Today Kaplan announced the twelve edtech startups that will take part in its second accelerator program. The Kaplan EdTech Accelerator is in partnership with Techstars and takes place in New York City over the course of three months.
The participants were chosen out of a total of 500 applications which is 50% more compared with last year’s batch according to Ed Hanapole, CIO at Kaplan. Eight of the twelve participants come out of New York City.
Each startup, with one exemption, will receive $20k from Techstars in return for equity and an option for a $150k convertible debt note from Kaplan. The exemption is Grockit which was acquired by Kaplan in 2013. It is the first Kaplan team to join the company’s accelerator.
Like last year the startups will receive mentorship from Kaplan executives as well as external industry leaders and investors including Brad Feld and Techstars founder David Cohen. The demo day for the class of 2014 will be on October 22nd.
Branching Minds is an online tool to help identify, understand, and address students’ cognitive strengths and weaknesses while tracking and reporting data across grade levels, classes, and the home-school divide.
ClassWallet is a digital wallet and e-commerce platform letting donors easily give and track donations to K12 classes and also giving teachers decision-making power over budgets and purchases for their classrooms.
Cognotion teaches students language and career skills through story-telling, using online video narratives, gamification features, live simulation, and social media tools.
CreatorBox helps children ages 7–12 years old develop their creativity and practical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through a monthly series of engaging building projects.
Edvisor.io aims to increase access to global educational opportunities by seamlessly connecting schools and educational travel agencies via a worldwide distribution system with integrated web tools.
Grockit is an online tool using adaptive learning, peer-to-peer learning, and game-like motivational features to help students prepare for standardized exams; originally founded in 2007, Grockit was acquired by Kaplan in July 2013.
Lea(R)n runs cost-effective pre-clinical and clinical trials to validate emerging education technologies’ impact on learning outcomes.
reKode teaches computer coding skills to children and young adults—including those with learning challenges and disabilities—in a face-to-face environment, emphasizing peer-to-peer learning, positive development and creativity.
RobotsLAB creates robots as in-classroom teaching aids that help K-12 educators bring to life abstract math and science concepts in fun, engaging ways.
SmartOn teaches “new economy skills” in areas such as coding, data science, social media, and design.
Story to College
Story To College offers online and in-person courses that leverage the neuroscience of storytelling to help students write impactful, effective admissions essays.
TuvaLabs teaches data literacy skills by engaging students through the exploration and use of real data related to students’ own favorite topics and interests.
- Presenting the Accelerator’s Class of 2014 | Kaplan