After competing against 200 applicants worldwide, eight innovative companies have been selected to join the Intel Education Accelerator, a product of the collaboration of Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, and Intel Education. By providing mentorship from technology, business and education experts; the program will help ed-tech startups develop ideas with the potential to transform education.
"We had a really strong global response during the application process, and we are extremely happy with the eight diverse companies that will be a part of our inaugural cohort," said Intel Vice President John Galvin, general manager of Intel Education. "These companies are eager to grow and make an impact on education, just as Intel has been committed to throughout our history. Together with our 50 mentors, we can't wait to work with these impressive startups."
Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, the four-month program will connect participating companies with educators and governments in more than 100 countries, provide workspace and prepare companies to secure investments of up to $100,000 each.
Members of the Inaugural Cohort
*BeeLine (Woodside, California), whose digital reading tools help students learn to read faster and help those with dyslexia and other learning differences read more fluently.
*Echelon Creative* (New York City), which replaces normal words in text messages with advanced synonyms, teaching a user new vocabulary words in context.
*GotIt!* (Menlo Park, California), an on-demand knowledge platform that lets students post photos of schoolwork problems and instantly connect with a study expert who can provide detailed explanations. The parallel ranking, bidding and matching engine was founded by Vietnam native Hung Tran, who previously led an international effort to build an open courseware program for millions of college students in his homeland.
*Griti* (San Francisco), which produces fast, on-demand video help that supports college students using on-campus peer networks of subject experts.
*Myriad Sensors* (Mountain View, California), maker of a wireless sensor called PocketLab* that connects to a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook and instantly streams measurement data similar to that of expensive lab equipment. PocketLab helps educators and students bring science, technology, engineering and math to real-world settings.
*ToneTree* (Troy, New York), which combines a small hardware unit with intelligent software to transform nearly any surface into an interactive musical instrument for innovative audio/visual education.
*Vidcode* (New York City), founded by software developers and educators Alexandra Diracles and Melissa Halfon to teach computer programming to teen girls by enabling them to upload their mobile videos to Instagram* and customize them with code.
*WriteReader* (Copenhagen, Denmark), a literacy-based learning platform for children to create and share their own storybooks and improve their reading and writing skills through big data and adaptive learning.
Upon completion of weekly classes and guidance from education industry experts, the program will conclude with a pitch day on December 2. All K-12 and higher education startups are eligible ford pitch day participation, but companies utilizing data analytics and adaptive learning will be given special consideration.
To learn more about program, visit the Intel Education Accelerator website.