Mentor Memo: Alexander Caillet

We welcomed Alexander Caillet to our office at AlleyNYC, as he spoke with the EDGE Accelerator teams about building an effective team. Alex is the founder of One21Five, Inc., as well as an executive coach.

EDGE: How do you think our teams are different?

Alexander: They are super smart, and have previous experience. They are very aware of the need to build the stronger dynamics, culture, and human aspect of their start up. It was great. They were aware of the importance of good leadership, good management, good culture, solid values, and also just the team dynamic. They trust each other and understand the need to be on the same page, and work well with each other. 

...Trust is about motives, integrity, honesty, competence, and results. They all realize from past experience that without trust, no matter how good your product, service, or pitch is, if your team does not have trust itself, you have a pretty good chance that your team will fail down the road.  

EDGE Edtech® Accelerator Announces “Rock-Star” Line up

EDGE Edtech® Accelerator Announces “Rock-Star” Line up of Mentors, Advisors, and Speakers for Fall 2015 NYC Accelerator Program

In addition to $170,000 in funding, participants in intensive three-month EDGE Accelerator will receive mentorships and coaching from education and technology industry luminaries

New York, NY, April 2, 2015 – Last week, EDGE Edtech announced the launch of its 2015 EDGE Accelerator program in New York City.  Today, it announces the line up of mentors and advisors who will work with the ten companies selected to participate. The EDGE Accelerator provides access to one of the industry’s largest and most powerful networks of experienced leaders in the education and technology fields. Mentors, advisors and speakers lined up to participate in the program include:

 

Edtech CEOs

Mark Chernis, Former President, COO of Schoolnet, acquired by Pearson 

Andrew Cohen, CEO BrainScape

Alvin Crawford, CEO Knowledge Delivery Systems

Tom Davidson, CEO EverFi

Jennifer Fremont-Smith, Former CEO Smarterer acquired by PluralSight

Paul Gollosh, CEO Voxy

Jeremy Johnson, CEO Andela

Michael Karnjanaprakorn, CEO SkillsShare

John Katzman, CEO Noodle -

Tim Loomer, Former CEO Scantron and Campus Management Systems -

Matt Pittinsky, Former Co-Founder of Blackboard, CEO Parchment 

Josh Reibel, Former CEO Wireless Generation

Torrence Robertson, Founder and Former CEO eChalk -

Jake Schwartz, CEO General Assembly

 

Leaders of the largest educational publishers

Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer, Pearson 

Peter Cohen, CEO of McGraw Hill Education

Ken Eng, SVP of MacMillan

Will Ethridge, Former CEO, Pearson North America 

Margery Mayer, CEO Scholastic Education

Zach Posner, CEO of Engrade, acquired by McGraw Hill Education

Genevieve Shore, Former CIO, Pearson

Kate Walker, IAC- Princeton Review, Tutor.com

 

Ed Tech Investors

Jason Klein, HBS Angels

Laurie Giddins, NYC Partnership Fund 

Maria Gotsch, NYC Partnership Fund 

Matt Greenfield, Partner Rethink Education

Angela Lee, 37Angels

David Pakman, Partner, Venrock 

Deborah Quazzo, Partner GSV Capital

Rick Segal, Managing Partner Rethink Education 

Tom VanDerArk,  Partner Learn Capital 

Andy Weisman, Partner Union Square Ventures 

 

Technology Enablers & Functional Experts

Azita Ardikani, CEO & Founder Love Social

Matt Blumberg, CEO Return Path, Author Startup CEO

André Dua, Mckinsey, Managing Director Education Practice

Evan Schneyer, Product Management, Google

Matt Walleart, Microsoft

 

Educators & Education Policy Experts; 

Ted Brodheim, Former CIO, New York City Department of Education 

John Danielson, Former Chief of Staff to the US Secretary of Education, USDOE -

David DeSchryver, Director, Whiteboard Advisors

Bob Dorf, Columbia Business School – Co Author with Steve Blank of Startup Owners Manual

Tom Eisenmann, Co-Chair HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship Harvard B-School

Denise Gallucci, CEO Gems, North America 

Steve Hodas, Former Director NYCDOE iZone

Doug Lynch, Former Associated Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Education

Jim Shelton, Former Deputy Secretary of Education, USDOE

Chris Whittle, Founder of Edison Schools and Avenues: The World School 

 

Additional current and former luminaries in the fields of education, learning, and technology will also be added to the lineup of mentors and advisors working with EDGE Accelerator participants in the coming weeks and months.

