In the last three month period, EdTech attracted $690 million of venture capital, reaching $4 billion of total private investment for the year, up two thirds from the previous year and quadruple two years prior. This was the trendline for EdTech venture capital investment at the end of 2000. After the dotCom crash, it would be another decade until 2012 when EdTech would again draw in $1 billion of total private investment, repeating in 2013 and likely again in 2014 (nearly $600 […]
It was with some measure of bemusement that I scrolled through Pando Daily’s recent, breathless tell-all “Everything you need to know about the four most active edtech investors,” particularly when I realized their exposé was hardly exhaustive and their list of “most active” investors was actually rather inaccurate, whether in terms of capital deployed, influence, or even the number of investments completed.
Steven Wellvang and Christopher Nyren of Educelerate (and its fast growing Twin Cities meetup) had the pleasure of organizing Twin Cities StartupWeekend EDU along with the classroom technology integration specialist Kristin Daniels of TIES. With the support of 30 other coaches, judges and volunteers, we welcomed 85 participants who with support from our facilitator Seij Takamura (from StartupWeekend headquarters, though a Minnesota native), delivered over 25 separate pitches on opening night. From this controlled chaos of “PitchFire,” we formed 8 final teams to work through the Weekend toward our final demos.
This Educelerate Event was recorded on April 10th, 2014 and presented by Christopher Nyren, Founder of Educelerate. Educelerate holds a gathering space for Ed Tech leaders in the industry with the educators and entrepreneurs who share their interests. This next episode, taken from Educelerate 16: The Big 5, invites listeners and viewers to get inside the Big Five Education Publishers, and see how the transition from print to digital is going.
We at Educelerate are proud to help break the industry transforming news of the newest (and biggest) entrant in the MOOC space, UNext.com. Launching today with a $150 million investment led by Larry Ellison and Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe, UNext has raised more than Cousera, Udacity, edX , NovoED and Udemy combined. The startup is based upon a new academic alliance made up of the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Columbia University, Carnegie-Mellon University and the London School of Economics which have together […]
4.0 Schools is calling all EdTech startups to to apply for its next Launch program.
Following upon our November post The First Crack of the EdTech Hype Bubble of 2011-2013, I wanted to step back and take a longer term view over the past three investment cycles of 1998-2014 and assess what might be learned about those edtech startups to successfully scale, or at least achieve outsized liquidity events.
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Vicky Guo of Educelerate, with snarky editorializing by Christopher Nyren. You can follow them both on Twitter at, respectively, @vickyguo66 and @cnyren or, collectively, @Educelerate. Educelerate has been hanging out at the annual SXSWedu conference in Austin this week. Having attending the full range of education conferences from those for investors in public equities (BMO Capital Markets “Back to School”) and venture capital (ASU EI Summit) or online educators in K-12 (iNACOL) and Higher Ed (Sloan C), we can […]
This guest post was written by Kristen Daniels, an Education Technology Consultant at TIES. She also co-designed and implemented FlippedPD, a model of professional development utilizing digital resources along with a job-embedded coaching model to create personalized professional development for teachers
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Geeta Raj, the founder of The Global Sleepover. You can follow her on Twitter @globalsleepover and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org The 2014 BETT Show (British Educational Training and Technology) took place this past week in the massive ExCeL Center (Exhibition Centre London). It’s impossible to get through all the exhibitions, presenters, seminars and one-on-one networking in one day — and far harder still to capture all of that in a blog post! Unique among global conferences, attendee […]
This next episode, taken from Educelerate 13.5: Lead Gen for EDU, invites listeners and viewers to get an idea of what the marketing side of education looks like.
This Educelerate Event was recorded on November 14th, 2013 and presented by Christopher Nyren, Founder of Educelerate. Educelerate holds a gathering space for Ed Tech leaders in the industry with the educators and entrepreneurs who share their interests. This next episode, taken from Educelerate 13: Adult and Online Education, digs into the challenges of engaging students with MOOCs and online college programs.
In the wake of the the industrial revolution, ideas about optimizing the manufacturing process had begun to surface in an effort to increase productivity. One promising tactic was to condition specialized employees by assigning each a specific role in the manufacturing chain. The result? Efficiencies shot through the roof.
Kno’s consumer-focused model, seeking to sell what is ultimately a feature for an entrenched oligarchical of suppliers, was doomed from the beginning — just ask that 2000 era startup that was charging for digitized book content before Google made available for free all the books it was copying at the University of Michigan.
What a fantastic weekend! This week marked the first Startup Weekend Education which took place in Chicago, IL at National Louis University. Startup Weekend Edu is a global movement of entrepreneurs empowering people to take matters into their own hands and use their creativity to solve big problems in education. This weekend saw a huge turnout of educators, parents, college deans, and others with a vested interest in helping to move education forward in creative ways.
A brief update from Educelerate as we sit here at hour 34 Midnight on Saturday of the 54 hour Chicago StartupWeekend EDU. We took on the challenge of organizing this Weekend knowing it was the very first such event across the entire Midwest (let alone Chicago), but also understanding we could tap into the awesome edupreneurial ecosystem in Chicago and across the US through Educelerate, Educated Ventures, Dan Rezac and EdReach and, of course, the StartupWeekend and Up Global organization, including SW EDU general […]
One unexpected happy outcome of declining enrollments at for-profit schools and their related focus on improved student academic measures has been the dramatic decrease in the broader industry’s god-awful ads.
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Danielle Chutinthranond, a UX designer for a startup in Chicago, IL. You can follow her on Twitter @daniellechut When people ask me what I do for a living, I normally say that I’m a designer. I consider design the practice of identifying and defining a problem, and solving that problem with the domain-specific resources available. User Experience (UX) designers focus on creating products with intuitive interfaces and efficient interactions that put […]