StartEd and NYU Steinhardt Launch NY EdTech Accelerator and Incubator

StartEd and NYU Steinhardt Launch NY EdTech Accelerator and Incubator

StartEd Companies, Inc., a public-benefit corporation, today announced a collaboration with the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University to galvanize the education innovation ecosystem and provide programming in the fields of education entrepreneurship and education technologies.

The centerpiece of this collaboration will be an EdTech Accelerator and Incubator on NYU's Washington Square campus.

NYU Steinhardt - StartEd Incubator
The collaboration will include an Incubator for Edtech companies housed in a historic NYU Steinhardt building near Washington Square Park in the heart of Greenwich Village. Edtech companies can join the NYU Steinhardt community and work in an open-creative environment together with NYU faculty and students.

NYU Steinhardt Edtech Accelerator powered by StartEd
The NYU Steinhardt Edtech Accelerator powered by StartEd is now accepting applications for the October 2016 class from innovative startups focused on technology solutions to improve education and learning -- across all stages from birth through lifelong learning. Each of the 10 companies selected for the program will receive up to $170,000 in funding. Applications are available at Rolling admissions begin immediately with final selections concluding in early September.

The intensive three-month mentor-led Accelerator program, dedicated to education entrepreneurship, will run from October 2 to December 21, 2016. It provides mentorship, coaching, legal services, development expertise, sales consulting, and business development, among other resources. It is designed to help Edtech entrepreneurs accelerate their companies, culminating in a Demo Day where companies will present in front of an unparalleled network of angel and venture capital education investors.

“As the nation’s first ever School of Pedagogy, NYU Steinhardt has actively participated in 125 years of innovation in education, particularly here in New York City. We see the EdTech Incubator and Accelerator as a natural extension of that ongoing commitment,” said Dominic J. Brewer, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of NYU Steinhardt. “This collaboration with StartEd enables our faculty and students to interact with exciting, emerging companies from all around the world, and some of the country’s most successful Edtech entrepreneurs. Our hope is that this combination of world-class scholars and tech-savvy innovators will create a fertile breeding ground for the next generation of pathbreaking educational solutions.”

The NYU Steinhardt Edtech Accelerator powered by StartEd will provide edtech start-ups with access to the industry's most powerful network of experienced leaders in the education and technology fields. Mentors and advisors include CEOs and founders of the most successful edtech startups; active edtech venture capitalists and angel investors; leaders of the largest educational publishers; technology enablers and functional specialists from the largest technology firms; and education policy experts. They include:

Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform
Seth Andrew, Senior Advisor at The White House focused on Education Technology
Frank Bonsal III, Director of Entrepreneurship at Towson University
Dom Brewer, Dean of the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
Ted Brodheim, former President at ePals and CIO at CIO NYC Department of Education
Luyen Chou, Chief Product Office at Pearson
Peter Cohen, President US Education at McGraw-Hill Education
Alvin Crawford, CEO at Knowledge Delivery Systems
John Danielson, Senior Advisor to the Global Education Sector.
Cristina Dolan, MIT Media Lab Alum, Co-Founder OneMain, Chair MIT-EF NY
William Ethridge, former CEO Pearson North America
Adam Fried, District Superintendent at Harrington Park School District
Susan Fuhrman, President at Teachers College, Columbia University
Denise Galluci, CEO at GEMS Education Americas
Paul Gollash, CEO at Voxy
Matt Greenfield, Managing Director at Rethink Education
Sarah Holloway, CoFounder NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC) 
Jonathan Harber, former CEO of Pearson K-12 Technology and founder, CEO of SchoolNet
Michael Horn, Co-founder of Clayton Christensen Institute; Director, Robin Hood Education + Technology Fund
Jeremy Johnson, CEO at Andela and CoFounder of 2U
Ash Kaluarachchi, former Program Manager at Techstars and Director at EDGE Edtech
Vivek Kamath, Partner at Tyton Partners
Arrun Kapoor, Managing Director of SJF Ventures
John Katzman, CEO at Noodle Education and former CEO at 2U and The Princeton Review
Jason Klein, CEO at On Grid Ventures; Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY
Lisa Lewin, former Managing Director of Tech Product at Pearson and VP at McGraw-Hill Education
Doug Lynch, Professor at University of Southern California and CLO at Cognotion
Michael Moe, Co-Founder & Partner at GSV Asset Management
Daniel Pianko, Partner at University Ventures
Nasir Qadree, Head of Education at Village Capital
Josh Reibel, former CEO at Amplify Learning at Amplify Education
Jason Saltzman, CEO & CoFounder at Alley
Rick Segal, Managing Partner at Rethink Education
Maia Sharpley, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives at Charter Schools USA
Ben Wallerstein, CEO at Whiteboard Advisors
Chris Whittle, former CEO at Avenues: The World School and CoFounder of Edison Learning

"Some of the greatest challenges in global education will be solved through edtech startups," said Jonathan Harber, Jonathan Harber, former CEO of Pearson K-12 Technology and founder amd CEO of SchoolNet. "New York is the perfect hub for Edtech, hosting the largest K-12 school system in the nation, the biggest community college network, the education publishing giants, the headquarters to the largest corporate training departments, the financiers backing major education companies, cutting edge researchers, two million active students, and more. By creating an ecosystem of innovation in New York City, we will unleash the next generation of companies and entrepreneurs to improve the world."

NYU Steinhardt and StartEd will also soon announce the dates for NY Edtech Week, a major conference to be held in December 2016.

About StartEd:
By galvanizing an eco-system of education innovation in New York City, StartEd aims to accelerate edtech entrepreneurs to tackle to world's greatest education problems. Co-founded by edtech entrepreneurs, StartEd runs edtech accelerators, three-month intensive bootcamps for early stage edtech companies, and co-working communities for the edtech community. For more information on StartEd Accelerator, please visit: or follow us on Twitter @startedaccel

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt):
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit


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