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Top 25 SaaS EdTech Companies in 2021

Here are top 25 EdTech companies that have brought in a massive change in the EdTech industry and are have wooed the customers with its perks and benefits.

Simran Mohanty
Simran Mohanty
Sep 18, 2020


SaaS EdTech companies in 2020
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Gone are the days when education was a sheer matter of books and notes. When you hear the classroom, do you picture a room filled with bespectacled teens immersed in their assignments? Well, not anymore! The face of education has now totally changed. Edtech companies have given it a new direction, a new dimension. The way schools buy educational technology has brought up evolution in itself. This has led more and more EdTech companies to embrace the SaaS model, all thanks to its sundry benefits.

Educational Technology – ‘EdTech’, helps ameliorates the overall teaching and learning process and augments the performance of the education system. Here is a list of 25 such SaaS EdTech companies that are booming the market and wooing the customers more than ever.

  1. Grammarly
  2. Panorama Education
  3. Kahoot!
  4. Accredible
  5. Creativelive
  6. McGraw Hill Education
  7. BeRecruited
  8. Duolingo
  9. Coursmos
  10. Remind
  11. Flipgrid
  12. Applyboard
  13. Seesaw
  14. Sapling Learning
  15. Udemy
  16. Dreambox Learning
  17. Clever
  18. Schoology
  19. Voxy
  20. Rosetta Stone
  21. Smart Sparrow
  22. NextLesson
  23. Open Sesame
  24. Versal
  25. Brightwheel


Location: San Francisco

Grammarly is an online proofreader/editor that automatically detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in the user’s writing. Founded in 2008, it developed this AI-powered Chrome extension.

It comes in two plans as of now. The basic version is free and the premium version halts in three subscription plans. Further, it automatically detects the mistakes and alerts you followed by a score.

Panorama Education

Location: Boston

Panorama Education, a data analytics company, focuses on surveys that measure school climate, teacher engagement, student satisfaction and other aspects in K-12 schools.

The team designs the surveys (which can be taken securely via mobile) and administers them. The company then helps the more than 11,000 schools that use its services to analyze and act on the amassed data.


Location: Norway

Kahoot! reviews assignments, homework and review sessions into fun, micro- quiz episodes. These questions are ideally shared on the screen. And the students who get it right earns the first points. The competitive element has not only made a hit with kids, but also in business meetings and trivia settings.


Location: San Francisco

Accredible is a certification provide that is known as a verifiable repository of human capital. Founded in 2013, it has issued 5000 credentials for its professional clients.

Students can add recommendations to their certifications as well as have their credentials recorded. Pricing plans depend on the number of credentials per year and add-on features available for enterprises.


Location: Seattle

CreativeLive provides video classes for the art lovers. And covers subjects like sound design, photo editing and wedding photography. Aside from this, with the help of live-streamed class format, students can get answers to questions in real time.

McGraw Hill Education

Location: Ohio

McGraw Hill Education creates science-based learning experiences such as SmartBook, a reading tool whose content adapts to its users. Additionally, the company makes eBooks, mobile applications and digital curricula.


Location: San Francisco

BeRecruited is the largest college recruiting network that serves more than 17 million high school athletes and over 30.000 college and university coaches throughout the USA. It allows access to follow school programs; customizes a user profile and monitors its popularity among coaches.


Location: Pittsburgh

Duolingo’s free app helps users learn more than 30 languages, from Spanish to Esperanto, via game-like instruction. Users score points and execute timed challenges to ascend to new levels. Further, a recent study found that students learned roughly as much from 34 hours of Duolingo as they did from a first-semester Spanish course.


Location: San Francisco

Coursmos provides an online micro-learning platform designed for learning and teaching micro-courses, typically no longer than three minutes each. The platform hosts lessons in the areas of personal development and business as well.


Location: San Francisco

The Remind’s app allows the teachers and the student’s guardian to send text and voice messages without actually exchanging phone numbers. Further, it skirts the privacy hassle of providing any contact details. Also, with 31 million monthly users, the platform makes communicating school-related deadlines and objectives simpler.


Location: Minneapolis

Flipgrid works much like a discussion board. Instead of posting written responses to prompts, though, students post short videos. They can also put together longer video presentations and receive video feedback from their teachers.


Location: Ontario

Applyboard helps college students and high school kids throughout the world to study in North America. Also, ApplyBoard’s tools help streamline the application process, too, providing secure storage space for transcripts and other key documents.

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Location: San Francisco

Seesaw developed a learning app that enables students to document what they learn in schools by capturing photos and videos of physical work, or by adding digital creations. Founded in 2014, it makes it easy to get student work in one place and give parents a window into the classroom.

Sapling Learning

Location: Texas

Sapling Learning bolsters students’ understanding of tough segments, like calculus and physics. Also, the interface asks questions in a variety of styles, including multiple choice, free response and ranking problems. Along the way, it offers relevant hints, feedback and clarification too.


Location: San Francisco

Udemy is one of the top edtech companies in the world where tutors are able to create a course, add it to a library of 65,000+ courses, and earn money from student tuition charges. Further, an instructor shares its revenue with Udemy. Founded in 2010, it allows monitoring user adoption and overall user activity.

Dreambox Learning

Location: Seattle

Dreambox Learning aims to make math accessible and exciting. Further, their technology tracks students’ problem-solving approaches, constantly re-sequencing problems and recalibrating difficulty based on student performance.


