After successfully launching seven startups out of its inaugural program, LearnLaunchX is ready to usher in its second class. Boston’s ed-tech accelerator announced Monday the next cohort of early-stage startups prepared to tackle the problems plaguing education, with the help of some seed funding, mentorship and office space.
Each participating startup is awarded $18,000. LearnLaunchX takes a six percent equity stake in each of the companies and, in turn, provides six months of workspace, a team of industry-savvy mentors and guidance on how to bring products to market.
The actual program itself, based out of Back Bay’s Exponential TechSpace, is three months long, and will culminate with a Demo Day in May, where startups will have the opportunity to pitch to investors in an effort to secure follow-on funding. As Eileen Rudden, partner and co-founder of LearnLaunchX, said following the initial Demo Day, “This is the sector that needs innovation and is underinvested.”
Fellow founder Jean Hammond lauded the newest class in a statement, saying:
We are excited to work with some of the most innovative ed-tech startups that have technologies we believe will help transform learning and the business of education. Our entrepreneurs are coming here from all over the world, because Boston is the center of ed-tech innovation and provides unparalleled support to startups. We intend to take our companies to the point where they have validated their business models and become attractive prospects for investors.
For a look at the startups she’s referencing, check out the descriptions below, as provided by the accelerator.
- Book&Table — An educational marketplace for people to create, discover and purchase personalized courses.
- Campuscene — A modern and engaging college search platform that serves both applicants and admissions offices.
- CueThink — Creator of Quantum, a game-based peer-to-peer learning platform for math problem solving.
- Hstry — A digital learning tool that enables teachers, students and historians to construct interactive historical timelines for the digital classroom.
- QuadWrangle — A software platform for more personal and valuable alumni engagement.
- Skaffl — Creator of Braket, a mobile-first teaching and learning platform for the 1:1 K-12 classroom.
- uConnect — A unique campus recruiting platform that is changing the way colleges and universities provide career services to their students.