Startups

SXSWedu Launch photo by Rebecca Hedges Lyon

SXSWedu Launch showcases innovations in education with a fast-paced, live startup competition. The fifth annual Launch competition will take place at SXSWedu, March 7-10, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Read more about the program below or download the Launch info sheet to view 2016 eligibility requirements and learn more.

SXSWedu Launch Schedule

Tuesday, March 8 2:00pm - 4:00pm Launch Competition Lightning Round
Tuesday, March 8 6:00pm - 8:00pm SXSWedu Startup Showcase
hosted by Macmillan Enterprise Solutions Group
Wednesday, March 9 2:00pm - 3:00pm Launch Competition Showdown Round
Wednesday, March 9 7:30pm - 11:00pm Launch Party & Winner Announcement
hosted by Walton Family Foundation

Launch Program

SXSWedu relies on the expertise of a handpicked group of judges and an emcee who, based on their demonstrated business and investment experience, are qualified to help determine the viability of a startup. These experts play a key role in the event and help guide the exciting Launch competition.

Guy Kawasaki

Emcee

Guy Kawasaki
Chief Evangelist, Canva

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


Judges

The competition judging panel, comprised of classroom educators, school leaders, successful entrepreneurs and investors, will contribute their unique experience and expertise during the live Launch event in March. Additional judges will be added in the coming weeks.

Dr. Joan E. Hughes (The University of Texas at Austin) Juan Cabrera (Superintendent, El Paso ISD) Sam Chaudhary (Co-founder & CEO, ClassDojo) Brian Dixon (Principal, Kapor Capital)
José Luis Vilson (Teacher, New York Public Schools) Sehreen NoorAli (Vice President, Business Development, Noodle Education) Stephen Laster (Chief Digital Officer, McGraw Hill Education) Felice Nudelman (Chancellor, Antioch University)

Joan E. Hughes (Associate Professor of Learning Technologies, The University of Texas at Austin)
Juan Cabrera (Superintendent, El Paso ISD)
Sam Chaudhary (Co-founder & CEO, ClassDojo)
Brian Dixon (Principal, Kapor Capital)
José Luis Vilson (Teacher, New York Public Schools)
Sehreen NoorAli (Vice President, Business Development, Noodle Education)
Stephen Laster (Chief Digital Officer, McGraw Hill Education)
Felice Nudelman (Chancellor, Antioch University)


Coaches

The Launch coaches are experienced individuals who work closely with the each of the Launch finalists, offering feedback and insights as they prepare for their onstage presentations.

Peter Nilsson (Assistant Dean and English Teacher, Deerfield Academy) Shara Britni Stinson (Director of Venture Selection, Camelback Ventures) Din Heiman (Chief Operating Officer , Brainpop)

Peter Nilsson (Assistant Dean and English Teacher, Deerfield Academy)
Shara Hegde (Chief Schools Officer, Alpha Public Schools)
Britni Stinson (Director of Venture Selection, Camelback Ventures)
Din Heiman (Chief Operating Officer, BrainPOP)


Finalists

Early-stage companies seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships and exposure were invited to apply online for consideration in the 2016 competition. As result, SXSWedu received applications from innovative startups from all over the world. Applications are now under review by the Launch Advisory Board and the 2016 finalists will be revealed in January 2016!

Admit.me

Admit.me

admit.me | @admitme
Silver Spring, Maryland

Admit.me connects millions of global applications with college students, and admissions experts to receive insights and actionable feedback at an affordable price.

Alchemie

Alchemie

alchem.ie | @LearnAlchemie
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Alchemie builds mobile games for higher education, beginning with a huge pain point: organic chemistry. By layering of multiple learning cues - kinesthetic, audio, and visual - into engaging game-play, students have a new method to make sense of the visual-spatial ideas at the core of understanding chemistry and science.

ELSA

ELSA

elsanow.io | @elsa_now
San Francisco, California

ELSA is the world’s best educational mobile app for language learners to improve pronunciation and reduce accent, utilizing in-house speech recognition, automated feedback and deep learning technology. Our vision is to enable 1.5 billion learners to increase language fluency at the lowest cost and unlock new opportunities.

Expii

Expii, Inc.

expii.com | @ExpiiInc
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Expii is the personal learning revolution. We put the power to participate, teach, and learn directly in your hands. Groundbreaking algorithms extend chess-style ratings to pinpoint your location in the map of knowledge with unprecedented precision, powering your personal GPS for Education: turn-by-turn guidance to any destination you indicate.

Listen Current

Listen Current

listencurrent.com | @listencurrent
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Listen Current delivers listening experiences that spark learning! We curate the best of public radio to keep teaching connected to the real world and build student listening skills at the same time.

 Paragon One

Paragon One

paragonone.com
New York, New York

Paragon One is a video coaching marketplace and adaptive learning platform which guides international students to career success in the U.S. and abroad. Using proprietary algorithms and curriculum, international students are matched with a network of industry experts for training tailored to the challenges of succeeding in the U.S.

 Parachute Teachers

Parachute Teachers

parachuteteachers.com | @parachuteteach
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Parachute Teachers is reimagining the role of the substitute teacher by sharing the talents of the local community with schools through an online marketplace. Instead of sitting students in front of a movie for the day, parachute in one of our teachers to teach yoga, photography, robotics and more.

 Smart Coos

Smart Coos

smartcoos.com | @smartcoos
New Orleans, Louisiana

Smart Coos is where parents can get live language sessions for their littlest learner. Smart Coos web-based platform provides young children, newborns to age 16, the opportunity to learn a second language with a combination of live-language sessions and automated text nudges based on a language curriculum.

 territorium

Territorium

territoriumlife.com | @territoriumlife
Guadalupe, Nuevo León, México

Territorium is a gamified social network for education in which students learn by projects, by teaching others and by solving challenges that are recognized with gamification while the platform measures the habilities and competences they develop.

WordsLiive

Words Liive

wordsliive.org | @WordsLiive
Washington, D.C.

Words Liive is a literacy augmentation start-up founded upon a patented a teaching process called CGI (Contemporary Grammar Integration) that isolates grammar structures in popular music, social media, and computer coding to teach reading and writing skills for traditional literature.


Visit the LAUNCHedu Alumni page to see past participants or check out the LAUNCHedu FAQ for a complete listing of frequently asked questions and answers.

Photo by Rebecca Hedges Lyon