EDGE EdTech Launches in NYC for EdTech startups

A new edtech accelerator is being offered in New York City and it’s attracting some attention due to its veteran founders. Don Burton, the former managing director of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, and Jonathan Harber, former CEO of Pearson K12 Technology and TechStars EdTech Accelerator mentor, have teamed up to launch the 2015 EDGE Accelerator program.

Burton successfully accelerated over 20 edtech companies, including Degreed, and Newsela, and Harber is an entrepreneur behind Schoolnet, which Pearson purchased for $230 million.

Ten companies will be selected for the program and will receive $170,000 in funding along with mentoring and resources. The program runs from September to December 2015.

The intensive three-month mentor-led Accelerator will be housed in EDGE’s offices in New York City and provides mentorship, coaching, legal services, development expertise, sales consulting, and business development. It is designed to help entrepreneurs secure their next round of financing and will lead up to a Demo Day where companies will present to a network of angel and venture capital education investors.

“Some of the greatest challenges in global education will be solved through edtech startups,” said Harber in a statement. “By creating an ecosystem of innovation in New York City, we will unleash the next generation of companies and entrepreneurs to improve the world.”

The EDGE Accelerator will provide access to powerful networks of experienced leaders in the education and technology fields. Mentors, advisors and speakers are lined up to participate in the program include EdTech CEOs from companies like BrainScape and Knowledge Delivery Systems, educational publishing leaders from McGraw Hill Education and Pearson, edtech investors, policy experts, and more.

Burton said they work with the best, “From talented teams with an amazing prototype to startups with over a million in financing and a growing customer base. We are excited to launch the EDGE Accelerator, build companies, mentor entrepreneurs, and change the future of education and learning.”

The accelerator program is accepting applications through June 25th. Interested edtech startups can apply here.

Michelle Harven

Michelle Harven

Michelle is a current graduate student at Emerson College and an intern at Boston's public radio station. She enjoys exploring the world of educational technology and writing about the ever-changing sector and its potential.