Pearson Continues Startup Outreach in Africa, 1871

ACROSS TIME AND SPACE: Pearson is traversing the globe in search for startups. Next stop: Africa, where the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund is launching the second “Edupreneurs” program in partnership with Village Capital. Fifteen startups will go through a three-month mentoring program and compete for two prizes, each worth up to $75K in seed funding. There’s no cost to apply, although selected participants must be able to foot the bill to travel to South Africa for all three 4-day workshops. (Travel expense will be covered on a case-by-case basis.) Details here about the first class of “Edupreneurs” from India. The program runs from October to January 2015; apply online here.

In addition, Pearson is also traveling (not back in time) to 1871, a Chicago-based tech incubator, as part of a “strategic” partnership in which the publishing giant will provide provide mentorship, support and classes for education startups. It’s a way for the publisher to tap local talent: Diana Stepner, Pearson’s VP of Innovation Partnerships and Developer Relations, says two of the startups recently selected for the Pearson Catalyst program “were recommended by 1871.” The publishing giant has similar deals with other tech spaces like RocketSpace (San Francisco), 1776 (Washington, D.C.), LearnLaunch (Boston) and MaRS Discovery District (Toronto).

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