Pearson's Catalysts

PEARSON DEBUTS STARTUP PARTNERS: Now the big guns come out: The Pearson Catalyst for Education program just announced the six companies that it will support in its initial cohort:

  • Ace Learning Company: Helping college and professional students browse educational materials on the web;
  • Actively Learn: (which also got good marks in the ISTE Pitchfest). It is creating a platform for improved ways to learn to read;
  • Class Owl: An academic platform built by students for students;
  • Full Stack Data Science: A data analysis shop specializing in natural language and text processing with big data and and applied machine learning;
  • Spongelab: A library of science content, teaching tools with strong teacher development elements.  
  • VLinks Media: Building a platform for content creators to deliver courses to learners on mobile devices and on the web.

The Catalyst program will last for three months; Pearson awards each startup up to $10K apiece and they will work in their existing sites. Competition was brisk: the program received 202 applications; 124 applications met the submission criteria. Six startups were chosen.

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