO at Sharesy
Felix is an entrepreneur, commercial strategist and partnerships exec with a passion for ethical and social causes. He loves walking his dog Arlo, is a black belt kickboxer and spends much of his home life shuttling his kids around to netball, swimming, piano and tennis.
Dr. Maureen Dunne, neurodiversity advisor to Lego Foundation and the President and CEO of Autism Community Ventures
Dr Maureen Dunne
Neurodiversity Consultant, trainer, and workshop facilitator for neurodiversity, innovation, and entrepreneurship topics. Co-Founder, Autism Angels Group, a mission driven organisation that aims to bring together capital and talent to drive economic opportunities and technology-driven solutions to create a positive social impact for the autism community. President and CEO, Autism Community Ventures, a public benefit corporation with a network of global partners and a mission to promote social, financial, and economic inclusion for neurodivergent people. Dr. Dunne completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
Sophie Bailey, Founder and Host of The Edtech Podcast and Founder of WorkTripp.
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie has spoken and moderated at a variety of events including SXSW EDU, Yidan Education Prize, ASU GSV Summit, and the Next Billion Edtech Summit. She is an industry mentor and advisor, a Reimagine Education, GESA Awards, Bett Awards and XPrize Adult Literacy judge, and previous Edtech50 and Edtech Digest winner.
Sophie is passionate about lifelong and everyday learning, and is now building new venture, WorkTripp. If she’s not interviewing a University Vice-Chancellor, Edtech Investor, School Leader, or StartUp about education innovation, she’s engrossed in Teach Your Monster to Read or wrestling her lockdown baby. A keen cyclist, she lives in West Devon which she considers the English version of the Pyrenees, and is now building a B2B business, WorkTripp.
References from this week’s episode
- Edutech Europe, Amsterdam, 5 – 6 October 2022
- Edtech Next Summit, 24.-26 October in northwestern Germany
- Dr Maureen Dunne, Lego Foundation
- Lego Foundation Neurodiversity fund
- Felix Atkin, Sharesy
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