SXSWedu Announces 2012 LAUNCHedu Finalists
Startups to showcase innovative educational products and business concepts
January 30, 2012, Austin, TX – SXSWedu® Conference today announced the finalists for the inaugural LAUNCHedu competition, a program that allows entrepreneurs to pitch their educational business concepts and educational products to a judging panel of venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs and education practitioners.
The fast-paced competition will feature a full day of presentations in two separate categories – one for K-12 and one for Higher Education. It will take place during SXSWedu Conference on March 7, 2012 at the Hilton Austin Downtown in Austin, TX. The event is built upon the model of the successful Accelerator programs at SXSW® Interactive and SXSW Music Festivals.
“We were extremely impressed by the innovative education business ideas and products that startups submitted for the inaugural LAUNCHedu event,” said Ron Reed, principal, SXSWedu. “Competition was fierce and the LAUNCHedu event promises to be a compelling exhibition of some of the most creative concepts in education today.”
Finalists in the K-12 category are:
Palo Alto, CA
BloomBoard brings the ideals of differentiated instruction to teacher development. We provide free observation and evaluation tools for districts, and use the data collected to build individualized learning plans for teachers. We then deliver personalized recommendations to each teacher from our open marketplace of professional development providers, resources, and workshops.
Long Beach, CA
Chromatik is a music technology company redefining how people practice, perform, and teach music. Built as a learning platform for true musicians, Chromatik provides the tools needed to play music and collaborate with educators via mobile and web applications. Users already include musicians at American Idol, Juilliard, and UCLA.
KinderTown’s educational app store and teaching guide helps busy parents mix learning into everyday play. Available as a free download on the App Store, KinderTown recommends only the best educational apps for preschoolers and young kids. With KinderTown, teachers put fun tools for learning directly into parents hands.
San Francisco, CA
LearnBoost empowers schools and classrooms with freemium administrative software. Track grades online, create and manage lesson plans, generate beautiful reports and analytics, and share progress with parents and students while integrating with Google Apps. Available in +12 languages and used by schools in over 20 countries.
Los Angeles, CA
Reading Kingdom is a groundbreaking, patented online reading program. It is based on the work of Dr. Marion Blank, the Director of the Light on Literacy program at Columbia University and one of the world’s top experts on reading.
Founded in 2006, ScholarCentric uses university research to address the socio-emotional skills that are scientifically linked to student engagement, academic achievement and graduation rates. The flagship suite, Success Highways, includes validated early-warning assessments, research-based curriculum, and capacity-building professional development.
Finalists in the Higher Education category are:
New York, NY
College search and admissions is miserable. CollegeSolved, the HubSpot of college admissions, is a marketing platform for colleges. Our products provide solutions to the key pain points for prospective students and enrollment officers. We help students with discovery and admissions and enrollment officers with identification and targeting of future students.
San Francisco, CA
SP Controls has a strong innovation track record in AV control. When Apple announced the iPad, the potential for a simple, intuitive, mobile AV interface was clear. The result is Doceri – interactive whiteboard and content creation designed for today’s connected and distance learning classrooms at a fraction of the cost.
Einztein Knowledge Exchange
Santa Monica, CA
Einztein is the social learning network for higher education and lifelong learners. We bring the power of social networking to learning and enable anyone to create an online learning community for resource sharing, collaboration and discussion.
Santa Monica, CA
GYLO is an educational software company with leading expertise in creating games & simulations embedded with stealth assessment. GYLO helps publishers facing 3 major challenges: rise of free content, transformation of paper-to-digital, and transition to Common Core Standards. Publishers license GYLO’s technologies for revenue sharing, consulting fees, and support contracts.
San Francisco, CA
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Winners of LAUNCHedu will receive a modest cash stipend and a variety of consulting services from LAUNCHedu advisory board members and supporting organizations.
LAUNCHedu is overseen by an advisory board consisting of more than a dozen nationally recognized leaders within the educational business and educational technology fields. Members of this diverse, experienced group are Michael Crosno, founder, CEO and chairman, MyEdu; Jack Chorowsky, chief operating officer, KIPP New York; Tom Gilligan, dean, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin; Gary June, chief marketing and business development officer, Pearson Education; Sergio Monsalve, principal, Norwest Venture Partners; John Mullen, vice president and general manager, Education, State & Local Government, Dell, Inc; Hugh Norwood, president, Trinity Education Group; Adam Dell, venture partner, Austin Ventures; Deborah Quazzo, co-founder, GSV Advisors; Greg Ratliff, senior program officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Drew Scheberle, senior vice president, Education & Talent, Austin Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Shelstad, CEO, Flatworld Knowledge; and Deepak Sindwani, principal, Bain Capital Ventures.