NEXINEO: Slovak tech company aims to change how schools teach
It may just be a small box that fits in the palm of your hand, but it represents a major leap forward for schools of varying disciplines and levels of education. NEXINEO has developed this hardware, together with special software and a central server, so schools can provide pupils with a state-of-the-art education while saving costs and cutting their environmental footprint. NEXI GO or NEXI PRO, as the device is called depending on its capacity, is already being used by over 450 schools in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. Now, NEXINEO is looking for investment to expand further with its ground-breaking solution for educational institutions in the 21st century.
NEXINEO was founded in 2013 by Stanislav Chlepko under the name SINO. His vision from the beginning was to develop a virtual desktop client that could stand up against the best of the global competition. In less than 10 years, the NEXINEO team has grown to 30 people and more than 450 schools are now using NEXINEO solutions. After introducing the product at home in Slovakia, the company expanded into the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. But NEXINEO certainly doesn’t plan to stop there. Its goal is to provide a modern, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for the whole of Europe. This is evidenced by the first confirmed pilot project in Germany and a request from a Spanish distributor for an exclusive contract.
One computer for every 8 students will be a thing of the past
Within the EU, there is currently one computer for every eight primary and secondary school students¹. Many of these are outdated machines that do not meet modern requirements. If schools could achieve a 3:1 ratio between the number of students and computers, the market could grow from the current €4 billion to €14.3 billion². NEXINEO could be an accelerator of this change, as it can take the quality and scope of European education to the next level with its advanced and proven technology. This is not a dream but a real business with huge potential, demonstrated by it winning the Impact Stars category in Deloitte's prestigious Technology Fast 50 CE in 2021³.
70% less costs and 90% fewer emissions = 100% better future
The NEXINEO system combines hardware and software elements. NEXI GO and NEXI PRO are physical devices that connect to the NEXI server. The servers provide all the computer power, graphics and data storage, eliminating the need to purchase a separate computer for each workstation. A special version of NEXI PRO is designed for technical schools and those working with demanding graphics programs.
Check out a quick summary of what NEXINEO can do, direct from its founder:
Virtual classroom solutions save more than 70% of total IT costs, reduce the risk of failures and have a lifespan of up to 10 years, which is not the case with conventional computers. The NEXI GO's low weight, low power consumption also adds up to lower CO₂ emissions and a reduction in e-waste of up to 90% compared to existing equipment.
In addition, NEXINEO offers the highest possible level of cyber protection for terminals, as all processes are localised and centralised on NEXI's on-premise protected server. The data that travels between NEXI GO and the server is always encrypted, eliminating the need to protect and update each workstation separately.
Potential for other institutions
The EU plans to streamline education processes as part of its recovery plan. And the huge potential for NEXINEO certainly does not stop there. There are plenty of opportunities to expand, both geographically and sectorally. The company also sees opportunities to improve its work with data in universities and in more mature markets like the US, Australia and Japan.
¹ European Commission, (2019), 2nd Survey of Schools: ICT in Education Objective 1: Benchmark progress in ICT in schools Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union
² According to numbers provided by European Commission, (2019), 2nd Survey of Schools: ICT in Education Objective 1: Benchmark progress in ICT in schools Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union