 

About EDGE Accelerator

For entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, the EDGE Accelerator was co-founded by Ed Tech veterans Don Burton and Jonathan D. Harber.   By creating and leveraging an eco-system of innovation in New York City, EDGE aims to launch and accelerate Ed Tech startups to tackle to world’s greatest education problems.

 

The EDGE Accelerator is now accepting applications for the September 2015 class from innovative startups focused on technology solutions to improve education and learning -- across all stages from birth through lifelong learning. Each of the ten companies selected for the program will receive $170,000 in funding. Applications are available at www.EdgeAccelerator.com --rolling admissions begin immediately and will end June 25.

 

The intensive three-month mentor-led Accelerator, housed in EDGE’s offices in New York City, runs from September to December 2015.  It provides mentorship, coaching, legal services, agile development expertise, sales consulting, business development and more.  It is designed to help entrepreneurs secure their next round of financing, culminating in Demo Day when companies will present to an unparalleled network of angel and venture capital education investors.  

 

 

Media Contact

 

Nancy Hanger, Weber Shandwick

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Email: nhanger@webershandwick.com

 

Welcome to The EDge

EDGE Edtech® Launches Accelerator in New York City for Education Technology Start-Ups, Offering $170,000 in Funding to Ten Selected Companies

Intensive three-month program provides comprehensive services and introductions to the funding community

New York, NY, March 25, 2015 – EDGE Edtech® today announced the launch of its 2015 EDGE Accelerator program in New York City.  The EDGE Accelerator is now accepting applications for the September 2015 class from innovative startups focused on technology solutions to improve education and learning -- across all stages from birth through lifelong learning. Each of the ten companies selected for the program will receive $170,000 in funding. Applications are available at www.EdgeAccelerator.com --rolling admissions begin immediately with selections concluding June 25.

The intensive three-month mentor-led Accelerator, housed in EDGE’s offices in New York City, runs from September to December 2015.  It provides mentorship, coaching, legal services, agile development expertise, sales consulting, and business development, among other resources. It is designed to help entrepreneurs secure their next round of financing, culminating in Demo Day when companies will present to an unparalleled network of angel and venture capital education investors. 

EDGE Edtech was co-founded by Don Burton, former Managing Director of the Kaplan/Techstars EdTech Accelerator. While running the Kaplan/Techstars program in 2013 and 2014, Don successfully accelerated over 20 edtech companies, including Degreed, Newsela, Verificient, Cognotion, RobotsLab and Edvisor. The two classes have a collective market valuation north of $175 million and have raised over $35 million since graduating from the program. The other co-founder, Jonathan D. Harber, is the renowned entrepreneur behind Schoolnet, Inc., one of the most successful edtech companies of the last decade. Jonathan was a mentor at Kaplan/Techstars Edtech Accelerator where he and Burton met and worked together.

The EDGE Accelerator provides access to the industry’s largest and most powerful networks of experienced leaders in the education and technology fields. Mentors and advisors include CEOs/Founders of the most successful edtech startups; Active edtech venture capitalists and angel investors; Leaders of the largest educational publishers; Technology enablers and functional specialists from the largest technology giants and education policy experts, among many others.

“Some of the greatest challenges in global education will be solved through edtech startups,” said Harber. “New York is the perfect hub for EDGE, hosting the largest K-12 school system in the nation, the biggest community college network, the education publishing giants, headquarters to the largest corporate training departments, the financiers backing major education companies, cutting edge researchers, two million active students, and more. By creating an ecosystem of innovation in New York City, we will unleash the next generation of companies and entrepreneurs to improve the world.”

“We work with the best and brightest in education technology, from talented teams with an amazing prototype to startups with over a million in financing and a growing customer base,” said Burton. “We are excited to launch the EDGE Accelerator, build companies, mentor entrepreneurs, and change the future of education and learning.”

About EDGE Accelerator

For entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, the EDGE Accelerator was co-founded by edtech veterans Don Burton and Jonathan D. Harber. By creating and leveraging an eco-system of innovation in New York City, EDGE aims to launch and accelerate edtech startups to tackle to world’s greatest education problems. For more information on EDGE Accelerator, please visit www.EdgeAccelerator.com

 Media Contact

Nancy Hanger, Weber Shandwick

Tel: 212-445-8055

Email: nhanger@webershandwick.com