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New Chronicle Award Will Honor Top Bay Area Visionary

Innovation is as much a part of the Bay Area as the fog in San Francisco, houseboats in Sausalito or sunshine in Santa Clara.It is where creative leaders, trendsetters and game changers proliferate — where genius is part of the kaleidoscope of culture. This abundance of brilliance is why The Chronicle has decided to embark on a mission over the next few months to select a particularly radiant light from among the […] 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

Startup Founders Apply Education Experience

Former educators with technology interests are increasingly making their way from classrooms into the startup world as they try to use their school expertise to create ed-tech products and services that solve common problems. What these new “edupreneurs” are often lacking is the knowledge needed to launch and run a business.Even if the concept for the new venture is sound, experts say, educators-turned-entrepreneurs must develop their business acumen to avoid startup failure.“Most […] 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

Zynga.org’s Game-Based Learning Accelerator Pairs Newbies With Experienced Players

Co.lab is a start-up accelerator that focuses on learning games. A partnership between Zynga.org and the New School Venture Fund, co.lab “works with startups leveraging the power of digital games to build transformative educational technologies for PK-12 students and teachers.”Their third cohort was just announced. It includes seven start-ups “founded by a talented and diverse set of entrepreneurs including educators, technologists, game developers, school founders, researchers from the University of Wisconsin – […] 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

Educators must do more to reach young men of color

It’s my first time at the New Schools Venture Fund conference, and I’m excited to exchange ideas with entrepreneurs, educators and policymakers. The day will be brimming with innovative approaches to transforming public education for underserved students. But what strikes me first is that, for once, my reflexive search of the room for brown and black faces comes up full.The conference won’t necessarily be better or worse, the discussions more or less fruitful, but […] Read more

KELOWNA EDTECH STARTUP FRESHGRADE RAISES $4.3 MILLION SEED ROUND

Kelowna-based edtech startup FreshGrade has raised a $4.3 million seed round led by NewSchools Venture Fund, Emerson Collective, Accel Partners and Social Capital.Designed by developers in collaboration with teachers and parents, FreshGrade is an education resource for administrators, teachers, and parents allowing for maximum classroom engagement and real-time assessment. The company said it does this by “mirroring how people communicate and use technology today.”Founded in 2011, FreshGrade said its tool underwent a “rigorous development […] Read more

FreshGrade Raises $4.3M to Connect Teachers, Students and Parents

Club Penguin founder Lane Merrifeld sold his kid-safe, massively multiplayer online gaming community to Walt Disney Co.DIS -0.88% in 2007 in what amounted to a $350 million deal.But he never gave up on the idea that kids should be able to safely use the best of today’s technologies in their daily lives.In 2012, he left Disney to co-found an education tech venture called FreshGrade Inc.–with Steve Wandler and Mark Payne–that connects teachers, school administrators, students and their parents or […] Read more

How Foundations Can Engage the Startup Community to Accelerate Impact

Foundations and startups are two words you don’t often see together.  Typically, foundations fund established nonprofits in order to further foundations’ missions.  Yet, foundations could increase their impact by finding innovative ways to work with startups.“Why would a foundation consider partnering with a startup?” This was one of the questions posed to me during the “Foundations And Startups: New Alliances” panel at 1776’s Challenge Festival in May.  As a nonprofit investor at NewSchools Venture Fund, […] Read more