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Uni-Life Selected to the GSV Cup Elite 200!

January 18, 2022

Uni-Life Selected to the GSV Cup Elite 200
Will Compete for $1 Million in Prizes in World’s Largest Pitch Competition For EdTech Startups 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jan 18, 2022)

Uni-Life has been selected to The Elite 200, the acclaimed list of semifinalists in The GSV Cup — the world’s largest pitch competition for EdTech startups run by female-led, multi-stage venture capital firm GSV Ventures. Companies selected to The Elite 200 represent the top pre-seed and seed stage startups in digital learning across the “Pre-K to Gray” space. Uni-Life will now compete for up to $1M in cash and prizes in San Diego this April at the ASU+GSV Summit, the annual education technology event hosted by Arizona State University and GSV Ventures. 

Uni-Life was selected from a global applicant pool of 750+ companies, the largest application pool for the GSV Cup yet. More than 175 judges from leading venture capital firms and strategic partners in digital learning like Accel, General Atlantic, Reach Capital, and Owl Ventures, among others, used rigorous criteria to determine the 200 most promising companies. 

“The past two years have not been easy for higher academic institutions and students, but at the same time it's also been an incredibly exciting time.” states Joep Annega, CEO and founder of Uni-Life.  “New ideas, initiatives and projects are appearing like never before, and everyone seems to share one greater goal; how can we 'future proof' higher education? For Uni-Life it's been a great honour to be part of these discussions, and together with our university partners we hope to create valuable, data-driven solutions.”
“We’re at a critical and exciting time for the future of society,” said Deborah Quazzo, managing partner of GSV Ventures. “The pandemic has made it increasingly clear that Ed is on The Edge — on the edge of innovation, transformation, globalization. We’ve always imagined a new era in which ALL people have equal access to the future, and this year’s Elite 200 companies are emblematic of that vision. We’re proud to name the 200 semifinalists in the GSV Cup competition and look forward to having them pitch live at the ASU+GSV Summit.” 

The Elite 200 companies serve learners from Pre-K to Gray, with companies well-distributed across the following categories: Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Adult Enterprise Learning. The 2022 Elite 200 continue to break barriers, comprised of an increasingly diverse and global group:  

  • 58% of companies have female founders
  • 51% of companies have founders that identify as people of color
  • 44% of companies are based outside the United States

The GSV Cup is powered by Google Cloud, HubSpot for Startups, HolonIQ, and GSV Ventures. 

See Uni-Life and the rest of the companies selected to the GSV Cup Elite 200 at


Uni-Life is the student platform for universities focused on building a stronger campus community, boosting the student engagement and increasing the overall wellbeing of the students. Uni-Life’s mission is to empower students to live their best student experience while building a connected campus.Founded by Joep Annega and Thomas Smulders in 2018, Uni-Life now works together with some of the biggest and most respectable universities, including Erasmus University Rotterdam, Vrije University Amsterdam, Leiden University, TU Delft, Tilburg University, among others. 


GSV Ventures is a female-led, multi-stage venture capital firm focused on the $7+ trillion education sector. The fund is currently investing out of GSV Ventures Fund III and backs innovative entrepreneurs around the world in the "Pre-K to Gray" Arc of Learning. GSV manages over $675 million in global EdTech investments. Portfolio holdings include Andela, Class Technologies, ClassDojo, Coursera, Course Hero, Degreed, Guild, MasterClass, Outlier, Photomath, Quizizz, Lead School, Brightchamps, and ClassPlus, among others.

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