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Written by the organizers of Chicago Startup Weekend Education (September 26th-28th)

On September 26th, Startup Weekend Education returns to Chicago seeking to build on last year’s phenomenal success.

One of the most successful start-ups to come out of Chicago last year did not even crack the final top three, Fantasy Geopolitics.  Minnesota school teacher Eric Nelson remained undeterred and leveraged the strong technical and business support from his Startup Weekend experience to launch successful Kickstarter campaigns and trips to New Orleans for 4.0 Schools and Nashville for EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit.


Eric Nelson, Fantasy Geopolitics

We are exciting to bring back together the Midwest’s educators, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and other business professionals through their passion to make a positive impact on education. We have added to our roster of coaches and mentors with the technical and design talent behind successful edtech start-ups like Benchprep, GetSet, LearnMetrics, Packback Books, RedShelf, Starter League.  And, in a further learning opportunity, our friends at Educelerate have organized a conference on Education Startups in Success for the Friday of the Weekend (with a discounted ticket that gets you into both events).Whether you RSVP for the separate Conference or not, its final panel also serves as the unofficial welcome to Startup Weekend Education with edtech luminaries Ron Packard and Jack Larson speaking on the future of education innovation.


Ron Packard


Jack Larson


1871 DeVry Incubator

Additionally, Educelerate has sponsored a special Challenge and prize for the team that best addresses the unique needs of Non-traditional Students.  Additional prizes will come from our sponsors like DeVry and 1871, which are rolling out a new EdTech incubator. The first step takes place the weekend of September 26th in downtown Chicago at National Louis University.  Purchase your ticket at Chicago Startup Weekend Education to join a team and work with our mentors, coaches and organizational team.