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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

Edtech Companies Come Face To Face With “Sharks” In iHub Pitch Games

SAN JOSE, CA. – January 23, 2014 – Education technology entrepreneurs nationwide will gather for the iHub Pitch Games in Silicon Valley on Monday, February 3 to pitch their classroom e-learning products to education and business leaders. Modeled after the TV show, Shark Tank, the iHub Pitch Games give entrepreneurs the opportunity to battle for a place in the Learning Innovation Hub (iHub), a network that facilitates product testing and feedback for e-learning tools. Read more

New Joint Report Outlines Academic And Discipline Trends In DC’s Public Schools

Washington, D.C. – December 11, 2013 – Agencies responsible for public education in the District of Columbia today announced the release of the first-ever District of Columbia School Equity Reports. The reports, supported by education venture philanthropy organization NewSchools Venture Fund, focus on the retention, discipline, academic growth and achievement of all students and moves the District closer to having a complete and transparent view, using the same metrics, of how different public schools serve a range of students. Read more

NewSchools Invests $1.6m In Three Boston-Area Charter Schools: Organization’s Boston Fund Supports Growing CMOs in Mass.

Boston — September 30, 2013 — NewSchools Venture Fund’s Boston Charter School Replication Fund (“Boston Fund”) announces its investment of $1.6 million in three charter management organizations (CMOs): City on a Hill, Match Education and Unlocking Potential. These investments demonstrate the Boston Fund’s continued commitment to expand high-performing charter schools in Massachusetts. Read more

New Index Assesses Digital Innovations In Education

LONDON & OAKLAND, California, July 23, 2013 – A new Innovation Index released today puts teaching and learning ahead of ‘technology and excitement’ when it comes to digital innovations for the classroom. The Innovation Index, developed by Michael Fullan and Pearson’s Katelyn Donnelly, is outlined in their new report, “Alive in the Swamp”, which looks at how to evaluate the impact of technology on learning. “Alive in the Swamp” is published by UK-based Nesta and U.S.-based NewSchools Venture Fund. Read more

NewSchools Awards Entrepreneurs for Their Contributions to Public Education

Oakland, CA – May 10, 2013 – NewSchools Venture Fund (www.newschools.org), a venture philanthropy that supports education entrepreneurs to transform public education, announces the recipients of its 2013 Awards that recognize and celebrate the achievements of social innovators in its portfolio, working to improve K-12 public education in the United States. Since 2002, NewSchools has given more than 70 awards to outstanding entrepreneurs and organizations, most of whom are part of the organization’s portfolio. Read more

Zynga.org and NewSchools Venture Fund Announce Learning Games Accelerator

San Francisco, May 1, 2013 – Zynga.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using social games for social good, today announced a partnership with NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy that supports education entrepreneurs to transform public education, to create a new “ed tech” accelerator focused on enhancing the quality and reach of learning games and apps designed to improve education outcomes. Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA), the world’s leading provider of social game […] Read more