Edtech Global Leader: Martin McKay

Martin McKay, Texthelp’s CEO, founder, and former CTO, established the company in 1996 to aid those with communication difficulties. Initially, it focused on profound speech and dexterity disabilities, but it has since evolved into a global education technology leader, enhancing reading, writing, and math skills for all learners.

For his devotion to edtech, Martin received the 2017 Presidential Award for lifelong contributions to dyslexia and literacy from the International Dyslexia Association. In 2021, he accepted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, meeting King Charles III at Windsor Castle. Martin now advises the Universal Design for Learning council and holds the title of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland 2022.

When school closures hit in 2020, technology was needed to bridge the student-teacher-gap for learning to continue. With Martin’s quick thinking to ‘make sure Texthelp’s tools work where students work’ and by switching their product roadmap, Texthelp’s tool usage grew exponentially (Equatio increased by 400%).

Martin’s recent dyslexia diagnosis made him even more committed to his lifelong passion of helping everyone understand and be understood.

He’s dedicated to helping people overcome barriers to learning and succeeding. Difficulties he knows because he experiences them himself. He was worried what impact disclosing his diagnosis would have on investors due to the stigma around the disability—a stigma he’s committed to changing through his mission to advance the literacy and understanding of 1 Billion people by 2030 through innovative technologies. Texthelp has already impacted over 200 Million individuals worldwide in schools and workplaces.

For these reasons and more, Martin McKay is The EdTech Leadership Awards 2024 Winner for “Best Global Leader” as part of The EdTech Awards from EdTech Digest. Learn more


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