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Come to College! Get Funded! Northeastern Offers The Nation’s Only Student-Run Venture Accelerator, IDEA

Come to College! Get Funded! Northeastern Offers The Nation’s Only Student-Run Venture Accelerator, IDEA

April 30, 2013

Northeastern University has a student-run venture accelerator with $250K in cash. Is this what it takes to keep kids on campus.

College is crazy expensive–and it’s getting more expensive all the time. Entrepreneurs like Peter Thiel are fond of saying it’s not worth it. But 23-year-old Chris Wolfel, who is getting his bachelor’s from Northeastern University this spring, found college to be not only a good investment, but the perfect launching pad for his entrepreneurial dreams.

For the last two years, Wolfel has been the CEO of IDEA, the only student-run venture accelerator in the country. Founded in 2009, IDEA offers workshops, meetups, coaching, mentoring, and most importantly, funding, all from alumni donors, for student startups. Wolfel and his team were able to raise $250,000 to help launch almost 300 businesses by students from every school across the university.

Why VCs can’t afford to ignore EdTech any longer

Why VCs can’t afford to ignore EdTech any longer

April 30, 2013

The education space is massive, very broken, barely touched by technology and has been largely underserved by entrepreneurs and investors. The opportunity for disruption, significant value creation and outsized returns is huge.

Two years ago, most top-tier VCs would not have touched an education technology company with a 10-foot pole. That’s all about to change – in fact, it’s already changing.

Take a look at some of the recent bets placed by big-name firms on exciting education companies over the past 12 months: Accel with Lynda, NEA with Desire2Learn and Edmodo, Emergence with Top Hat, a16z with Udacity, Benchmark with Minerva and the list goes on.

The education space is massive, very broken, barely touched by technology and has been largely underserved by entrepreneurs and investors. The opportunity for disruption, significant value creation and outsized returns is huge.

Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs Touted at SXSWedu

Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs Touted at SXSWedu

March 7, 2013

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) will not replace universities but will force them to rethink how they educate their students, leaders of two of the leading MOOCs predicted at this week’s SXSWedu conference. Massive open online courses will change higher education, say Coursera and edX execs, pointing to some free online classes from top universities [...]

SXSWedu Brings Educators, Innovators and Policy Makers Together

SXSWedu Brings Educators, Innovators and Policy Makers Together

March 6, 2013

The education portion of SXSW is attracting teachers, inventors and policy makers from all over the world. The four-day event started Monday at the Austin Convention Center and the Hilton Austin hotel downtown. The festival started in 2011 and has grown from 800 attendees to nearly 5,000 this year. Companies from as far away as Norway and [...]

6 EdTech Trends to Watch at SXSWedu #SXSWedu

6 EdTech Trends to Watch at SXSWedu #SXSWedu

March 4, 2013

Kicking off Monday in Austin, Tex., the conference attracts entrepreneurs, investors, school leaders, policy makers and others trying to use technology to improve and remake education. Last year, it drew about 2,000 participants and, this year that’s expected to double, organizers say. What are the 6 trends to watch? Supporting the life-long learner Unlocking and mastering data Supporting [...]

Apple’s edtech play, iTunes U, reaches 1B content downloads

Apple’s edtech play, iTunes U, reaches 1B content downloads

February 28, 2013

Apple announced today that iTunes U has reached 1 billion content downloads, a sign that schools around the world are embracing Apple’s edtech model. Educators can use iTunes U to collect course materials and make them easily availableto students. Apple released a new version of the iTunes U iOS app in early 2012, along with its new [...]

Inspiring Kids to Learn How to Code

Inspiring Kids to Learn How to Code

February 26, 2013

Code.org, the new non-profit aimed at encouraging computer science education launched last month by entrepreneur and investor brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi, has assembled an all-star group of the world’s most well-known and successful folks with programming skills to talk about how learning to code has changed their lives — and isn’t quite as hard as people might think. As [...]

Meritor and The Henry Ford Shaping Future of Education Through Innovation and Technology

Meritor and The Henry Ford Shaping Future of Education Through Innovation and Technology

February 26, 2013

Innovation Education Incubator pilot project in K-12 classrooms across the nation The Henry Ford’s Innovation Education Incubator (IEI), launched in April 2011 with the support of a three-year pledge from Meritor, is building momentum among educators nationwide by bringing innovative digital education resources and game-changing teaching strategies into K-12 classrooms. Forty teachers and 1,000 students field-tested The [...]

New Accelerator LearnLaunchX Looks to Make Boston Ed-Tech Capital of the World

New Accelerator LearnLaunchX Looks to Make Boston Ed-Tech Capital of the World

February 12, 2013

There’s a new startup accelerator in town. LearnLaunchX, led by angel investor Jean Hammond and her team, is gearing up for its first group of startups this summer. LearnLaunchX, led by angel investor Jean Hammond and her team, is gearing up for its first group of startups this summer. Hammond spoke with me in conjunction [...]

Making money with iOS education apps [infographic]

Making money with iOS education apps [infographic]

February 6, 2013

With the boom in children being homeschooled, there’s a great market for educational apps as one independent French developer discovered. If this sounds like the field for you, take a look at this infographic from OnlinePhDPrograms.com. Via OnlinePhDPrograms. Like infographics? So do we. Read the full article …

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