Kirsten Winkler

“If you’re looking for “what’s next” in education, Kirsten Winkler should be your starting point — her passion for the education space is unparalleled, and her ability to connect the dots between innovative people and organizations makes her second to none.”

Dave Schappell, Founder & CEO TeachStreet

Kirsten Winkler started her career in edtech as an online language tutor and was amongst the first “edupreneurs” in 2008.

Over the years Kirsten established herself as one of the pre-eminent blogger in the education technology space.


January 2009

Due to her success, she began writing about her experiences in this rather new market in January 2009 on this blog, giving other aspiring edupreneurs some counseling and started connecting with the emerging start-ups in her field. The blog quickly became one of the leading outlets in education 2.0, winning the Edublog Awards in the category “Best New Blog” in 2009.

August 2009

In addition to her personal blog she founded EDUKWEST in August 2009 as a video interview series, covering promising start-ups and companies in education 2.0 early on. Today, EDUKWEST consists of a small team of online education experts covering the various fields and markets in education.

Fair Languages
August 2012

Going back to her roots in language learning, Kirsten launched a new blog dedicated to this space in August 2012. Fair Languages is a source for trends, tips, resources and information for language learners and teachers & tutors. Its mission is to offer guidance and product reviews for self-learners and professionals who want to offer new ways of learning to their students.

Today’s Campus
September 2012 – June 2013

Kirsten joined Today’s Campus, one of the leading magazines in the higher education space as Innovation Editor in September 2012. Similar to her work at EDUKWEST Kirsten sat down with innovation leaders to talk about their products and visions for higher education.

Disrupt Education
May 2011

In April 2011 Kirsten started her blog “Disrupt Education” for Big Think where she discusses trends in education ahead of the curve targeting an audience outside of the education tech scene.

edcetera – straight talk on ed tech
April 2012

In her weekly column for edcetera – straight talk on ed tech  Kirsten talks about digital textbooks, data and technology in the classroom.

Fractus Learning
May 2012 – September 2013

In her weekly column for Fractus Learning Kirsten wrote about interesting tools for teachers and social media in the classroom.

E-Teachers Academy
May 2009

Her latest venture in education 2.0 is the re-launch of the E-Teachers Academy. Founded in early 2009 as the business school for online teachers the ETAcademy relaunched as EDUKWEST Academy in July 2014.


February 2010

In early 2010 Kirsten founded WinklerMedia and is working together with both established companies and start-ups in education on a variety of different projects like social media strategies or business development opportunities in e-learning.

GrayMatter Foundation
May 2011

Since May 2011 she has also been an advisor to the GrayMatter Foundation, a non-profit that aims to raise funds for student projects.

March 2011

Kirsten is working with the founding team on strategies to attract publishers as well as the implementation of a Language Graph that tracks the learning progress and shares the data through an open sourced API.

Social Entrepreneur

Deutsch Happen
April 2008

From 2008 onwards Kirsten has maintained a project called “Deutsch Happen” with the aim to help people with an interest to learn German through free yet valuable video lessons via YouTube. In 2011 the Deutsch Happen Facebook Fan Page was nominated as one of the “Top 25 Language Fan Pages” by Lexiophiles.

TWiST Paris
July 2010 – December 2012

Kirsten also mentors young entrepreneurs and is the organizer of TWiST Paris, a meet-up in collaboration with US entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis based on the popular webcast This Week in Startups.