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EDGE Education Accelerator Selects Inaugural Cohort

EDGE Accelerator: New York City’s EDGE Accelerator has announced the first cohort of companies participating in its three-month program. The accelerator is a spinout from the Kaplan Techstars edtech accelerator that had graduated more than 20 companies including Cognotion, Degreed, MentorMob, Newsela, Ranku, Tuva Labs, and UVize. The accelerator is open to both K-12 and higher-ed startups.

The lucky group of ten includes:

  • CoachTube (New York City) - online sports instruction marketplace for brand name coaches
  • CredSpark (New York City) - platform that helps companies use quick formative assessments to better understand customers
  • ExpertKnowledge (New York City) - helps companies capture and convert knowledge into accredited learning
  • Erudite Science (Montreal) - artificial intelligence mathematics tutor inspired by IBM’s Watson
  • Thrively (Glendale, CA) - reveals a child’s character strengths and connects them with personalized enrichment opportunities
  • Junior Explorers (Brooklyn, NY) - connects kids to the outdoors with fun learning experiences
  • Kinems (Boston, MA) - uses Microsoft Kinect educational games for children with learning disabilities
  • Little Bird (New York City) - brings 21st century HR & benefits services to schools and the education sector
  • Open Online Academy (New York City) - provides online education for anyone
  • Ruckus Learning (Norwalk, CT) - platform for interactive apps and developers (Lynda.com for Interactive media)


This group was chosen from 560 applicants. While funding is not disclosed, each of ten companies can receive up to $170,000 in funding. The program culminates in a “Shark Tank” style demo day at the global education innovation festival on December 15-17 at New York University.

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