Announcing our 2017 Pitch Competition Winner

Slang is an adaptive language-learning platform for individuals, businesses, and universities that is quickly becoming the largest source for specialized and professional English courses (e.g., accounting, project management). Slang optimizes each user’s learning path in real time and syncs knowledge across all courses. With each new topic, students and professionals can master the remaining knowledge they need to rapidly advance in their careers. Check out their website to learn more about Slang!


In November and December of 2016, three fast-paced pitch competitions showcased some of the most innovative edtech startups as they competed for the chance to wow an audience of educators, industry experts, and potential investors at the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference in February 2017. Judges from the edtech ecosystem provided feedback. Ten startups moved on to participate in the conference Semi-Final on February 2, 2017.

The 2017 LearnLaunch Pitch Competition will conclude at the 2017 LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference with the final two companies pitching their edtech product in-front of over 1,000 participants who get to choose the winner, which will be announced on Thursday, February  2.


Post-Secondary Competition
November 1, 2016
Held at Cengage Learning

Thanks to our Judges:
– George Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Cengage
– Judah Karkowsky, VP of Corporate Development for Global Strategy and Business Development, Cengage Learning
– Dr. Joseph LiPuma, Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy and Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Curriculum Coordinator, Boston University Questrom School of Business
– Eileen Rudden, Co-Founder, LearnLaunch Institute


Pre-K-12 Pitch Competition
November 9, 2016
Held at LearnLaunch Institute

Thanks to our Judges:
– Steve Smith, Chief Information Officer, Cambridge Public Schools
– Adam Chace, Vice-President Software Engineering – Digital Instruction, Mobile, and Games, Curriculum Associates
– John Bartlett, Global Alliances Manager, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
– Jean Hammond, Co-Founder, LearnLaunch


Virtual Pitch Competition
December 1, 2016
Held Online

Thanks to our Judges:
Renee Foster, President, Curriculum Assocaites LLC
– Bill Triant, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Investments, North America, Pearson
Barbara Clarke, Founding Member, Astia Angels NYC; Founding Principal, The Impact Seat; Angel Investor
Liam Pisano, Managing Director, LearnLaunch