Finalists Named In SXSWedu Startup Competition
It’s hard to believe that South By Southwest and South By Southwest EDU are right around the corner. SXSWedu is the education and edtech festival that is held right before the start of SXSWInteractive. Thousands of educators embark to downtown Austin before all the insane madness that is SXSW for great panels, lectures, exhibitions and of course a prestigious startup competition.
SXSWedu® unveiled the 10 Launch competition startup finalists in the countdown to the 2017 Conference & Festival which begins March 6th. The competition, which spans two days, is one of the premier components of the event and showcases early-stage companies from around the world that are dedicated to supporting teaching and learning. Over the past five years, SXSWedu’s popular Launch competition has featured startups that have gone on to receive millions in funding and impact learning across the country.
After a rigorous selection process led by the Launch Advisory Board Committee, 10 early-stage education companies have been selected for the sixth annual Launch competition at SXSWedu. Finalists will compete in two rounds of pitching before a panel of judges and will receive guidance and mentoring from industry leaders. Through this exercise, they will learn key tips and refine their pitches each step of the way. The winner of the competition will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, March 8th at the Launch Party & Winner Announcement hosted by Walton Family Foundation.
This year’s top 10 finalists are:
- Adjunct Professor Link (Valparaiso, IN)
- ALEX, Anyone’s Learning Experience (Washington Township, NJ)
- ASD Reading (Las Vegas, NV)
- Cell-Ed (Palo Alto, CA)
- LlamaZOO (Victoria, BC)
- Quizling – the Knowledge Game! (Canberra, Australia)
- Sown to Grow (Oakland, CA)
- Teachers Connect (Boston, MA)
- The Graide Network (Chicago, IL)
- The Whether powered by Better Weekdays (Saint Louis, MO)
“Each year the Launch competition highlights the intersection of creativity and innovation in the education sector,” said Ron Reed, Director, SXSWedu. “We are delighted to provide a platform where early-stage startups get exposed to new ideas and leaders who can support their continued development. The unique interaction between educators, administrators and business leaders at the event helps form the groundwork for these startups to build impactful companies that serve the larger learning community.”
SXSWedu kicks off March 9th in downtown Austin. For the complete schedule, click here.