Kaplan EdTech Accelerator Launches in NYC

The Kaplan EdTech Accelerator announced the 10 edtech startups selected to participate in its three-month mentoring and business development program beginning today.

These are:
– Degreed, a San Francisco, CA-based provided of a credentialing solution for lifelong learning that scores and validates a host of different learning inputs
– Flinja, a San Francisco, CA-based peer-to-peer, college-centric job marketplace for students and alumni
– MentorMob, a Chicago, IL-based crowd-sourced platform that curates the best learning resources for any skill
– Modern Guild, a New York, NY-based online career prep service with a learning platform, 1-on-1 mentors and customized curriculum
– PanOpen, a New York, NY-based open educational resource platform providing a framework for shared content
– Playpower Labs, a Pittsburgh, PA-based online platform of web and mobile math games for students in grades K-8
– Ranku, a New York, NY-based platform for ranking and marketing online, non-profit degree programs
– Uvize, a Boulder, CO-based a service to help military veterans succeed in college academics
– Verificient Technologies, a New York, NY-based solution to scale online proctoring with machine learning
– Whipsmart, a New York, NY-based personalized literacy solutions using current news content

The accelerator, which uses TechStars‘ mentor-driven model, will host the startups at Kaplan‘s offices in New York City’s West Village neighborhood until September 2013.

The teams will be mentored by industry leaders, such as Kaplan Chairman and CEO Andy Rosen, TechStars founder and CEO David Cohen, Washington Post Company Chairman and CEO Don Graham, venture capitalist and Foundry Group Managing Director Brad Feld, and other founders of ed-tech companies, including Jose Ferreira of Knewton and Burck Smith of StraighterLine.

The program will culminate in Demo Day (mid-September), when the startups’ founders will pitch to angel and venture investors and education industry influencers, with the goal of raising funding to grow their companies.



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