ACCELERATING ACCELERATORS: Acceleration is, by definition, about picking up the pace. And that would describe the rapid growth of dedicated edtech related accelerators. Last year there was one (Imagine K12). Now there are more. A lot more. Check out our map of the edtech incubators out there and click on the links to get more info on each).
Hot off the virtual presses: test-prep and education force, Kaplan Inc., says it's sponsoring an edtech accelerator as part of the TechStars program. The program terms should be familiar by now: ten companies will spend an intensive three months working in the New York City with mentors from a massive lineup that includes Kaplan CEO Andy Rosen, Washington Post chairman Don Graham, investors Deborah Quazzo and Matthew Greenfield, edtech founders and a pack of Kaplan executives. Missing from the list seem to be educators, however.
Startups will get $20K in support, along with office space, facilities and access to Kaplan insights and program around learning.
Deadline for applying to the June session is April 15. Here's the application.