Peer Feedback EdTech Startup, Peergrade Selected For Y-Combinator
Peergrade is probably the most popular edtech startup coming out of Copenhagen. The company believes that one of the best ways for students to prosper is through peer feedback. That’s why they created their platform that allows students to get a variety of peer feedback on any assignment.
An assignment submitted to Peergrade for feedback can be anything from a Word document to Power Point, even a Youtube video.
To get the peer feedback process started a teacher will create an assignment. Once the assignment is created and completed, students will turn it into Peergrade for peer review. Peergrade then distributes the assignments for peer review. The students giving the feedback, do so using the feedback rubric. Once that process is over the students receive all their feedback given to the assignment they handed in.
After all that is complete the teacher gets an overview of all of the feedback which actually opens up another feedback channel for the students. Teachers can than discuss the feedback either 1:1 with each student or as a group.
Peergrade is designed for K- higher ed. The company already has thousands of schools signed up and they’re getting equally positive feedback from K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Globally, teachers love it. In the U.S. they definitely see the value.
“I feel like I can give good feedback, but I often find that students can give each other even more targeted and better feedback because they’re in the middle of this process as well.” Jennifer Boyle, a social studies teacher in Denver said on Peergrade’s website.
Top Silicon Vally accelerator Y-Combinator recently announced a new effort to focus on edtech companies. Through a partnership with ImagineK12, an edtech only accelerator, Y-Combinator is investing in, and mentoring a new wave of startups. ImagineK12 has worked with popular edtech startups like Remind, Clever, and Class DoJo. Y-Combinator is known for several startup grand slams including DropBox, Airbnb and Reddit.
Peergrade took to their blog on Friday to explain that their founders recently went to San Francisco for a ten minute interview with Y-Combinator. This week they received the call that they’ve been accepted.
Not only will Peergrade receive funding but they’ll also receive un-paralleled mentorship, and access to some of the top companies across the globe.
Peergrade promises to stay true to their home in Copenhagen. They are also going to keep the world abreast of what they’re doing in California and with Y-Combinator via a new blog on Medium.
You can check out Peergrade here.