Founder(s): James Gray
Kortext is the UK’s market leading, university focused, digital teaching and learning platform. It provides digital learning resources to over 100 universities with thousands of texts and other learning materials to students in over 200 countries. Kortext leverages its industry leading publisher relationships to access over 2 million textbooks from 4,500 suppliers giving 97% coverage of available texts.
Kortext is based in Bournemouth and employs around 130 people across its technology, operational and customer success teams. Kortext has just finalised additional investment funding from dmg ventures to accelerate delivery of its product road-map, in partnership with its university customers. The move to blended learning and more remote-first, distance learning, because of the pandemic, has fast tracked the demand for the Kortext platform to deliver digital textbooks and other course materials to students in a seamless manner that tightly integrates into the university teaching and learning environment. The platform hosts millions of eTextbooks from over 4,000 publishers and provides every student with their own personal study space, connecting them to their course, their peers, and their academics.
James Gray, CEO and founder of Kortext explains:
“At the start of the pandemic, in conjunction with the university sector, Microsoft and the main textbook publishers, we were able to offer free access to digital textbooks to every student in the UK under the Free Student eTextbook Programme (FSTP). We have been supporting universities and their students since, helping students everywhere continue with their studies while they have been unable to access their physical campuses and libraries.
“The feedback from both academics and students has been hugely positive and ever more universities are turning to Kortext to help deliver a really engaging, online learning environment where the course content is at the centre of the learning experience. To help maintain this growth we have invested heavily in our team, doubling in size over this last year, enabling us to provide unparalleled support to universities, their students, their academics, and their libraries as they continue to move to a digital first strategy. This investment will help fund additional employment growth in the next 12 months, as demand for Kortext services continues to grow. We’ve doubled in size over the past year and now employ 130 people. We are currently hiring for 50 new roles.”