- Modern Guild
- Verificient Technologies
In collaboration with startup accelerator TechStars, education giant Kaplan made the program Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, a grand success. Each EdTech startup was offered office space, mentors, and $20,000 in funding (from TechStars). The startups also had access to the “Kaplan Way for Learning” program, which brings together Science, Technology, and Instructional Design to create learning-based products. The program’s Demo day event took place on Wednesday, 12th of September, 2013. Let’s briefly learn about the 5 of those innovative edtech startups which were showcased on the Demo day.
Theme: Jailbreaks the degree by tracking your lifelong education, both formal and informal.
Fund raised: $900,000
Theme: Giving support to students’ financial need by utilizing their passion & reducing the confusion about future professions by creating great pre–work histories.
Flinja is a San Francisco based company, founded by Victor, Rebecca, Calvin, Ken, and David in 2012. It utilizes the talent and passion of college students to create a freelance workforce. It focuses on the 18-27 year old demographic. It offers students an alternative to the status quo with a college-centric service provider community specifically for students, staff and alumni on campuses across the nation- a place where you could post a service, get hired, make contacts, read and post reviews, and give and receive payments in the same place.
Fund Raised: Raising $1.5 million, has $900,000 committed.
Theme: Step-by-step learning through the Internet’s best content, ordered by people like you.
MentorMob is an online learning platform that allows anyone with a passion for what they do to curate websites, videos, blogs, and more into Learning Playlists. It is a community of innovative learners that helps students find out the best online learning resources for the skills and knowledge they wish to master.
Fund raised: Raising $1.2 million, have 60 percent committed
Theme: Providing the tools and services that schools need to adopt OERs effectively.
PanOpen focuses on four critical areas: Reduces the cost of educational materials, enables faculty to edit, share, adopt and customize their content, allows faculty to monitor student engagement and progress, and creates a revenue sharing mechanism that compensates and recognizes all the stakeholders.
Fund Raised: Raising $500,000, more than a third already committed.
Theme: Aims to gamify Math learning.
Playpower Labs , a Carnegie Mellon educational research initiative, has developed an online platform of Web and Mobile applications for students of grades K-8. Playpowers has come up with its product, Mathify that aims to gamify Math learning. Mathify redefines the digital textbook by transforming traditional Math problems into highly interactive activities and games; it also optimizes digital instruction to maximize learning and student engagement.
Fund raised: Raising $600,000 with $330,000 committed.