We’re thrilled to announce our latest round of investments and unveil the four edtech companies selected for our highly competitive Breakthrough Program. Since 2013, we have invested in nearly 60 edtech companies and continue to be recognized for our strong track record accelerating industry-leading solutions and teams dedicated to improve teaching and learning.
“The edtech industry is undergoing unprecedented growth,” said Jean Hammond, Co-Founder and General Partner at LearnLaunch Accelerator. “This change is visible in deeper understanding and appetite for technology solutions coming from education practitioners, larger deal sizes, and world-wide edtech VC funding surpassing $8B in 2018. It’s important now, more than ever, for companies looking to participate in this market to tighten their market entry, growth, and scaling strategies. It’s challenges like these that our Breakthrough program is designed to support companies through.”
The 5-week intensive program is designed for revenue-stage companies and focuses on developing comprehensive, company-specific growth strategies. Each company will work on accelerating its individual success metrics to signal the market that it is ready to scale. Teams will leverage LearnLaunch’s world-class network of mentors, venture partners, and follow-on funders to help them get there.
“Our milestone-based funding model helps each company set clear development targets and stay razor-focused on achieving those goals throughout and following the program,” said Tetyana Astashkina, General Partner at LearnLaunch Accelerator. “We are humbled by the quality of applicants we received for this year’s program and are eager to deliver a highly personalized experience for each of them. Our next program participants are: CognaLearn, Indigo Project, InScribe, and Skillist.”
Meet Brian O’Dwyer, Commercial Founder & Executive Chairman of CognaLearn. CognaLearn’s cloud-based Intedashboard is the most widely used software platform created exclusively for physical and online team-based learning classrooms. Educators save time by automating individual quizzes, team quizzes, cases and 360º teammate evaluations furthermore improving outcomes with real-time data while integrating with existing learning management systems.
“We are participating in the LearnLaunch Accelerator to develop our US higher education sales, marketing and customer success strategy and implementation plan. Our 14-person team does not include any sales or marketing people yet, so we hope this will help us determine what we need in this area and how to put it in place.” – Bryan O’Dwyer
Meet Sheri Smith, CEO & Founder of Indigo Education Company. Indigo improves engagement, retention, and career readiness for K-12 and Higher Education with an actionable Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) dashboard of personal skills, traits, and motivators for use by teachers, staff, students & parents Indigo delivers human capital insights to K12 and Higher Ed customers via a technology platform equipped with data analytics, curriculum, online courses, and career pathway opportunities.
“The LearnLaunch Network will help scale our company so that we can reach more people. The LearnLaunch allies involved care about making a difference and understand how the education system works.” – Sheri Smith
Meet Katy Kappler, Ana Hernandez, and Matt Self, Co-Founders of Inscribe Education. Inscribe, is an intelligent Q&A platform that leverages the power of community and artificial intelligence to connect learners to the answers, resources, and individuals they need to succeed in school and beyond.
“We’ve been connected to the LearnLaunch community for many years (albeit from a distance). We have been continually impressed by the leadership of the LearnLaunch organization and its commitment to help grow companies in this space. We also appreciate that selling into the education market presents unique challenges and opportunities. We love the idea of being mentored and supported by a team with deep knowledge, experience, and connections in this complex industry!” – Katy Kappler
Meet Ananth Kasturiraman & Caroline Fay, the founders of Skillist. Skillist is a skill-based job application platform that makes it possible for companies to hire the best people based on what they can do, instead of where they come from.
“LearnLaunch brings tremendous expertise in the Workforce EdTech space. We’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the team through our involvement in the Boston EdTech startup community over the last several years, and we’re really excited to be a part of this program — especially since it’s specifically designed for companies with early market traction looking to take the next step.” – Caroline Fay
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