LearningJar (Higher Ed), a platform for informal learning, and BloomBoard (K-12), a social, professional development platform, won the LAUNCHedu challenge at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas Wednesday among six higher ed and six K-12 startup projects. Both groups were awarded a trip to San Francisco to meet with venture capital firms, a consultation with the Advisory Board, and a one-on-one media relations consultation.
Runner-ups at LAUNCHedu included the following:
- KinderTown: http://kindertown.com
- Reading Kingdom: http://readingkingdom.com
- Chromatik: http://chromatic.com
- LearnBoost: http://learnboost.com
- ScholarCentric: http://scholarcentric
- College Solved: http://osu.collegesolved.com
- Einztein: http://einztein.com
- Doceri: http://doceri.com
- Gylo: http://gylo.com
- Matygo: http://matygo.com
During the lightning rounds, the audience was encouraged to ask questions, make comments, and vote using a special learning management system (LMS). The audience votes combined with the judges’ feedback narrowed down the list to six groups that presented longer pitches during a final session.
BloomBoard and Chromatik are portfolio companies of Learn Capital where Tom is a partner