Edinburgh-based EdTech company Gecko has appointed a new chair as part of its ambitions to grow its international operations.
Jeremy Cooper, a former President at Hobsons, and senior executive at Blackboard and RM Education, will join Gecko as its Non-executive Chairman as the company enters its next phase of growth.
Cooper said: “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.
“I look forward to working with Matt and the team, who have already developed best-of-class technology, and making sure the company realises its significant potential in the UK and North American markets.”
Gecko provides software to help universities engage and recruit students to engage with, recruit, and enrol students. The company’s products have already been utilised by over 10 million students.
Despite challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, Gecko had a record-breaking 2020. The company won 17 new university and college clients in the UK and US. In the first quarter of 2021, it signed a series of new clients including South Texas College and Queens University Belfast.
In the wake of Covid-19, Gecko launched a series of initiatives to help the sector address challenges thrown up by the pandemic.
These included launching an artificial intelligence-driven free chatbot, ResponseBot, that enabled over 60 universities to deliver automated, up to the minute information to students.
Alongside virtual on-campus and online events, Gecko also delivered free Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to customers, with uncapped calling and texting capabilities enabling limitless communications.
The EdTech company currently counts institutions including the University of California, Western Kentucky University, San Francisco State University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of St Andrews among its clients. In addition, Gecko currently has offices in London and New York.
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CEO and Founder of Gecko Matthew Lanham said: “Every higher education institution is different, but they all face very similar challenges. We take the time, human resources and other capacity of our customers and make it work harder, and are constantly working on solutions to the kind of problems higher education institutions face every day.”
“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.
“The next year will be about continual product improvements, and further expansion into North America. To get someone of Jeremy’s calibre on board to help guide our growth strategy is a major coup for Gecko, and we look forward to his support in the months and years ahead.”