Navigating the Boston EdTech Startup Scene - Who to Know, Where to Go
Updated: Mar 30, 2022
Boston is home to some of the best colleges and universities, so it’s no surprise that we’re becoming an emerging leader in the edtech startup scene. Home to Panorama Education, EverTrue, Ellevation Education, and many other education-centric startups, Boston has seen great growth right in our own backyard, Below we’ve highlighted startups in the edtech community you’ll want to launch, along with movers and shakers who are making their mark in the startup community, and investors and startup resources for edtech startups.
EdTech Startups to Watch
There are so many edtech startups in Boston, New England and beyond! The innovation does not stop with this list:
Agogos - matches talented educators of color with schools struggling to recruit teaches from other districts and racial backgrounds. Founded in 2021.
Arist - helps companies deliver learning, training and nudges the flow of work via Teams, Slack and text message-based courses. Founded in 2019.
Coachspace - provides you with the best coach for your career, money, parenting, life, fitness and more. Founded in 2020.
Coastal Elites - empowers underrepresented students (ages 13-18) by offering resources in college admissions, financial literacy, health and wellness. Founded in 2019.
Edmit - builds data-driven products that extend institutional aid budget and improve affordability for students. Founded in 2017.
Electives - a professional development service that developers training your company will love from experts they’ll never forget. Founded in 2020.
LIT - an input-based language-acquisition tool for students and teachers. Founded in 2020.
Mission: Mentor - a student-founded startup building the first virtual college counselor; currently in beta. Founded in 2020.
Quinncia - an AI-based career development platform that helps students improve interview skills, polish resumes and find jobs
Movers and Shakers in the EdTech Space
Keep your pulse on what the local startup edtech scene is saying. Here are some Twitter handles you’ll want to follow!
Aaron Feuer - @aaronfeuer - CEO and Cofounder of Panorama Education, a company that helps educators act on data and improve student outcomes
Anant Agarwal - @agarwaledu - Founder and CEO of edX, the education movement for restless learners
Brent Grinna - @brentgrinna - Founder and CEO of EverTrue, the leading software platform for education fundraising
Bryanne Lemming - @BryanneLeeming - founder and CEO of Unruly Studios, an edtech startup empowering the next generation of digital innovators
Jean Hammond - @jeanhammond - partner at LearnLaunch, an edtech accelerator program, and an angel investor in the edtech space
Helen Adeosun - @hadeosun - CEO and founder of CareAcademy, a platform delivering online classes to help caregivers provide excellent care at home
Jordan Meranus - @jmeranus - CEO and Co-founder of Ellevation Education, an education software company
Sheela Sethuraman - @sheelasethu - Founder and CEO of CueThink, has over 20 years of experience in building and implementing educational technology solutions in K-12 classrooms
Networking Groups, Accelerators and Incubators for EdTech Startups
Here are a few events, networking groups and other resources you won’t want to miss if you’re interested or working in the New England EdTech startup scene. Check them out:
The Boston EdTech Foundation - provides free, public events for the EdTech community in the Greater Boston Area
Edinno - the learning community for early stage edtech innovators
edX - start learning from the world’s best institutions
LearnLaunch Fund + Accelerator - an education innovation hub. This program provides both an accelerator and investment fund for edtech startups in and near Boston.
Investors in EdTech
Here are a few VC firms and angel groups you’ll want to check out if you’re looking to raise in the Boston edtech space:
The EdTech Fund - this fund invests in seed-stage education technology
EduLab Capital Partners - an early-stage venture capital firm scaling the future of learning
Peak State Ventures - invests in future of work, healthcare IT, devtools, edtech, proptech and cybersecurity
Keep Your Pulse on the EdTech Startup Scene
The edtech landscape in Boston is ever-changing. We’ll always try to keep our resources updated here but if there is a resource you know of that we missed then please drop us a line here and let us know. We appreciate your help!