New classes of edtech accelerators galore this month! Hot on the heels of Kaplan’s and LearnLaunchX’s announcements, Pearson Catalyst for Education last night announced their inaugural class of startups who will be participating in their program. Because Pearson is a London-based company, the initiative is virtual — the Canada and U.S.-based companies that were selected will operate out of their own offices.
Over 200 applicants applied for the program, and the lucky startups chosen will receive $10,000 each for travelling and other costs. In addition, each company selected will be matched with a Pearson brand to address a specific category of edtech tools, such as test prep tools, online course tools, and more. Thus, the startups selected for the accelerator program offered the best products for their specific category.
“The six companies selected for the first Pearson Catalyst for Education program were chosen for their innovation and talented teams, along with their ability to address specific business opportunities and challenges in the education sector. We recognize the potential of each of the companies we’ve selected as a leader in their field, and look forward to collaborating throughout the program,” said Diana Stepner, Head of Future Technologies at Pearson in a press release.
You’ll find descriptions of the companies listed below, along with the category of edtech tools they are addressing. Descriptions are taken from the press release:
- Certification test prep application: VLinks Media, a platform that gives world-class content creators the ability to deliver courses to learners on mobile devices and the Web. (Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.)
- Health profession simulations: Spongelab, a science education website for teachers and students that provides a free online collection of multimedia including educational games, videos, images, and lesson plans, with a focus on game-based learning. (Toronto, Ontario CANADA)
- MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) premium content-as-a-service and access: Ace Learning Company, an institutional and publisher platform, as well as a direct-to-student marketing website powered by LearningAce.com. (Los Gatos, CA, U.S.A.)
- New student web services: ClassOwl, a social academic platform made by students for students, which provides a single planner that allows students to follow their classes and student groups in one place, created by a multidisciplinary team of Stanford University undergraduate students. (Palo Alto, California U.S.A.)
- Repurposing existing literature content into a new digital offering: ActivelyLearn™, an online e-reader that empowers teachers to reach students inside a digital text. (Seattle, Washington U.S.A.)
- Tool to identify student cheating: Full Stack Data Science – an analysis shop that specializes in natural language and text processing with big data and applied machine learning. (Washington, D.C., U.S.A.)