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Learning games continue to gain momentum as co.lab announces cohort #3

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – We launched co.lab — the first and only startup accelerator focused on the intersection of games and learning — one year ago. Today, we are excited to introduce the seven companies that will be participating in co.lab’s third cohort, which kicks off this week:CodeMonkey Studios is creating an engaging online game that teaches students real coding, from fundamentals to advanced programming subjects.Econauts, developed by the Learning Games Network, […] Read more

Seven Edtech Companies Win ‘iHub Pitch Games’ Challenge to Test Their Technology in Classrooms

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Seven education technology startups from across the nation emerged as winners today of the “iHub Pitch Games” held at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, earning the opportunity to test their science and math-friendly software in Silicon Valley schools.The seven entrepreneurs selected are: BrightLoop, a web-based tool for tracking student progress; CodeMonkey, an online game that teaches computer programming; MathChat, which allows students to instantly […] Read more

NewSchools Venture Fund CEO Ted Mitchell takes on Under Secretary Position at U.S Department of Education

NewSchools leader’s decade of strong leadership sets up organization for future successOakland, CA—May 8, 2014—Ted Mitchell, the chief executive officer who led a dramatic expansion of the NewSchools Venture Fund over the past decade, was confirmed today as Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.Providing seed capital and sound counsel to some of our nation’s leading education entrepreneurs, NewSchools harnesses their energy and vision to solve the biggest challenges […] Read more

Deputy Secretary of Education Addresses Philanthropy, Business And Education Leaders on Diversity in Leadership Ranks of Education Reform

Jim Shelton, the deputy secretary, called on the nearly 1,000 educators gathered at the NewSchool Venture Fund’s 2014 Summit to act urgently to diversify their own leadership ranks. Joined by D.C. Public Schools Chancellor, Kaya Henderson; TFA Co-President, Elisa Villanueva Beard; KIPP Foundation CEO, Richard Barth; and John Rice, founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Shelton cautioned that a large and growing gap between the demographic composition of America’s student population, and its education leaders, threatens efforts to close the achievement gaps between poor students of color and their affluent, largely white peers. Read more

NewSchools Recognizes Top Entrepreneurs and Innovators for their Contributions to Public Education

Burlingame, Calif. – April 29, 2014 – NewSchools Venture Fund (www.newschools.org), a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm that partners with entrepreneurs to provide all students with an excellent public education and the promise of a bright future, announces the recipients of its 2014 Awards. Since 2002, NewSchools has celebrated the achievements of social innovators in its portfolio by presenting annual awards to outstanding entrepreneurs and organizations. Read more

BrightBytes Expands Educational Footprint: Raises $15 Million to Fuel Growth and Innovation

Bessemer Venture Partners funds BrightBytes’ rapid talent growth and expansion to international markets SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2014  BrightBytes, a fast-growing educational analytics organization that counts almost 1 in 10 U.S. schools as customers, announced today that it closed $15 million in Series B funding to accelerate its impressive growth and global expansion. The investment was led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) with participation from existing investors, including Rethink Education and Learn Capital. Previous funders include NewSchools Venture […] Read more

co.lab, the Edtech Accelerator Founded by NewSchools Venture Fund and Zynga.org, Announces Second Cohort

SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2014—co.lab, the edtech accelerator created by Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund focused on developing innovative learning games, announced today a second cohort of companies for its four-month program. The accelerator, which launched in September 2013, recently celebrated the graduation of its first cohort, which included Kidaptive, Locomotive Labs, Motion Math, Pluto Media and Edmodo. The second cohort includes seven cutting-edge companies uniquely poised to expand and deepen their impact on academic and social outcomes for children around the world. Read more

LearnBop Wins Top Honors in “Shark-Tank” Type Competition, Sponsored by Silicon Valley Education Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund

LearnBop is a winner of the first-ever “iHub Pitch Games” challenge in Silicon Valley. The competition, sponsored by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and NewSchools Venture Fund, featured 10 companies that pitched their middle school math programs to a panel of sharp critics – educators and business leaders – who grilled them about their programs, then picked the top four. Think TV’s “Shark Tank”. Read more

NewSchools’ Seed Fund Raises $12M To Advance Edtech

Palo Alto, CA – February 19, 2014 – NewSchools Seed Fund, which sources and supports high-impact education technology entrepreneurs focused on K-12, today announces it has reached its fundraising goal of $12 million. The funds will enable Seed Fund to continue investing in ventures that aim to make education more accessible, engaging and connected. Read more