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Impact Investor Night- EdTech


Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Impact Investor Night- EdTech

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Please bring your business cards, we will verify investor status at the door. This is to ensure true investor/entrepreneur ratio.
Ended Free $0.00
(Early Bird) Startup Founder Ended $10.00 $1.54
(General Admission) Startup Founder Ended $20.00 $2.09

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Welcome to Return on Change's 2nd Impact Investor Night on Thursday, December 5th!  

This past September we successfully launched our 1st Impact Investor Night and thanks to all the impact investors and entrepreneurs who came out to support social innovation & impact investing! Here are some of the things that happened:

  • Over 100 attendees came and filled the room with great energy & conversations
  • 5 high-impact startups pitched and 2 of those startups are now live on our website
  • Our guest speaker, John Liu, shared his experience with working in impact investing on the public side

1st RoC Impact Investor Night


This time we're focusing our Impact Investor Night on EdTech, a sector which is leading the way future generations will learn and educators will teach. 


7:00 PM - 7:30 PM     Sign in & Register. Wine, Beer & Hors d'oeuvreOpening Introduction

7:30 PM - 8:10 PM     Fireside Chat with EdTech Entrepreneurs & Industry Leaders

8:11 PM - 8:17 PM     Special Presentation: Teq's Jumpstart NAO Robot 

8:20 PM - 8:50 PM     EdTech Startups Pitching Session with Q&A

8:50 PM - 9:30 PM     Networking


Who Will Be Attending?

  • Entrepreneurs in the EdTech industry
  • Impact investors interested in EdTech
  • General public with an interest in what's going on in the EdTech sector

EdTech Startup Presenters:

GradTrain is the first international web platform designed for people who want to attend graduate school abroad. 


Kinvolveds software and program improves K-12 attendance by enabling family engagement and data-driven interventions.  


OpenSchool ePortfoliois a student-centered assessment tool that allows teachers to go beyond narrow multiple-choice assessments to give a more authentic picture of a student’s actual learning. 

Fireside Chat with:

Ash Kaluarachchi works with early-stage edtech startups to validate business models, secure capital, and reach customers. Primarily, he focuses on building partnerships with strategic partners and industry professionals to create a support structure for startup teams. He's also advised senior executives and administrators, including those at educational institutions, on their operations, procurement, and technology strategy, and has assisted US-based education publishers in entering international markets, including China.





John Lee is a software engineer with a background in artificial intelligence and data mining, and is the technical half of School Yourself's founding team. After spending 4 years at Google working on natural language question answering, he teamed up with the best teacher he knew to start a company with the goal of reinventing educational content from the ground up.




Preeti Birla has focused her career on launching and contributing to projects that increase access to education through technology. She began her career at Sesame Street where she launched Sesame Street India and worked on other international and domestic ventures to increase Sesame Street's reach. Currently, Preeti is working with the Office of Innovation at the NYC Department of Education where she's been helping startups build bridges with educators at NYC schools.  





Andrew Cohen is the CEO of Brainscape, a web and mobile education platform that teaches subjects as diverse as languages, medicine, and bartending using an adaptive learning algorithm. They are currently in the process of expanding our network of world-class educational partners to broaden the range of content that we offer.




Priya Garg is the Interim Managing Director at Socratic Labs, an educational technology start-up accelerator program embracing lean start-up practices and a community for education innovators.







Special Presentation:

Teq is an innovative learning company, dedicated to championing the evolution of the modern classroom. Since 1972, they have provided the education community with solutions to improve student learning and support sustainable growth. Teq's professional development model empowers educators, improves technology integration, and increases student achievement. Teq provides clients with a unique blend of experienced service, innovative products, and incomparable support, while fostering passion and creativity in the twenty-first century learning environment. 





A huge thank you to our gracious sponsors!


Jacob, Medinger & Finnegan, LLP, founded in 1973, is a boutique practice that handles sophisticated litigation and corporate matters. JMF's litigation attorneys specialize in complex corporate and commercial matters and the defense of product liability and mass tort litigation. They also have extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. Their cases often involve highly technical medical and scientific questions confronting their cases. Their deep understanding of these issues, combined with their litigation experience, enables them to represent their clietns' interests effectively and efficiently.



MCH Strategic Data is a U.S. based compiler of comprehensive K-12 and early childhood marketing databases. MCH hsa invested heavily in technology to ensure that its data is the freshest and most accurate in the marketplace. MCH provides email, direct mail, telemarketing, on-line, social media, and geospatial marketing solutions focused on more than five million K-12 educators. The company also compiles local government, healthcare, and religion databases. 


Andrew Park CPA is a full-service accounting firm that provides personal accounting service and professional expertise to individuals, businesses and investors. They are dedicated to providing their clients with professional and personalized services in a wide range of financial and business needs. They are experienced, professional and committed to providing excellence.

In-Kind Sponsors

The Cleaver Co. was born 30 years ago out of Mary Cleaver's conviction that the best foods are grown, tended and harvested within a day's drive of your table. Located in Chelsea Market- and replete with an intimate organic eatery, The Green Table- The Cleaver Co. produces a wide range of events, each one highlighting the best offerings of the region and the season. 


Mainstream is an open platform for independent news gathering and content distribution. Their mission is to address the economic, legel, and logistical challenges faced by media creators, distributors, and publishers around the world - within the expanding influence of the Internet. 


Brooklyn Brewery makes beer. Good beer. Not only does it taste good and make your meal better but we like to think that since its founding in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has brewed flavorful beers that enrich the life, tradition, and culture of the communities it serves. Its award-winning roster of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers have gained the Brewery notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world. 

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The Centre for Social Innovation is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation. They're a coworking space, community and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with three locations in Toronto and a location in New York City. 

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 50 cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.


Interested in presenting your startup at the event? We want to hear from you! Check here for application and email James at

For any general questions or if you're interested in becoming a sponsor please feel free to reach out to Grace at

Thanks so much!


What is Return on Change?


RoC is a funding platform that is assisting in raising investment capital for high-impact startups specifically in the Tech, EdTech, CleanTech, Life Sciences and Social Enterprise sectors. For more information, please visit our website at and follow us on twitter @RoCSpeaks!


Have questions about Impact Investor Night- EdTech? Contact KSE

When & Where

Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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