The Learning Innovation Hub initiated by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation in partnership with NewSchools Venture Fund aims to bridge the gap between edtech entrepreneurs and educators who eventually use their products and services.
50 startups applied to take part in the first program focusing on STEM. The four selected products are now being tested in schools.
With the rapidly growing number of new education technology products and services it gets harder for teachers and school leaders to choose the right provider. Another factor is the implementation of Common Core which currently accelerates the adoption of education technology according to Muhammed Chaudhry, SVEF’s president & CEO.
Through the Learning Innovation Hub and its first STEM iHub Program SVEF aims to give schools access to pre-selected products and services to test in the classroom. The tools are tested and recommended by two separate panels of educators and entrepreneurs. For the current batch four products have been selected out of 50 applications. Below you find the link to an interview Chaudhry gave the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
SVEF also just recently received a $55k grant from the Flextronics Foundation to support the Elevate Math and Elevate Science summer programs this year as well as an education forum.
- The $5B tech-classroom disconnect: Pilot brings startup tools to Silicon Valley teachers | Silicon Valley Business Journal
- Flextronics Foundation grants $55,000 to Silicon Valley Education Foundation | San Jose Mercury News