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NewSchools Venture Fund Announces NewSchools Ignite, Accelerating EdTech Development To Address Specific Gaps in K-12 Education

NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm, today announced the launch of NewSchools Ignite, a uniquely focused education technology accelerator that will support entrepreneurs tackling the most pressing gaps in K-12 education technology. NewSchools Ignite will catalyze product growth in specific areas deemed crucial to teachers and students and where innovation is noticeably lagging. NewSchools Ignite’s first initiative, the Science Learning Challenge, is now open to companies and nonprofits building technologies that support students’ development of science and engineering skills. NewSchools Ignite will distribute up to $1.5 million in grants to up to 15 challenge winners building digital tools that enhance science learning. Individual grants will range from $50,000-$150,000, depending on product stage. Read more

National Alliance Inducts Three New Honorees into Charter School Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced today it will induct three charter school advocates into its Hall of Fame at the 15th National Charter School Conference in New Orleans on June 22 – Senator Mary Landrieu, Dr. Deborah McGriff and Nelson Smith.The National Alliance’s Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their pioneering efforts in the growth of charter schools, their long-term commitment and contributions to charter schools, […] Read more

Kaymbu Announces Funding from NewSchools Venture Seed Fund

Funding signals importance of using technology to engage parents with their child’s learning & growth in the classroomKaymbu, an iPad-based education solution that enables teachers to document and share visual learning moments from the classroom, announced funding from NewSchools Seed Fund. The Seed Fund invests in educational technology companies developing technology solutions for the biggest challenges in K-12 education.Kaymbu makes it easy for teachers to document and share anything from the classroom […] Read more

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 (, 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