Location: San Francisco

Clever is a cloud-based data storage medium app for third-party e-learning systems and schools/districts. It’s a bridge between schools’ Student Information Systems and online learning applications. Also, it is engineered to be a secure and convenient way for districts/schools to grant access and send data to third-party eLearning applications.


Location: New York City

Schoology learning management system emphasizes fun and synergy b. The system allows kids to work and chat together. It also offers teachers a one-stop portal for administrative tasks, including lesson planning, grading and quiz administration.


Location: New York City

Voxy renders mobile-friendly English-language courses zeroed in on towards a variety of contexts.  Its curriculum is tailored to goals like passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (also known as TOEFL). Also, it includes higher education and corporate environments.

Rosetta Stone

Location: Arlington

Rosetta Stone strives to teach multiple languages seamlessly. Also, through Rosetta Stone’s software and web services, students can gain proficiency in 30 languages, including English. This curriculum also blends listening, speaking and writing. Not just that, it frequently circles back to foundational concepts.

Smart Sparrow

Location: San Francisco

SmartSparrow developed an online learning design platform enabling customers to create interactive and adaptive e-learning courseware. Moreover, the company provides a dynamic, drag-and-drop authoring tool. And empowers teachers to build their own course and define personalized learning paths for their students.


Location: San Francisco

NextLesson offers teachers 10,000 standards-aligned projects and lessons that are based on real-world problems solving through topics students care about, such as movies, sports, and celebrities. It was founded in 2013 and utilized by over 2 million students and 75.000 teachers in school districts nationwide.

Open Sesame

Location: Portland

OpenSesame’s team helps companies select and integrate appropriate courses into pre-existing training platforms. It also matches companies with e-learning courses that are relevant to their employees. Drawing from a library of more than 20,000 courses on subjects from manufacturing to healthcare.


Location: San Francisco

Versal is one of the most popular EdTech companies that provides a cloud-based e-learning platform designed to create and deliver training content using pre-coded solutions. Further, Versal serves for over 150,000 educators. All plans provide unlimited access to mobile-ready courses; peer-to-peer learning and multi-author course creation.


Location: San Francisco

BrightWheel offers a mobile app for iOS and Android devices to help teachers keep parents informed by sending them updates about their kids throughout the school day. Further, the product is targeted at preschools and daycares and used for tracking attendance, recording activities, communicating with parents, etc.

Tips for growing EdTech Companies

In the past few years, online market has seen a surge in EdTech startups in most of the tech-based countries. Most of these startups are coming from countries like USA, India and UK. Each of these startups promise to change the landscape of education patterns for the better. But the competition is immense and hence, you need a cutting edge strategy to grow your EdTech business. Below are the few tips that you can implement in this business.

Have a good understanding of education sector

Before you jump on to create the right product for your edtech startup, make sure that you have good understanding of the current market. You should be aware of the problems and challenges being faced by this industry. If you go by your own understanding then you might be making a mistake of solving the problems that are already solved. In that case, your product would be no different than the myriads of products that are already available in the marketplace. Identifying the unique competitive advantage is a must to grow your business.

Choose the right pricing model

While freemium is the most preferred way of generating traffic, it can be detrimental to the business if those users don’t convert into the paid ones. Before you decide on the right pricing model, make sure you to do a proper research on all the available pricing models in the market. The pricing slabs you choose must account for all the incurred cost and leave a substantial margin for the business to sustain in the longer run. How to increase the margin over the time for long-term users is also something you must think upon and implement.

Build unique and creative product

Engaging students online is a totally different ball-game than in a physical classroom. Make sure your teachers understand this and bring in the nuances of teaching online to drive proper engagement. There are different exercises you can engage them with that work exceptionally well for startup in education sector.

And to stand apart from your competitors, you need to build unique products. Just following the top edtech companies would not fetch you results as the administrators would rather choose a trusted brand than a new startup for the same product. Investors would also be interested to know what unique elements do you bring to your product that can bolster their confidence in investing in your product.

Be prepared for the future; rather create it

Education technology companies are booming like anything in the current marketplace. But know that this is just a beginning of a new era. Education system is going to change forever with the upcoming technologies. With so many Education startups functioning today, it is common to have a blurred vision of the future. Be aware of it and challenge your creativity to come up with new ideas that nobody has thought so far. Do proper market research to understand the underlying gaps that you can fill through your futuristic product.

That’s a Wrap

EdTech companies play an increasingly crucial role in revamping the overall customer experience. Nonetheless, technology will never replace the greatness of a teacher. However, equipping technology in the hands of a great teacher is transformational.

Still, the future of Edtech companies stays in flux. When it comes to student-facing technologies. For example, where’s the line between teaching kids tech literacy and fomenting tech addiction?

Also, will there come a point when Edtech ditches kids altogether to focus solely on the recurring revenue-generating corporate clients?

Time will tell!

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Originally Published September 18th, 2020, Updated January 7th, 2021

Simran Mohanty

Simran Mohanty

Simran hails from the content marketing backdrop with extensive knowledge in blogs, articles, and technical whitepapers in the non-fictional domain. She uses her 'gift of the gab' to explore new possibilities on her way and to make an exquisite impact on her readers. In her spare time, she likes to read journals on artificial intelligence or play with her cute kittens.

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Shoeb Ahmed

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Shoeb Ahmed

Quite comprehensive and useful list of EdTech companies. And the tips for growing EdTech startups are great too!

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