LearnLaunch Accelerator Announces First Cohort of Second fund; Expands Investment Staff

LearnLaunch Accelerator, the Boston, MA-based education technology startup program, announced the first cohort of its second fund, LearnLaunch Accelerator II, as well as the expansion of its investment staff.

The five edtech startups which will participate in the Breakthrough program beginning on January 9th will receive up to $120k in financing as well as an intensive two-month personalized curriculum designed to stimulate growth and assist in raising capital.

The five companies are:
– CareAcademy, which provides evidence-based online classes for non-medical professional and family caregivers,
– CourseStorm, which enables simple online course registration by providing a platform for organizations to publish their catalog online and for students to find and register for classes,
– Kaymbu, a classroom documentation and family engagement platform for early education programs,
– Quality Interactions, which delivers cultural competency training for healthcare organizations and learning solutions that incorporate real-life scenarios, backed by a research-based approach to cross-cultural communication, and
– WriteSteps, which provides daily lessons, visual aids, and teaching demonstration videos to improve K-5 writing and grammar skills.

Led by Liam Pisano, Managing Director, LearnLaunch has added three new venture partners who will be joining the team to work with portfolio companies and sit on the Accelerator Investment Committee.
They are:
– Tetyana Astashkina, which formerly worked in Switzerland with b-to-v Partners – an early stage VC firm backed by Europe’s largest network of angel investors. Tetyana’s investments covered a broad spectrum of areas from consumer internet to clean technologies.
– Eric Cantor, a seasoned CEO and board member with more than 35 years of experience creating value for investors. He is currently the CEO of New Mountain Learning (NML), a learning solutions company serving select segments of the secondary, post-secondary, and career readiness markets.
– Steve Shapiro, who brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer of Academic Merit.



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