Kaplan EdTech Accelerator 2014

Overview: The Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Class of 2014

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

Branching Minds

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.

Links

branchingminds.com | Twitter


ClassWallet

ClassWallet

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.

Links

classwallet.com | Twitter | Facebook


Cognotion

Cognotion

Cognotion teaches students language and career skills through story-telling, using online video narratives, gamification features, live simulation, and social media tools.

Links

cognotion.com | Twitter | Facebook


CreatorBox

CreatorBox

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.

Links

creatorbox.com | Twitter


Edvisor

Edvisor.io

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.

Links

edvisor.io | Twitter


Grockit

Grockit

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.

Links

grockit.com | Twitter | Facebook


Lea(R)n

Lea(R)n

Lea(R)n runs cost-effective pre-clinical and clinical trials to validate emerging education technologies’ impact on learning outcomes.

Links

learntrials.com | TwitterLinkedIn


reKode

reKode

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.

Links

rekode.com | Twitter | Facebook


RobotsLab

RobotsLab

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.

Links

robotslab.com | Twitter | Facebook


Smarton

SmartOn

SmartOn teaches “new economy skills” in areas such as coding, data science, social media, and design.

Links

smarton.co | Twitter | Facebook


Story to College

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.

Links

storytocollege.com | Twitter | Facebook


TuvaLabs

TuvaLabs

TuvaLabs teaches data literacy skills by engaging students through the exploration and use of real data related to students’ own favorite topics and interests.

Links

tuvalabs.com | Twitter | Facebook


Further Reading

  • Presenting the Accelerator’s Class of 2014 | Kaplan

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.