LAUNCHedu 2015 Startup Finalists, Emcees, Judges and Coaches Announced!

Written by Jessica MacCall | January 28, 2015

SXSWedu is thrilled to reveal the full program for the fourth annual LAUNCHedu education startup competition including this year's finalists, judges, emcees and coaches!

LAUNCHedu Emcees

SXSWedu relies on the insights and charisma of emcees to help make the event a success. This year SXSWedu is excited to pair an enthusiastic educator and a passionate entrepreneurial leader together as the 2015 LAUNCHedu emcees.

LAUNCHedu Emcees

Mike Kleba

Teacher,
North Shore Schools

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

Director of Education Entrepreneurs,
UP Global

LAUNCHedu Finalists

A record number of entries, from across the US and around the world, were received for this year's LAUNCHedu competition. After weeks of extensive evaluations, SXSWedu is pleased to introduce the finalists that have been selected to participate in LAUNCHedu 2015 at SXSWedu, March 9-12 in Austin, Texas.

LAUNCHedu Judges

The LAUNCHedu Lightning Round and Showdown judging panels, comprised of education practitioners, successful entrepreneurs and investors, will contribute their unique experience and expertise to the 2015 competition.

LAUNCHedu Judges

    Bob Metcalfe
    Professor of Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business

    Jennie Magiera
    Digital Learning Coordinator, Academy for Urban School Leadership

    Dan Carroll
    Cofounder & Chief Product Officer, Clever

    Jeff Livingston
    Senior Vice President, Education Policy and Strategic Alliances, McGraw-Hill Education

    Jack Lynch
    Chief Executive Officer, Renaissance Learning

    Stacey Childress
    Chief Executive Officer, New Schools Venture Fund

LAUNCHedu Coaches

The LAUNCHedu coaches are experienced individuals who work closely with the finalists to assist them in preparing for their onstage presentation.

    Charles Thornburgh
    Founder, CEO and Director, Civitas Learning

    Scott Lipton
    Co-Founder and CEO, EdTech Action

    Susan Badger
    Principal, Badger Consulting Group

Photo by Robert Santos