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Edinburgh edtech firm hires new chair to continue growth



Edinburgh-based education tech firm Gecko has appointed a new chair to its board to help it engage with more universities and recruit students.

Jeremy Cooper, a former president at Hobsons and senior executive at Blackboard and RM Education, now becomes non-executive chairman.

Last year, Gecko won 17 new university and college clients in the UK and US, while during the first quarter of 2021, it signed South Texas College in the US and Queen’s University Belfast in the UK.

It’s other clients in higher education include University of California, Western Kentucky University, San Francisco State University, University of Cambridge and University of St Andrews.

The business also has offices in London and New York.

Gecko’s technology lets higher education institutions better engage, recruit and enrol students.

It launched a series of new initiatives to help the sector address challenges thrown up by the pandemic, including an free chatbot that let more than 60 universities deliver automated information to students.

Alongside virtual on-campus and online events, Gecko also delivered free voice over internet protocol to customers, with uncapped calling and texting capabilities.

Matthew Lanham, chief executive and founder at Gecko, said: “What we’ve seen during the pandemic is that universities have stepped up digital transformation in the face of Covid, and we’ve seen our technology really come into its own over the last twelve months.”

Cooper added: “Gecko is one of the most exciting and dynamic edtech companies in the UK, with an international mindset evidenced by the progress made in the US to date.”

It has 40 staff following a hiring of new recruits during 2020.

The company raised its most recent investment round in 2019, a £2m funding round led by Mercia Asset Management and including Scottish Investment Bank Co-Investment Fund.

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