Bett Leads $1 Million Investment In Learnit

Learnit Releases Groundbreaking Agenda Featuring 100+ Speakers and is Tracking to Sell Out at 1,000 Attendees

London – December 6, 2018 – ITE Group Plc, organisers of the world’s leading edtech event, Bett, today announced taking the lead in a $1 million investment in Learnit, the new event for the global learning ecosystem. Learnit will take place the same week as Bett, making Bett week the most important week for learning, globally.

Learnit will be held in less than 50 days on 24-25 January, 2019 at the QEII Centre in London, and is on track to sell out at 1,000 attendees.

Learnit founders are the team behind some of the world’s most important events in retail (Shoptalk), payments (Money20/20), healthcare (HLTH) and FMCG (Groceryshop). Anil Aggarwal, Co-Founder and Chairman of Learnit said “Just as we’ve done in other sectors, we are leading the development of a new community and an intellectually honest conversation about the current state and future of learning, to help revolutionise education, and ultimately change the world.”

”Education has entered a period of rapid transformation. Learnit brings together the key people from across the globe who are driving the evolution of learning at every stage. This investment makes sense as Learnit perfectly complements Bett, which is the market-leading event for education. Together, these events represent the most important gathering of education leaders globally.” said Mark Shashoua, CEO of ITE Group Plc.

“Bett is the must-attend show for EdTech: for knowledge, for products, for networking, for suppliers, for learning and for the global education community. Together with Learnit we will bring people together who believe education can change the world. That’s why we’re excited to make this investment in Learnit.” added Rachel Brodie, Portfolio Director for Bett.

This week, Learnit released their 2019 agenda, which features 100+ world-class speakers, including:

  • Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD (France)
  • Dr Attaullah Wahidyar, Senior Advisor to Minister, Ministry of Education (Afghanistan)
  • Euan Blair, Co-Founder & CEO, WhiteHat (UK)
  • Pia Pakarinen, Deputy Mayor, Education Division, City of Helsinki (Finland)
  • Simon Henderson, Head Master, Eton College (UK)
  • Nicolas Sadirac, Co-Founder & General Secretary, 42 (France)
  • Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution (USA)
  • AJ Crabill, Deputy Commissioner for Governance, Texas Education Agency (USA)
  • Russell Hobby, CEO, Teach First (UK)
  • Charles Fadel, Founder & Chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign (USA)
  • Mathias Wildgrube, Founder Education Lab, Volkswagen Group Academy, Volkswagen AG (Germany)
  • Mokhtar Sellami Director Of Technological Development And Innovation, Ministry Of Higher Education And Scientific Research (Algeria)
  • Matt Mead, Head of Education & Innovation, Chelsea FC Foundation (UK)
  • David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District (USA)
  • Kylie Readman, Pro Vice Chancellor (Education), Murdoch University (Australia)
  • James Dalziel, Director of Education Operations, Continental Europe, GEMS (Switzerland)
  • Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design & Director EDUCATE London, UCL Institute of Education (UK)
  • Bani Dhawan, Head of Education, India and South Asia, Google (India)
  • Meg Hamel, Director of Research, EdSurge (USA)
  • Anand Chopra-McGowan, Head of EMEA, General Assembly (UK)
  • Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Advisor, Tes (UK)
  • Sigamoney Naicker, Chief Director: Inclusive Education, Western Cape Education Department (South Africa)
  • Yvonne Simon, Chief Learning Architect, Southern New Hampshire University (USA)

‘Our global education systems have been built on legacy. Learnit will celebrate the revolutionaries driving change in education and create an entirely new experience for the global learning ecosystem’ said Katy Fryatt, Founder & CEO of Learnit.


About ITE Group plc

ITE Group plc was founded in 1991 and is now one of the world’s leading organisers of international exhibitions and conferences.

ITE Group’s strategic vision is to create the world’s leading portfolio of content-driven, must-attend events delivering an outstanding experience and ROI for our customers. The Group recently launched its Transformation & Growth (TAG) programme, which is designed to transform the Company from a geographic-led business to a product-led business that focuses on market-leading events, wherever they are in the world. ITE strives to run the best shows and offer the best service to its customers throughout the world regardless of location. By putting exhibitors and visitors at the heart of everything we do, we plan to drive sustainable growth for our shareholders.

ITE Group is a public limited company and has been listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange since 1998.


About Bett

Bett is the UK’s leading cross-sector education community. Every year Bett brings together 850 leading companies, 100 EdTech start-ups and over 35,000 learners and educators from around the globe. Bett’s mission is to bring together people, ideas, practices and technologies so that educators and learners can fulfil their potential.


About Learnit

At Learnit, we believe an event that unites the global learning community and leads an intellectually honest conversation about the current state and future of learning, can revolutionise education, and ultimately change the world.

The Learnit community is inclusive, disruptive, bold and brave. It encompasses the entire learning ecosystem – from government, educators, corporates and established solution providers to tech startups, investors and media. It is united by a common goal to improve education outcomes globally.

Learnit’s conversation is open and honest. It’s a conversation about how to give everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity or wealth, the opportunity to reach their greatest potential in a rapidly evolving world. It is untethered by legacy, politics or geography.



Rob Wells

Media Relations