Innovation Snapshot
Location:Edmonton, Alberta

Classrooms go paperless

The team at Showbie has a mission to help teachers create engaging learning experiences by empowering educators with an easy-to-use workflow app that improves the classroom experience. Its platform allows for faster, easier grading and assessment, and offers schools and districts operational efficiencies and cost savings.

In 2012, Colin Bramm and Roy Pombeiro started Showbie after an idea was developed that would allow teachers to upload assignments for students, have students submit completed work, and allow teachers to provide feedback on the work. All this happens without paper and in an easy-to-use digital platform.

Known as an emerging leader in the EdTech sector, Showbie served approximately 18,000 teachers per month prior to the pandemic. Today, the company’s platform has over three million users in more that 140 countries and is available in 14 languages.

With many students, teachers and families increasingly reliant on digital tools for remote learning, the Alberta start-up is well-positioned to address the growing digital learning industry.

Recognizing the gaps in support roles needed for growth, Showbie was able to leverage Alberta Innovates support to help fund two commercialization experts. Currently Showbie has raised $16.5 million in funding, and in 2021 was named one of the 11 Canadian companies to watch, as well as a SIIA Education CODiE Finalist in Best Education-Cloud Based Solution Category.

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