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I’m excited to announce the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars this morning. Kaplan will host ten companies focused on education technology and product innovation for an intensive three-month program in New York City this summer. The program will be housed very close to Techstars NYC in the West Village-SoHo neighborhood from June to September 2013. Mentors include Udemy CEO Eren Bali, Kaplan’s CEO Andy Rosen, Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson, General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz, Benchprep co-founders Ashish Rangnekar and Ujjwal Gupta, Nick Ducoff (Boundless Learning), Brad Feld (Foundry Group), Sree Sreenivasan (Columbia University), Phil Weiser (Former Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the National Economic Council Director at the White House, Dean of CU Law School), Matthew Greenfield (Managing Director of Rethink Education), myself, and many more industry leaders in the edtech space. Teams will receive $20K in seed funding, introductions to angel investors and VCs and access to Kaplan’s extensive network of resources; schools, students, tools, and research.

We’re very excited about partnering with Techstars to launch the KaplanEdTech Accelerator. Kaplan’s mission is to provide students with the best, most efficient means to achieving their educational goals. Ongoing cultivation of new innovations in the sector—in ways like this accelerator initiative—is embedded in our company’s history – Andy Rosen, Kaplan, Inc. chairman and CEO

My team and I are just as thrilled as Andy. Kaplan has been a long-time champion of startups and has been supportive of the Techstars community. We’re looking for teams that support ongoing learning, certifications, continuing education, and, in Kaplan’s words, any startup that “harnesses the latest learnings from the fields of science, instructional design, and technology to support the development of highly effective, evidence-based learning products.” Teams aren’t limited to traditional classroom education nor K-12. We’re looking for teams that are thinking outside of the box on a big scale.

Details about the program are available at KaplanEdTechAccelerator.com. The final application deadline is April 14, 2013. Selected companies will be contacted by the end of April, and the program will begin in June. Apply now!

Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools, and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K through 12. Kaplan also operates an active venture capital fund, Kaplan Ventures, which invests in and supports early-stage education companies.  Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) and its largest division.


David Cohen
(@davidcohen) Founder & Managing Partner of Techstars, previously founder of several technology companies. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com