Preparing for Startup Weekend EDU

Our team is gearing up for Startup Weekend EDU in Boston this weekend and we’ve been excited to see incredible interest from local educators, students (high school, college, and graduate!), designers, developers, and professionals of all backgrounds.  We’ll also be welcoming visitors from outside of the Greater Boston Area and we can’t wait to show them the talent, enthusiasm, and passion our city has to offer.

As participants are preparing for an intense 54-hours just before the holidays, we wanted to start a running list of resources that could help the make the most of their time.  If you know of other great articles, presentations, or videos about education, edtech, product development, customer validation, creating a great user experience, etc. – let us know at

Our goal is to give our participants an incredible learning experience and introduce them to new people, skills, and perspectives all while thinking about how we can meaningfully impact the education markets.

Our top picks to get your creative juices flowing and help you make the most of Startup Weekend (work in progress!):

1) The Lean Startup Model for Edtech Entrepreneurs: A video on applying the best lean startup practices to education technology

2) Education Entrepreneurs: A quick guide to edtech business models, recent investments in this market, and business canvases

3) How to Start a Startup: Currently an online course from Stanford, this class is designed to be a sort of one-class business course for people who want to start startups.Video lectures from top VCs and Founders cover topics from building a team to scaling and raising money

4) Your must read book list: Entrepreneurship is, fundamentally, about the quality of our learning. If you’re an aspiring education entrepreneur, this is a list of must-read titles curated by 4pt0 Schools that will broaden your perspective and deepen your understanding

5) Edtech Market Map: Flybridge Capital does a great job laying out the education landscape and providing examples of companies currently working in each subcategory. Knowing your competition is key!


Community Leader Of The Week: Christine Ortiz

Christine Ortiz

Christine Ortiz is the Executive Director of a preparatory school for Gifted & Talented students in Florida and a Startup Weekend EDU organizer.

We love her because:

  • She founded The Knowledge Laboratory – a project that focuses on motivating teenagers by making learning fun.
  • Ortiz and all of her organizations have been featured in various publications including the M.I.T. Newsletter, Success Magazine, Alpha Phi Quarterly, USA Today, Seminole Voice, the Orlando Sentinel, and Entrepreneur Magazine.
  • Christine has also been a keynote speaker at state and national conferences on topics of youth empowerment and social change.

Christine on SWEDU:

“The red-tape of the teaching profession has led to this group of folks who are passionate about teaching — but who are treated like robots, given scripts to read in class, who have to teach tests and spend half their time filling out papers. Things like Startup Weekend Edu provide the catalyst they need to walk into those classrooms and take control back.” 

 “Startup Weekend EDU does two things: it promotes the start of more viable companies in the area, and being an Edu vertical … we’re hoping to bring the educational community together in Orlando.”