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Christopher Nyren at CHI SWEDUThis month, Startup Weekend Education recognizes Innovator, Christopher Nyren, three-time Startup Weekend Education Organizer of ChicagoLos Angeles, and Twin Cities (coming up in May!)

Christopher founded Educelerate, a not-for-profit network to foster start-up ventures focused on education technology and innovation. They hold monthly Meetups and Workshops (either free of under $4) involving a membership base of over one thousand Educelerants in Chicago, Los Angeles, Twin Cities and (in the works) Phoenix. Christopher also founded Educated Ventures, and since 2012, has successfully raised and invested nearly $50 million across ten separate client capital raises and direct investments.

What People Are Saying About Christopher?

“Chris has a real presence in and is a true advocate for the Chicago edtech ecosystem.  He was able to generate strong sponsor interest in our first-ever Midwestern Startup Weekend Education from his vast network, and at the same time found opportunities to showcase local startups that have been the foundation of Chicago’s edupreneurial community.  Chris has a unique mix of corporate and investing experience combined with a love of working with founders – lucky thing that he’s bringing that passion to Startup Weekend Education events across the US in LA, Phoenix, Twin Cities, and back to Chicago this year!” – Vicky Guo, Startup Weekend Education Facilitator, and Chicago and Oakland Organizer Organizing Team

“Every time I chat with Christopher I am not only inspired, but really learn from him. He is my new hero!” — Dr. Michael K. Clifford, Chairman at SignificantSystems.org

Stay in touch with Christopher on Twitter and subscribe to the Startup Weekend Education newsletter to find out when tickets for his team’s Twin Cities event goes on sale.


Every month, Startup Weekend Education features an Educator and/or Innovator of the Month! Have someone you’d like to nominate? Email swedu@up.co his/her information.

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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