Boston started seeing a natural ed-tech boom in 2012. Between the area’s storied institutions of higher learning and an ever-evolving public school system repeatedly recognized for its academic excellence, it was only a matter of time before the innovation community latched on to a core strength the city’s been flexing for centuries.

And as the ed-tech momentum started to grow, so did the interest of venture capitalists. Investments in ed-tech companies tripled in the last decade, jumping from $146-million in 2002 to $429-million in 2011.

The heightened interest sparked increasing hype here in the Hub. An ed-tech and learning-focused accelerator, named LearnLaunchX, made its Boston debut in early 2013, promising seven startups $18,000 in seed funding, as well as mentorship and a collaborative place to work.

As we move into 2014, it’s clear the buzz isn’t going to die down. A slew of new ed-tech startups will start entering the space, while dozens of others will make a noise that can’t be ignored. For a look at some of those companies destined to make a stir, keep reading.