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NBC News, CITI, and NewSchools Venture Fund to launch second-annual “CITI Innovation Challenge” at “Education Nation”

Young entrepreneurs put their education innovations to the test to win $100,000 prize and assistance making their venture a successNEW York, NY–Sept.18, 2012– NBC News, Citi and NewSchools Venture Fund announced today that they are launching the second-annual “Citi Innovation Challenge” at NBC News’ “Education Nation” Summit in hopes of helping the country understand the game-changing impact of education innovation in expanding opportunities for students.The “Citi Innovation Challenge” is a multi-day competition […] Read more

NewSchools Venture Fund Invests $200K in Learning Games Network to Expand Immersive Learning Games Market

Investment aims to spark the development of tools that educators can use to personalize learning for students Media Contact: Joe Ventura, NewSchools Venture Fund,, 415-615-6862September 12, 2012—Oakland, CA—NewSchools Venture Fund today announced a $200,000 investment in Learning Games Network (LGN), the leading game-based learning research and development studio. The investment will support LGN in building the market for high-quality learning games through the design and development of games and related tools; and […] Read more

EdSurge raises $400,000 From Washington Post and NewSchools Venture Fund

BURLINGAME, CA–August 29–EdSurge, the leading news source on education technology, announced that it has closed a $400,000 seed-funding round with leading institutional and angel investors in Washington D.C., New York and Silicon Valley. The funding will enable EdSurge to expand its coverage and to further develop independent reviews of educational technology products. Over the past 18 months, education technology has emerged as a vibrant new industry. Through its website, newsletters and events, EdSurge […] Read more

Educreations Announces $2.2mm Series A from Accel Partners & NewSchools Venture Fund

Over 50K teachers and 12K schools using Educreations to “flip the classroom” and provide personalized learningEducreations, the creators of the Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app, announced today the completion of a $2.2 million Series A financing round from Accel Partners and NewSchools Venture Fund. The financing will enable the company to expand its rapidly growing mobile learning platform and continue pursuing its vision of making personalized learning available to everyone. Educreations was founded by former RockYou product manager […] Read more

NewSchools Partner Jordan Meranus to Lead Ellevation

Contact:  Joe Ventura, (415) 615-6862/ jventura@newschools.orgOAKLAND, CA – July 31, 2012 – NewSchools Venture Fund CEO Ted Mitchell congratulated NewSchools Partner Jordan Meranus on his move to lead Ellevation, an innovative education technology startup. Ellevation helps teachers, schools and districts improve their service to students who are learning English. Ellevation will help a significant and notably underserved group, English Language Learners (ELLs), by developing and distributing tools that support the programs in schools […] Read more

Social Entrepreneurs Honored for Contributions to Public Education

NewSchools Venture Fund announces 2012 honorees for Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards at annual convening of education innovatorsOakland, CA – May 7, 2012 – Dedicated to honoring the individuals making a difference in the lives of students in low-income communities across the country, not-for-profit venture philanthropy firm NewSchools Venture Fund announced recipients of its annual awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Change Agents of the Year Award. NewSchools presented […] Read more

Engrade Raises $3M to Unify Classroom Management into Single Platform

Santa Monica, CA—May 2, 2012—Engrade, which offers a comprehensive suite of online classroom management tools, announced today that it has closed a $3 million round of funding. The round was led by Rethink Education and joined by NewSchools Venture Fund, as well as individual investors Greg Gunn, Zac Zeitlin, and Richard Chino. The funding will allow Engrade to serve significantly more educators by expanding its academic and outreach teams and strengthening its […] Read more

Innovators, political leaders to headline NewSchools-Aspen Institute Summit 2012

 Silicon Valley event to highlight ideas that are changing education Contact:  Joe Ventura, (415) 615-6862/ jventura@newschools.orgOAKLAND, CA, April 18, 2012— Sen. Michael Bennet, Rahm Emanuel, Harvard’s Roland Fryer, and Dave Goldberg of SurveyMonkey will be among the 115 speakers at the nation’s leading event focused on education innovation in low-income communities. The NewSchools Venture Fund-Aspen Institute Summit takes place May 2 at the Marriott San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California. NewSchools and Aspen Institute […] Read more

Education Elements raises $6 million to continue helping schools transition to blended learning

Palo Alto, CA—March 7, 2012—Education Elements, a pioneer in helping schools blend technology into everyday instruction, announced today that it has closed a $6 million round of funding. The round was led by Harmony Partners and joined by Rethink Education (which includes experienced educational technology investors Seavest Ventures, Jonathan Sackler, Matt Greenfield and Brian Olson) and individual investor Eff Martin of Anthos Capital, as well as by prior investors Tugboat Ventures, NewSchools […] Read more

NewSchools Venture Fund Announces Early-Stage Education Technology Fund to Accelerate Student Achievement

San Francisco, CA—January 25, 2012—NewSchools Venture Fund today announced the creation of an Education Technology Seed Fund, a new initiative to invest in entrepreneurs developing education technology tools, applications, content, and services that will significantly improve education opportunities for children from low-income communities. The Seed Fund was created to make investments in early-stage, pre-Series A education technology companies often overlooked by the traditional investing community because of their focus on schools.  The […] Read more