LearnLaunch BREAKTHROUGH Accelerator Startups Pitch at Demo Day
Today we are attending LearnLaunch Demo Day at District Hall in Boston. The event will feature presentations from the five edtech startups participating in the LearnLaunch BREAKTHROUGH program, and will serve as a graduation of sorts from the accelerator.
LearnLaunch is a Boston-based education technology community that promotes creativity and ingenuity. The LearnLaunch Accelerator program fosters crucial relationships between strategic partners and provides financial support to early stage edtech startups, by providing seed funding, weekly meetings with mentors, and a comprehensive edtech-focused curriculum to help navigate the education field.
LearnLaunch’s traditional accelerator program is a three-month program designed to help edtech startups flourish in a collaborative environment of like-minded edtech professionals. The LearnLaunch BREAKTHROUGH Program is a little different from the traditional program, as it is designed for companies with more traction and an established following. BREAKTHROUGH is a four-week intensive series that provides workshops in business optimization, finance, and product roadmapping.
Demo Day is an event that connects edtech startups with strategic partners, investors and other education professionals. The five companies presenting at Demo Day are given seven minutes to pitch their product and prove traction to the leading members of the edtech industry.
5 EdTech Startups at LearnLaunch BREAKTHROUGH Demo Day 2016
Chalk Talk is an online, personalized SAT Prep tool for high school students. The platform is data-driven, utilizing advanced performance reports and analytics to design the best course of study for global SAT test takers. The Internet-based classes, adaptive exercises, and interactive workshops give students a customized study plan that they can follow at their own pace. Memberships include full-length exams, practice questions, detailed answer explanations, video modules, and progress reports.
Cram Fighter is another standardized test study device, but instead of helping high schoolers prepare for the SAT, it aids graduate students study for the USMLE, COMPLEX, Shelf, CFA, MCAT, or NCLEX. The app generates a personalized study schedule for students to optimize time and energy spent studying. Cram Fighter was a personal mission for creator Amit Mathew who sought a solution for his wife’s tireless medical board exam studying. It is currently marketed for students in the medical and financial field, but Mathew hopes to broaden the demographic with potential connections made through Demo Day.
Edu Metrics is a data gathering and reporting tool for K-12 schools to analyze the social sciences of a school in order to make better decisions about the future of a school. The EduMetrics apps use student, teacher, and parent input to create actionable reports. Currently, the company offers two apps: Baseline Assessment Test (BAT) and iNoted. BAT assesses Kindergarten through second grade students to establish valid education starting points. iNoted is designed to minimize the time and reluctance of feedback questionnaires. The app asks fewer, but more specific questions at a convenient time chosen by the student. iNoted Grad is an additional app from EduMetrics that allows schools to follow up with students post-grad.
Riipen is a service for connecting organizations with faculty-supervised industry projects completed by university and college students. It’s aim is to build employer brands, curate a large recruiting pool of potential employees, crowdsource for specific jobs and projects, and cultivate a team that work well socially and professionally. The tool connects students and companies to create meaningful, productive brands. Riipen acts as both an advanced job listings board that clearly lays out opportunities (everything from an interview with the company to a cash stipend) and also as a database for employers to see student profiles with their completed projects.
Other companies scheduled to appear include: Knowledge To Practice, Listen Current, CueThink, Authess, Hstry, TeachersConnect, Education Modified, Quadwrangle, Cashtivity, Empow Studios, uConnect, Learning Games Studios
Gretchen Kuhsel is a junior journalism student at Emerson College, where she is the assistant lifestyle editor at The Berkeley Beacon. Her work has also been published in various campus magazines and The Connecticut Post. When she’s not writing, she’s spending far too much time online shopping or balancing upside down on her yoga mat.