Amazon Web Services Hosts AWS EdStart Pitch Day
Earlier this month Amazon Web Services hosted EdStart Pitch Days, one in San Francisco and the other in New York. These events pit some of the best edtech startups in the country in front of potential customers, potential investors and each other.
Unlike other pitch events, AWS EdStart Pitch Day allowed for real time feedback from the audience members which was very helpful and highly engaging for the startups that participated.
“When you’re speaking at AWS Pitch Days, people are voting and asking questions in real-time, which makes for a highly-engaging experience for everyone.” Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami, CEO & Co-Founder of Cell-Ed said.
Legends Of Learning was the first place winner in the New York Competition.
The DC based edtech startup is an e-games platform specifically catering to middle school science. If that sounds like a small feat, well you must be mistaken. The platform houses over 1000 games into three science categories; earth science, life science and physical science. Once a teacher heads through one of the categories there are tons of games that cover all of the topics in that category.
Legends of Learning goes beyond the typical game based learning rubric. The platform grows with feedback which further engages teachers and students with the platform. It also ensures that Legends of Learning game developers know what’s working and what doesn’t work.
“I was so pleased when I found Legends of Learning,” said Bailey Johnson-Hastings, science teacher at Hastings Middle School (NE). “My students love using it in the classroom to reinforce the concepts I am teaching. I appreciate how receptive and responsive Legends of Learning has always been with any feedback I have submitted. They are truly committed to creating a student-and-teacher–oriented gaming platform. It is so great to see Legends of Learning engaging with the educator community in this way.”
Cincinnati based LearnMetrics was the second place winner in the New York competition. We met Julian Miller the CEO and co-founder of LearnMetrics back in 2012 when we covered the Brandery demo day. The company uses data to ignite student potential.
“As a 5+ year old company, we’ve been involved in many EdTech events from pitches to programs and back, but there are three things that make Amazon’s EdStart program stand out for us. First, they have genuine curiosity about how they can move the needle for strong technologies in education. Second, they bring their considerable expertise to the table and ask how they can support and complement our work. And third, they combine the first two with considerable resources from AWS’s toolbox, which means we can deploy innovation at Amazon pace and scale. For us, Amazon Web Services is an ideal partner and we look forward to continuing the relationship.” Miller said.
The third place winner in the New York competition was, Cell-Ed. In San Francisco the winner was Codespark with EdPuzzle and Sown To Grow coming in second and third place respectively.
Amazon Web Services plans to expand the EdStart program to more cities in 2018.