RESTARTING STARTUP EDU? Been missing those crazy hackathon weekends? Fear not: the team has indeed been busy and getting ready to crank up the experience, led in part by a new program manager. Back in May, Startup Weekend and Startup America (founded by former AOL CEO, Steve Case), formed a new organization, Up Global. The group’s education sector, recently refunded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, went looking for an energetic program manager and found one in Mandela Schumacher-Hodge.
She's more than a self starter: Mandela's been a teacher, a winner of Startup Weekend EDU herself and co-founder of ImagineK12 startup, Tioki. She’s got big goals for the program: “SWEDU will now serve as a resource hub for education entrepreneurs looking to incorporate academic research, as well as a community of connected leaders, consistently collaborating and leveraging the power of the collective to impact education innovation." With all those Startup America resources, the program may also be able to give more support to fledgling entrepreneurs beyond the famed 54-hour weekend. Here are three upcoming SWEDU events:
AND TIOKI? With Tioki cofounder Mandela Schumacher-Hodge departing for Startup Weekend EDU, the future of the teacher site seems in the balance. Word on the street is that several players are wooing the company. Stay tuned.