San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
During the weekend of the 23rd-25th May Accelerate Cambridge and eltjam.com will be hosting the first Cambridge EdTech Startup Weekend.
Accelerate Cambridge is the Cambridge Judge Business School’s in-house early venture accelerator. It complements the entrepreneurship programme at Cambridge Judge Business School by focusing on venture creation by teams with a structured combination of training, and mentoring.
eltjam.com is a successful blog focused on EdTech in the field of language learning. eltjam also works with startups and educational publishers in the development of learning products.
EdTech is the focus of considerable publicity and investment at the moment, with the promise of reinventing the enormous global education market through the intelligent and innovative use of online platforms, digital media, mobile devices, big data and social networking. Successful EdTech companies such as Knewton have raised over $100m in investment and are seeking to challenge existing approaches to learning and content delivery on a huge scale. Hundreds of smaller startups are successfully raising money and staking a claim to every imaginable part of the education system. Established education players such as Pearson are investing heavily in the transition of their businesses from print to digital both through internal investment and through an aggressive policy of acquisition of startups. At the same time, media corporations such as Disney and News Corp are moving into education. All of these players are closely watching the current hot topics in EdTech - including adaptive learning, gamification and mobile learning.
The Cambridge EdTech Startup Weekend will bring together budding EdTech entrepreneurs with investors and established EdTech companies. Over the course of the weekend participants will get a chance to develop and pitch their concept to a panel of business leaders and investors with a view to launching a compelling and innovative EdTech business.
The event: We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, build products and launch education startups. Startup Weekend EDU begins with open-mic 60-second pitches night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend and focusing on customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches. , teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.
Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here's your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion & dedication to build a startup quick & smart. Test your idea with real potential customers, receive coaching from experienced education entrepreneurs & industry professionals, and win prizes that will help you take your startup idea to the next level of execution!
We're looking for passionate educators, parents, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers who want to make to make a difference in education now. Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education startup while solving real problems in education.
Here's some of the things you get from attending:
+ A free .co domain name
+ $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
+ $100 of AWS credit for hosting
+ 50 free moo.com business cards
+ Awesome coaching by edtech industry leaders
+ Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
+ Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
+ A network of new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education
The Winning Team will receive:
+ Selected teams will be invited to join the Cambridge Judge Business School's in-house incubator, Accelerate Cambridge.
+ lots of prizes
About Startup Weekend EDU: Startup Weekend EDU events are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend EDU events culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working education startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea.
As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.
By participating in the Startup Weekend, each Participant grants STARTUP WEEKEND and its licensees, successors and assigns a non-exclusive, perpetual, non-cancelable, royalty free, fully paid up, worldwide right and license to edit, modify, adapt, translate, exhibit, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer of, reproduce, copy, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and otherwise use all and/or any part of such Participant’s names, likenesses, photographs, voices and images of all persons referenced and/or appearing in materials generated at the event, without limitation, anywhere in the world in any form (tangible or intangible, permanent or ephemeral, including, without limitation, audio, video, print, electronic, written, and photographic) and via any transmission medium (including, without limitation, television, radio, Internet, and print) now existing or that may exist in the future for advertising, trade, promotion, publicity and other related purposes without compensation and without notice to or consideration, review or approval from Participant.
Each Participant further agrees to (i) be questioned or interviewed (whether in person or by other means such as email or phone), filmed and/or photographed and available for interviewing, filming, photography and for other public relations, marketing and promotional activities associated with the Event, as reasonably required and directed by STARTUP WEEKEND, (ii) allow STARTUP WEEKEND to make contact with the Participant (whether in person, by phone, email or otherwise) for the purpose of requesting further information from the Participant in relation to their participation or for any other purpose related to the Startup Weekend. Each Participant represents and warrants that neither its participation, nor STARTUP WEEKEND’s exercise of any of the rights granted to it under these Terms will (a) infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation, those relating to patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, moral rights, mask works, defamation, privacy, publicity, false light, misappropriation, confidentiality, and/or any contractual or other rights recognizable under any applicable law, rule, regulation, ordinance, judgment or decree (collectively, “Law”), or (b) otherwise violate any applicable Law.
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