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Will China Be The Next Education Superpower? November 24, 2014 1:34 am

Will China Be The Next Education Superpower?

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Todd Maurer, one of the leading authorities on the Asian education markets.  Todd is a partner in Educated Ventures and founder of Sinica Advisors, where he leads Asian and cross-border strategic and M&A projects.  You can follow Todd on Twitter @td_maurer or read his longer form blog posts at Edunomics. From A Nation at Risk to US Education Reform and National Security, education and economic competitiveness have long been part of America’s geopolitical calculus.  But with an emergent China gradually moving toward deeper innovation and a smarter workforce, the […]

Chicago StartupWeekend EDU: Pairs ‘n Carrots October 3, 2014 8:38 pm

Chicago StartupWeekend EDU: Pairs ‘n Carrots

This past weekend, Startup Weekend Education returned to Chicago and the site of last year’s highly successful event, National Louis University.  To build on all the success of the 2013 Chicago SWEDU, we created a one-day conference around Higher Education Startups in Success (kicked off by the superlative Howard Tullman and closed by the incomparable Ron Packard) and assembled another amazing team of coaches, judges and sponsors, including National Louis University (which donated our space, technical support and our judge, president Nivine Megahed), The Joyce Foundation, Apollo […]

Why We Love Startup Weekend Education September 12, 2014 1:11 am

Why We Love Startup Weekend Education

On September 26, Startup Weekend Education returns to Chicago and the site of last year’s highly successful event, National Louis University.  To capitalize on this excitement, Educelerate is also partnering with NLU and SWEDU to create our very first Educelerate Conference on the Friday of StartupWeekend. Building upon NLU’s mission serving non-traditional students, our Conference panels will address innovative approaches to serving adult, online and other non-traditional students with equal parts focus on pedagogy for the practitioners in our audience as well as actionable business strategies for the entrepreneurs and […]

Educelerate XVIII: New School Models in K-12 Education August 5, 2014 9:57 pm

Educelerate XVIII: New School Models in K-12 Education

This Educelerate Event was recorded on July 31st, 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 18: New School Models in K-12 Education, invites listeners and viewers to join our panel discussion on New Models in K-12 Education. Watch experts in Blended and Flipped Learning, Maker and Place-based Education, and Charters and Independent Schools including:

The EdTech Failings of Silicon Valley June 16, 2014 2:29 pm

The EdTech Failings of Silicon Valley

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 million […]

Learning from EdTech’s Most Active Investors and Investments May 19, 2014 9:55 am

Learning from EdTech’s Most Active Investors and Investments

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.

Twin Cities StartupWeekend EDU: Recap and Finals May 5, 2014 6:23 pm

Twin Cities StartupWeekend EDU: Recap and Finals

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.

Educelerate XVI: The Big 5 Publishers April 11, 2014 2:12 pm

Educelerate XVI: The Big 5 Publishers

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.

UNext Eats MOOCs: Raises $150mm From Larry Ellison And Partners With Chicago And Stanford April 1, 2014 10:00 am

UNext Eats MOOCs: Raises $150mm From Larry Ellison And Partners With Chicago And Stanford

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 […]

April 11th Deadline to Apply for 4.0 Schools Next Launch Program April 1, 2014 9:00 am

April 11th Deadline to Apply for 4.0 Schools Next Launch Program

4.0 Schools is calling all EdTech startups to to apply for its next Launch program.

EdTech Unicorns: Learning from the (Half) Billion-Dollar Startups March 11, 2014 12:24 pm

EdTech Unicorns: Learning from the (Half) Billion-Dollar Startups

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.

SXSWedu LAUNCHedu: The Rise of the Drones March 6, 2014 7:14 am

SXSWedu LAUNCHedu: The Rise of the Drones

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 […]

Educelerate Twin Cities: Emerging Trends in Professional Development February 12, 2014 9:55 am

Educelerate Twin Cities: Emerging Trends in Professional Development

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

A Report from the Floor at the BETT Show January 26, 2014 10:28 pm

A Report from the Floor at the BETT Show

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 graj@globalsleepover.com 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 […]

Educelerate 13.5: Lead Gen for EDU December 27, 2013 4:56 pm

Educelerate 13.5: Lead Gen for EDU

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.

Educelerate XIII: Adult and Online Education November 26, 2013 2:08 pm

Educelerate XIII: Adult and Online Education

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.

Education and The American Industrial Complex, In Brief November 23, 2013 4:21 pm

Education and The American Industrial Complex, In Brief

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.

The First Crack of EdTech 2.0: The EdTech Hype Bubble of 2011-2013 November 11, 2013 11:33 am

The First Crack of EdTech 2.0: The EdTech Hype Bubble of 2011-2013

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.