Speech Stones & Pocket Prep: 5 EdTech Startups Spotted at ASU-GSV Summit

This week, we headed to San Diego for the 2016 ASU-GSV Summit, a collaboration between Arizona State University and GSV (Global Silicon Valley) that brought in over 3,500 investors, entrepreneurs, educators, policy makers, and other education professionals from around the globe.

Even moreso than at other edtech events we’ve covered, the primary focus of this event seemed to be investment. And at the receiving end of that line were edtech startups pitching left and right to get the right kind of eyes on their product.

We were able to talk to a few of these startups while in San Diego, to get a take on what they’re working on right now and what they’re planning to do in the future. Here are just a few of the companies we met with who told us about the ways their companies are trying to change the face of education.


Interview with Andreas Forsland, founder & CEO
We have smart phones and smart watches, but the future of edtech might lie in Smartstones. A med-tech device that easily crosses over into edtech, Smartstones is designed to help those who can’t speak communicate using a few simple hand motions. Listen to the full interview to learn more.


Interview with Bharani Rajakumar, founder
You don’t have to analyze data or conduct a survey to know that students around the world struggle with math. But according to Bharani Rajakumar, it’s not because they’re innately bad at math. It’s because they don’t have the right resources. And he thinks LearnBop might be able to fix that. Listen to our interview to find out how.


Interview with Pierre Dubuc, founder & CEO
We cover U.S. MOOC companies like Coursera, edX, and Udacity pretty frequently, but what about the rest of the world? We spoke to Pierre Dubuc, founder of the biggest MOOC provider in Europe, to learn more about online learning platforms beyond the U.S. and the English-speaking world.


Interview with Sourabh Ahuja, founder & CEO
We all know those prep school parents who pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars for a college counselor for their children. Some of us had those parents. But what about the families who can’t afford such expensive college prep plans? Sourabh Ahuja, founder of Schoold, thinks his free app could help.


Interview with Marissa Di Pasquale, founder & CEO
Many students believe they’ll never use math again after graduation. But once they enter the real world and need to budget expenses, file taxes, or analyze costs, they realize how wrong they are. Created to help create a practical math foundation for students, Cashtivity helps students prepare for careers through their project-driven learning platform for math.

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.