Michelson Runway EdTech Startups Set Their Sights on ASU + GSV Summit 2018

Career Climbers / 29th March 2018

Cohort 2 of The Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator enters the second half of its accelerator program with participating entrepreneurs gearing up to attend the ASU + GSV Summit on April 16-18, 2018. Hosted at San Diego’s Manchester Grand Hyatt, the annual convention serves as an opportunity for visionaries in higher education and Silicon Valley to join forces in raising learning and career outcomes through scaled innovation. During the course of the three-day event, Michelson Runway Cohort 2 entrepreneurs and mentors from Bisk Ventures and Entangled Velocity will come together under one roof to participate in skills training and community building, and to explore opportunities for growing and scaling their businesses.

The ASU + GSV Summit will see all nine Cohort 2 companies assemble for the second time since the successful Launch Event that occurred at Runway Incubator in San Francisco on February 15-17, 2018. During the kick-off, the entrepreneurs were invited to share their company’s vision, discover the wealth of resources the accelerator offers, and take part in Michelson Runway’s first-ever Hackathon. The Hackathon was hosted in partnership with General Assembly and sponsored by Cooley LLP.  The goal of the event was to provide each company with an outsider’s perspective on which parts of its solution clicked with users, and which needed improving.

Company representatives pitched their technologies to over 30 current and former General Assembly students in UX Design, Web Development, and Data Science classes who demonstrated interest in working in the edtech and social impact space. The students then teamed up with the startup that best aligned with their own passions, and explored ways in which the company could refine its solution.

“The Hackathon showcased the ingenuity of the accelerator’s talented entrepreneurs,” said Raymond Hsia, Instructor Manager at General Assembly. “We believe that the students from General Assembly who participated in the event walked away richer from the experience and excited at the amazing opportunities a career in technology has to offer.”

Michelson Runway is supported by The Michelson 20MM Foundation, which invests in educational innovations and technologies that improve access and equity in higher education, workforce development, and/or lifelong learning. “I am encouraged by the success of our inaugural Hackathon and look forward to seeing Cohort 2 companies further their development while attending the ASU + GSV Summit,” said Dr. Gary K. Michelson, founder of the Michelson 20MM Foundation. “We’ve selected a roster of talented pioneers who are truly motivated to bring positive change to higher learning and career training experiences in a collaborative manner.”

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