Winners of SXSWedu’s LAUNCHedu: LearningJar and BloomBoard

Two California-based startup companies won SXSWedu’s first LAUNCHedu pitch competition on Wednesday: LearningJar in the higher education category and BloomBoard in the K-12 category.

LearningJar, headquartered in San Francisco, is an online learning aggregator. It acts as a platform on which users can organize the various places they use to learn – blogs, books, films, and TV – in one simple place. Users can track their learning process and find links via recommendations from contacts and study groups they’re involved with. LearningJar also allows users to monitor their progress in subjects through dynamically assembled graphs that visualize the learning process. Users can link family, friends, and potential employers to their personalized LearningJar so that they can actively monitor their dedication to learning.


BloomBoard, headquartered in Palo Alto, is a resource for teachers that allows them to manage feedback and observation in order to streamline and improve their personal teaching methods. It provides a space for teachers to manage and record goals as well as to find support and solutions for meeting those goals. This personalized platform allows teachers to practically analyze strengths and weaknesses and to find better ways to manage and develop their teaching methods.

If you missed our coverage of the LAUNCHedu program, check out this article for the breakdown.