LearnLaunchX Names Seven Edtech Startups to Winter 2014 Accelerator Program
BOSTON, MA—February 10, 2014—New England’s leading edtech accelerator program LearnLaunchX announced its second cohort comprised of seven early stage education technology companies. Companies were selected based on their potential to bring significant innovation to the education technology and learning market.
“Our entrepreneurs are coming here from all over the world,” said Jean Hammond, a LearnLaunchX partner. “Boston is the center of edtech innovation and provides unparalleled support to startups. We intend to take our companies to the point where they have validated their business models and become attractive prospects for investors.”
For the second cohort, Hammond and her colleagues used a new interviewing technique of having teams send in videos with team members introducing each other. The following companies made the final cut to participate in the Winter 2014 accelerator program:
- Campuscene – a modern and engaging college search platform that serves both applicants and admissions offices.
- QuadWrangle – a software platform for more personal and valuable alumni engagement.
- uConnect – a campus recruiting platform that is changing the way colleges and universities provide career services to their students.
- CueThink – creator of Quantum, a game-based, peer-to-peer learning platform for math problem solving.
- Hstry – a digital tool which enables teachers, students, and historians to construct interactive historical timelines for the digital classroom.
- Skaffl – creator of Braket, a mobile-first teaching and learning platform for the 1:1 K-12 classroom.
- Book&Table – an educational marketplace for people to create, discover, and purchase personalized courses.
LearnLaunchX’s three-month, intensive accelerator program provides edtech startups with seed funding, six months of workspace, strategic guidance on bringing their products to the market, and a diverse team of industry-savvy mentors. The Winter 2014 accelerator program will culminate with the LearnLaunchX Demo Day in May, when the startups will pitch their companies to invests to secure follow on funding.
QuadWrangle founder Nick Zeckets said he was excited about the opportunity for him and his team to get outside their own heads. “You spend so much time thinking about your own business that context becomes a challenge,” Zeckets said. “Even with as much time as we spend with our customers and market. We’re excited to learn from and with the partners, mentors, and other cohort members.”
For more information on LearnLaunchX, visit them at www.learnlaunchx.com.
Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.