We are excited to announce that as of today, Startup Weekend EDU in the U.S., previously managed by 4.0 Schools, will officially become part of Techstars.
4.0 Schools took over support for Startup Weekend EDU events in the U.S. as part of a transition during the merger between Techstars and UP Global over a year ago. During the transition, Techstars assumed support for all other Startup Weekend events, including Startup Weekend EDU events outside of the U.S.
Both organizations will work together to support Startup Weekend EDU community leaders during the transition, working with local organizers to continue to ignite local education entrepreneurship communities.
Early stage education entrepreneurs in the U.S. who worked previously with 4.0 Schools will be closer tied to the Techstars global ecosystem made up of tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors and corporate partners.
Startup Weekend EDU global initiatives will come together under Techstars’ Startup Programs team, who will service and support organizers, helping them to grow ticket sales, find mentors and judges, and connect organizers with local educators in their communities.
While Startup Weekend EDU will not be a part of 4.0 Schools’ programs, 4.0 is committed to continue supporting entrepreneurs and education ecosystem builders through their Community Catalyst, Essentials and Tiny Fellowship programs.
4.0 plans to invest up to 75k in scholarships for education ventures coming out of Startup Weekend events that align with their commitment to building schools, learning spaces and edtech.
Startup Weekend EDU events and community leaders in the U.S. will now be supported by the Techstars Startup Programs team that currently runs roughly 1,000 Startup Weekends around the world each year.
To date, Startup Weekend EDU has helped over 12,000 people across 36 countries play an active role in shaping the future of education through 54-hour events that give educators and others a launchpad to pitch their idea, develop a business model and product, and test it with users – all in one weekend.
Education companies that have come out of Startup Weekend EDU have included Vidcode, Emote, Literator, PenPal Schools, FANSchool, Trinket, CultureConnect and Juicebox.
You can find upcoming Startup Weekend EDU events at http://startupweekend.org/interests/EDU