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Our brand new site is ready – the one we built specifically for you!


Ok, I think that’s about all the cheesy rhyming you can stomach in one sitting, plus I’m sure I’m losing “cool points” with every line, so I’ll get right to it: We have BIG news! In addition to Startup WeekendNEXT, and Startup DigestUP Global’s fourth program, Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU), just debuted a brand new website!

SWEDU Screenshot

So What is This “SWEDU” Thing?

Founded in 2011, SWEDU is a global initiative that equips local communities with the entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, and network to effectively solve pressing education problems. Composed of passionate educators, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers, SWEDU is on a mission to revolutionize the education and learning markets. The program brings together people in these networks over the course of 54-hour events to help design and produce viable companies that solve some of education’s most pressing problems.

Thanks to the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  SWEDU is broadening its program to provide more tactical support both prior to and after the event, as well as serve as a resource hub of timely and timeless content that education entrepreneurs can utilize to advance their endeavors. Only two and a half years old, SWEDU has already expanded into 30 cities and every continent in the world (except for that really really cold one), directly impacting the lives of thousands around the globe. Its expansion plans mark an unprecedented opportunity for anyone and everyone to play a role in creating the future of education, and the addition of the website, now makes it easier for people to find out how they can get involved.

A Quick Site Overview

There’s some really awesome information to dive into on the site, and plenty more to come over the next few months, but for now, here’s a quick run-down of some of the great things you’ll find:


You’re the Builder and We’re the Toolkit

One of our favorite quotes at SWEDU is “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” by Mahatma Gandhi. It stands out to us because we recognize that it is you – the individual, the group, the community- that has the power to create a world you can be excited about and proud of. It is you who are the leaders of this movement of change, it is you who will shape the future of this world. And as for SWEDU, we simply want to provide you with the best resources, support, and network you’ll need along the way.

So here you go, builders, take a peak inside your starter-kit!

Chicago SWEDU team

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Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Mandela Schumacher-Hodge
(@MandelaSH) A former public school teacher, education policy researcher, and PhD candidate, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge co-founded Tioki, the “The LinkedIn for Educators,” in 2011. Funded by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12