20 Innovative EdTech Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

20 Innovative EdTech Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a edtech business in 2021?

We put together 20 of the best edtech businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other edtech businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a freelance writing business ($1.02M/year)

David Tile from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Article-Writing Co over 10 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $85,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 15
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2011, coming out of college, I miserably tried to start a penny auction website. I studied Political Science at University, which had absolutely no bearing on this idea. I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and was consumed by this auction model. I had my own specific mechanics that I thought would make the game a lot more fair for the average consumer. But alas, 6-8 months later, after burning through thousands of dollars trying to get the technology right, I was absolutely nowhere.

I was resigned to not give up, but the mechanics of the auction are critical to the smooth operation of the website and if you can’t get it right you don’t have a business. So I decided to start taking on some freelance writing work, just to get some cash in.

One thing led to another and I started getting some bigger clients with bigger asks. Eventually, I snowballed hiring some writers and copy editors. Turning this thing into a full-time business operation.

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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($85,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a web development course business ($72K/year)

Seth Kramer from Washington D.C., DC, USA started No Code MBA over 1 year ago, a web development course business.

  • Revenue: $6,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Washington D.C., DC, USA

I’ve been an entrepreneur for almost 10 years now - I started my first business in college - a meal plan service for college students. I worked on it on nights and weekends while I had a full-time job at a startup, eventually grew it to a 7-figure business, and was able to become a full-time entrepreneur.

I’m always looking for different tools and opportunities, and have been using many no-code tools including Zapier, Typeform and Squarespace before β€œno-code” was a trend.

About a year ago I came across Glide, a no-code tool to build apps using a google sheet as the backend. At the time, I was looking for a new side-project to start and decided to create a conference app business using Glide called ConferenceTap

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Seth Kramer, on starting No Code MBA ($6,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start an educational blog ($13.2K/year)

Pete Codes from Edinburgh, UK started No CS Degree ago, a educational blog.

  • Revenue: $1,100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Edinburgh, UK

I had been learning to code for some time and I was looking for inspiration from people who like me hadn’t learned programming at college. I’m a member of quite a few online communities and I had already been asking developers for a while about how they got into software engineering. I knew quite a few people hadn’t been to college and had still done really well in their careers.

For instance, an Austrian developer Richard was making six figures as a self-taught web developer aged 22 years old and I was really impressed by that. Also, Harry Dry made a dating website for Kanye West fans which went viral and he was basically learning how to make it as he went along. One of my biggest influences, Pieter Levels, is also a very successful entrepreneur and makes $600,000 as a self-taught web developer. These stories helped encourage me to keep learning to code so I thought other people would be interested as well.

I knew of course that interview websites like Indiehackers and Starter Story were a good way to start a business so I had some examples to follow already. I figured that over the next 10 years there are going to be so many people learning to code for the first time that I could get ahead of that and making a website for them. I was definitely inspired by the way Pieter Levels took advantage of the trend of remote work with his websites Nomad List and Remote OK aimed at people having a location-independent lifestyle.

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Pete Codes, on starting No CS Degree ($1,100/month) full story ➜

4. Launch an online tuition platform ($9.96M/year)

Tom Hooper from London started Third Space Learning about 8 years ago, a online tuition platform.

  • Revenue: $830,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 80
  • Location: London

I studied Philosophy and Politics at University, before spending the first few years of my career working in investment in London. Whilst I am glad that I worked in finance, it was never a career for me. I enjoyed meeting company management teams and analyzing their outlook to inform investment decisions. But, in truth, I always wanted to be on the other side of the table helping to build a business. That said, understanding the financial and operational structures of businesses, and how this relates to their plans, is undoubtedly valuable in building a business and working with investors.

I think success is often based on learning quickly enough from your mistakes, such that you are constantly improving.

My family is all entrepreneurs. Both of my parents are, which must have influenced me and my brother and sister. All three of us siblings have founded our own businesses so now we have a full house of entrepreneurs. I guess that growing up in this environment gave us confidence in entrepreneurship as a means of building a career and that the risk was worth it (even if that meant failure). Certainly, it helped to have encouragement and support from our parents that we should go for it and had their total support. I even remember being discouraged from my original decision to work in Finance!

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Tom Hooper, on starting Third Space Learning ($830,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start an online exams practice site

Examples of a successful online exams practice site:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online exams practice site:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online exams practice site ➜

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6. Start an educational technology product ($12K/year)

Examples of a successful educational technology product:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a educational technology product:

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7. Start a webinar hosting business

Examples of a successful webinar hosting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a webinar hosting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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8. Start an educational bots business

Examples of a successful educational bots business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a educational bots business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an educational bots business ➜

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9. Start an educational app development business

Examples of a successful educational app development business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a educational app development business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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10. Start an online academy business

Examples of a successful online academy business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online academy business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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11. Start an educational website business

Examples of a successful educational website business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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12. Start an augmented and virtual reality business

Examples of a successful augmented and virtual reality business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a augmented and virtual reality business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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13. Start a YouTube channel

Examples of a successful YouTube channel:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a YouTube channel:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a YouTube channel ➜

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14. Start a live classroom business

Examples of a successful live classroom business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a live classroom business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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15. Start a special kids platform business

Examples of a successful special kids platform business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a special kids platform business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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16. Start an online education fair and summits business

Examples of a successful online education fair and summits business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online education fair and summits business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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17. Start an online course sales business

Examples of a successful online course sales business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online course sales business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online course sales business ➜

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18. Start a gamified courses and classes business

Examples of a successful gamified courses and classes business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a gamified courses and classes business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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19. Start an ethical hacking courses

Examples of a successful ethical hacking courses:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a ethical hacking courses:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an ethical hacking courses ➜

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20. Become a computer training provider

Examples of a successful computer training provider:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a computer training provider:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a computer training provider ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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