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Passion for the Product: A CEO and Five Promising Startups

Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage, presented a message for his audience of investors, founders and entrepreneurs at his Across Boundaries Conference keynote —find a “clear, simple guiding light” that will drive your company.

Breakthrough Cohort Feature: CareAcademy

CareAcademy, Co-Founded by Helen Adeosun, educates caregivers to provide excellent care. Steve Shapiro, the lead Venture Partner for CareAcademy said, “I was drawn to CareAcademy first because I see it as solving a huge problem, as the largest single job in America is home health assistant and supplying and training this huge pool of candidates is critical for the stability of millions of families across the country. I was very enamored with the two entrepreneurs, Helen and Madhuri, and believe they have the conviction and perseverance to be successful.” Steve plans to use his experience negotiating contracts with large strategic partners to help CareAcademy scale quickly.

LearnLaunch Accelerator Alumni Update: Sutori

HSTRY, originally marketed as an education tool for recounting major events in a more engaging and interactive way, has recently rewritten its own history by rebranding as Sutori. Sutori—a play on the Japanese word for story—more accurately presents the scope of their tool, which is not just a timeline generator but a free storytelling app that supports all media and is shared easily via email or social media.

Breakthrough Cohort Feature: CourseStorm

CourseStorm, co-founded by Brian Rahill & Matt James, provides simple online registration and marketing software for education providers to publish their class catalog online, process registrations, and spread the word about their offerings.

Breakthrough Cohort Feature: Kaymbu

Kaymbu is the leading visual messaging and authentic assessment platform for early education. From photo sharing to student portfolios, school newsletters and dynamic photo books, Kaymbu connects early childhood educators with young, digital-native parents.

Meet the Breakthrough Cohort

By now many of you have heard that we’re adding five unbelievable edtech startups to our campus for our Winter ‘17 Breakthrough cohort, and this week was the kickoff. The Breakthrough Program, one of two accelerators here at LearnLaunch, focuses on post-seed stage companies in one of the most critical growth phases of their life.

LearnLaunch Accelerator Alumni Update: Skookii

Former LearnLaunch Accelerator member Skookii makes it simple for schools to collect payment electronically for field trips, lunches, fundraising, athletics, clubs, and after-school programs, all at no cost to users. Since fully launching in May, 115 schools and youth organizations in Arizona have signed on, with hundreds more poised to follow suit, including some of the state’s largest district schools. Partnering with the Arizona Rural Schools Association this past summer also provided an avenue for increased clientele.

LearnLaunch Announces Full Agenda for Across Boundaries Conference

LearnLaunch, along with co-host MIT Office of Digital Learning, unveiled today the full agenda for the upcoming Across Boundaries Conference, to be held on February 2-3, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. With a theme of “Personalizing Pathways to Learning and Careers,” the conference will bring together professionals from across the edtech sector, to discuss critical challenges toward moving education practice forward, to play with cutting- edge products, and to learn from leaders in the field.

LearnLaunch Accelerator Alumni Update: Education Modified

As noted on the site of former LearnLaunch Accelerator company Education Modified, “the collective memory of a student’s teachers—past and present—is one of the most valuable resources available to [his or her] future success in education and beyond.” Yet with the unique challenges facing special education teachers and thus the incredibly high resignation rate within five years, that resource could very well be unavailable to future educators without the right tools.