AT&T Accelerates 6 Ed-Tech Startups

Carrier is working with six innovative ed-tech startups as part of its $350 million commitment to help students succeed in school and beyond.

May 10, 2016

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SAN FRANCISCO -- AT&T is working with 6 innovative ed-tech startups for the 2016 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class. The program is in its second year and is part of our $350 million commitment to help students succeed in school and beyond. The Accelerator supports for- and non-profit organizations driving student success and career readiness. The primary measure of success for the Aspire Accelerator is societal impact that the participating organizations create.

The participating organizations are from around the country. They have unique stories and diverse leadership. Women founded and lead 4 of the 6 companies.

  • Bitsbox (Boulder, Colo.) – monthly subscription to coding projects that teach grade-schoolers to program apps

  • Cogent Education (Athens, Ga.) – this interactive case study software has students acting like scientists, learning science concepts and honing problem solving skills

  • CommonLit (501(c)3 / Washington, D.C.) – a free digital platform that helps teachers find and plan engaging lessons and track student progress in reading

  • Couragion (Denver, Colo.) – an engaging app that exposes students to STEM careers using videos, games and self-reflection quizzes

  • TalkingPoints (501(c)3 / San Francisco, Calif.) – a multilingual texting platform that connects teachers, families and students via mobile technology

  • The Graide Network (Chicago, Ill.) – an online platform connecting teachers with on-demand teaching assistants to grade and provide thorough feedback on student work

“Tech is our business. And by applying it to challenges in education, anything becomes possible. This year’s Accelerator class is doing just that,” said Nicole Anderson, Assistant Vice President of Social Innovation, AT&T. “We’re eager to start working with them to help scale their solutions. We’re seeing the growth of last year’s class, and that builds excitement for this year.”

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)

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