With Boston’s LearnLaunchX announcing their first cohort of startups last week
and New York City-based Kaplan’s Edtech Accelerator announcing their inaugural class this week, the number of hot startups coming onto the edtech scene has, well, accelerated. (Bet you didn’t see that word play coming.)
The Kaplan Edtech Accelerator (whom we covered along with LearnLaunch X back in February), powered by hot startup accelerator TechStars, announced the 10 startups they accepted into their three-month program on Tuesday. The companies selected will receive a $20,000 equity investment from TechStars and mentoring from Kaplan executives. The mentoring program is meant to prepare the new cohort for a Demo Day in mid-September, where the startups’ founders will present to investors, edtech influencers, and media in hopes of receiving funding. Kaplan will host the inaugural class at their New York City offices from June through September.
“I have been very impressed by not only the level of talent and motivation of these teams, but also their passion to drive real change in education,” said leader of the program Bernardo Rodriguez in a press release. “It will be exciting to work with these entrepreneurs and TechStars, and to see them in action over the next three months.”
The startups in the first class are listed below, with descriptions taken from Kaplan’s press release:
- Degreed: a credentialing solution for lifelong learning that scores and validates a host of different learning inputs.
- Flinja: a peer-to-peer, college-centric job marketplace for students and alumni.
- MentorMob: a crowd-sourced platform that curates the best learning resources for any skill.
- Modern Guild: online career prep service with a learning platform, 1-on-1 mentors and customized curriculum.
- PanOpen: an open educational resource platform providing a framework for shared content.
- Playpower Labs: an online platform of web and mobile math games for students in grades K-8.
- Ranku: a platform for ranking and marketing online, non-profit degree programs.
- Uvize: a service to help military veterans succeed in college academics.
- Verificient Technologies: a solution to scale online proctoring with machine learning.
- Whipsmart: personalized literacy solutions using current news content.
We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on these companies as they develop throughout the summer, and encourage angel investors and other venture capitalists to do the same!