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.  



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