January 25, 2018 | Israeli virtual reality startup StoryBot won first place at the Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESA) this week, a competition showcasing the most promising educational technology startups around the world. The Israeli-founded, London-based startup wins a $50,000 prize and new opportunities for business development and mentoring, a statement about the event said. StoryBot was chosen from more than 650 startups in 70 countries who competed for the prize. Finland’s educational technology platform Claned won the AI category, while the global awards winner was Arcterus, am adaptive Japanese learning EdTech venture. The event featuring GESA took place in London and was part of a bilateral initiative between the UK Embassy in Israel and MindCET, a center for innovation and technological development in education located in Tel Aviv. Prizes were awarded by the UK Israel Tech Hub and MindCET, as part of the UK Israel EdTech Taskforce, an initiative aimed to create a joint UJ-Israel ecosystem for the global EdTech network. The event included the fifth annual meeting of the UK Israel EdTech Taskforce, where 35 senior representatives from the UK and Israel came together to discuss the future of EdTech and the promotion of bilateral cooperation in the field. They also launched the Teachers & Startups EdTech Alliance, providing certificates for teachers who implement EdTech innovation in classrooms, providing startups with opportunities to pilot their products and access to educational systems.