In conjunction with its upcoming Education Innovation Forum and Expo: Leveraging i3 to Drive an Innovation Culture, the Aspen Institute is sponsoring a venture fair on January 19  in Washington, DC to highlight opportunities for investors in the growing education technology sector.  The forum is a collaborative effort with Investors’ Circle and Startl.  The goal is to encourage investment in innovative education solutions that hold the potential to improve student performance.

“This event will begin a much needed national dialogue on how to effectively create a more innovation friendly policy environment as well as attract more private equity investment to the education space,” said Gary Huggins, executive director, the Aspen Institute’s Commission on NCLB.

The DC based Forum will also be webcasting the proceedings at and tweeting updates using the hashtag #EdInno.  edReformer will be live tweeting and blogging from the events.

Speakers include: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, News Corporation Executive VP Joel Klein, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Deputy Director of Education Stacey Childress, Stupski Foundation CEO Susan Colby, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek, US Department of Education Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement Jim Shelton, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Goldman Sachs Managing Director Carlos Watson, Warburg Pincus Managing Director Adarsh Sarma, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO Barry O’Callaghan, North Carolina AT&T State President Cynthia Marshall, Bellwether Partners  CEO Kim Smith, Learn Capital Managing Partner Tom Vander Ark, NeXt Advisors Co-Founder Michael Moe, Ecko Enterprises CEO Mark Ecko, Investors’ Circle CEO Suzanne Biegel, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra.

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