Education Investor Summit 2016: Demo Day

San Francisco, CA - Sep 27 5:31 pm to 9:00 pm


What is Education Investor Summit 2016: Demo Day?

Village Capital and Michelson Runway are bringing together their two cohorts of 17 elite education ventures solving the skills gap between education and employment. These 17 ventures will be showcasing their education solutions ranging from workforce development to college readiness to personalized learning.


The evening is centered around celebrating entrepreneurs that are driving innovation in the education to workforce sector. Come meet active investors, mentors, business and education leaders from across the country at this one-day event.


Cocktail Hour begins at 5:30pm. Demo Day Showcase begins at 6:00pm including a Fireside Chat with Ryan Craig, Author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education and Managing Director of University Ventures.


Problem Statement

Recent data indicates that by 2020, 65% of all jobs in the US will require at least an Associate’s degree or some amount of post-secondary school training or certification. However, only 1 in 4 students are academically prepared for college when they graduate from high school, and less than half of recent graduates are workforce ready. Many students lack the skills and training necessary for securing jobs in careers with progressively higher wages and incomes. To address these challenges, Village Capital in partnership withMichelson Runway has selected an elite group of ventures offering technology-driven solutions designed to improve student academic performance and position them for success as they enter the workforce to participate in the Village Capital and Michelson Runway 2016 Education Investor Summit. This program is held in collaboration with AT&T Aspire, together with supporting partner W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Meet our Ventures!

Centric Learning is the premier standards-based project-based learning solution for classroom and remote learning, encouraging self-esteem, independence, and development of 21st century global and career skills.

College Ease is a unique engagement and marketing platform that connects high school students worldwide with colleges, starting freshman year of high school.

Comprendio combines cognitive mapping, accountability for learner thinking, automated feedback, and unique analytics to accelerate understanding.

Couragion helps inspire underserved & underrepresented youth to pursue competencies & careers in science, technology, engineering & math through role model videos, games, and quizzes.

Education Modified delivers research-based content for teachers to better reach students with special needs and streamline instructional support services.

LaborX is the LinkedIn for the LinkedOut, connecting skilled, diverse talent with companies looking to expand their pipeline.

Lrnr helps unlock the power of Open Educational Resources by marrying high-quality content to a robust personalized learning platform.

Motimatic delivers highly-targeted motivational messages to students that improve student retention and persistence.

Nepris is a cloud-based social platform that connects industry professionals and educators to bring the real world to students.

PAIRIN is a personal and professional skills management system which provides behavioral attribute-based workforce development and hiring for educators and mid-sized businesses.

Paragon One is a career education platform powered by U.S. professionals turned career coaches to guide international students to achieve career success in America through an extensive network and coaching of soft skills.

Pragya Systems produces higher education technology that facilitates the flow of information on and off campuses for students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and employers.

ReUp Education helps college students who drop out re-enroll in school and graduate. The combination of coaches and proprietary technological tools gives students the support they need to set goals, develop positive and effective habits, and reach the graduation finish line.

Skill Scout leverages job videos and hands-on applications to transform how companies experience candidates and candidates experience companies.

Story2 is disrupting writing through storytelling, teaching students how to write honestly and authentically in admission and scholarship essays, professional development--and all of life.

WorkAmerica is an online recruiting platform that connects employers in the skilled trades with trained and credentialed talent.

Yenko develops financial aid retention software for colleges struggling with low retention and graduation rates.


For any questions or more information please contact:

Rachel Schwartz, Village Capital -

Joe Vasquez, Michelson Runway -


Education Investor Summit 2016: Demo Day