Giglets was founded in 2011 by Craig Johnstone, Jax McGhee and Dr. Karsten Karcher. We started out with a simple idea; make classic stories more accessible and engaging, so as not to lose them in a digital age. However, through our own voyage of learning, we’ve engaged with a wider community of pupils, teachers, parents, artists, writers, storytellers, enterprises and charities, and with all this wonderful support we’ve created something we could never have imagined.
Discover how Giglets evolved by exploring the timeline of our very own story.
Founded in Ayrshire
Giglets was founded in Ayrshire, Scotland in June 2011 by Craig Johnstone, Jax McGhee and Dr. Karsten Karcher. The first ebooks were created and launched via iTunes, Amazon, Kobo and others in over 50 countries.
Contracts with language organisations such as the Gaelic Books Council (GBC) and Culture Vannin / Manx Heritage Founation are awarded.
Our first awards are achieved with 'ScotEDGE Award' winning £46,500. We are also recognised with a Scottish Parliament Motion for 'contributions to digital reading'.
18 months of first core software development. EdTech transformation. We form our partnership with 256 Kelvin Limited.
Our Software as a Service launches. First schools in Scotland and Wales come onboard. Contracts are awarded from the Welsh and Irish Government bodies. Honeycomb Creative Works 'Captivate Award' £20,000 winner.
We acquire contracts with The Hunter Foundation, Highlands and Islands Enterprises (HIE) and Explore Learning. Partnership with KidsOut UK for WorldStories to 2,000 educators worldwide.
Exciting times as growth in Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland continues. We form partnerships with Juniper Education and BĂ˛rd na GĂ idhlig. We close the year with a £1.3m Scottish Government MCNG win.
Growth of WorldStories to over 15,000 educators worldwide. Scottish Government launch. 'Education & Training Award' at national Scottish Digital Business Awards. MCNG is launched.
Welsh Government framework win. East Ayrshire Council framework win. Launch of multi-language user interfaces.
Giglets continues to provide world class online learning experiences throughout COVID and sees our user base grow to in excess of 100,000 learners.
Giglets wins the EdTech Impact teacher recommended award. We are now working with over 400 schools. Our team grows to 12, covering all corners of the UK. Giglets also goes international by launching in Ontario, Canada.
In March 2022 Giglets is acquired by the leading Nordic EdTech player, Swedenâ€™s ILT Education, in a deal backed by the social impact private equity investor Trill Impact in a seven figure deal as the Giglets team embark on the next phase of growth in the UK and internationally.
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