LearnLaunch Institute is a non-profit dedicated to increasing student achievement through the adoption of digital technologies. LearnLaunch Institute connects educators, entrepreneurs, learners, investors, and industry affiliates in the education innovation ecosystem. It offers conferences, meetups, classes, and other services to the edtech community.
LearnLaunch Institute is part of LearnLaunch, an organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and growing greater Boston’s education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. It offers a vibrant community, educational events, a collaborative co-working space, and a selective accelerator program to promote the growth of the education technology sector in greater Boston, a world education hub. For more information, visit http://learnlaunch.com.
The Edtech Landscape in Boston and Beyond
Boston-area Edtech Startups
Over 300 education technology and learning-oriented startups are currently based in the Boston area, drawing from its existing network of universities, learning companies, ecosystem, and technical talent. These companies have sprung up to solve challenges and take advantage of opportunities to support the growth and adoption of new products and methodologies within the education sector, which represents nearly 9% of the GDP.
These entrepreneurs are creating solutions to a diverse array of challenges that educators, students and parents currently face, including:
• The desire for personalized learning
• The need to maximize time of professional educators by reducing paperwork and improving workflow processes
• The ability for educators to assess student learning and tailor instruction to what they need to know
• More affordable learning options
• College persistence and completion
• Innovations to expand early childhood education
• Better transitions from high school and post-secondary school to careers
• Faster learning for employees in all sectors
• Assimilation of new technology in schools (i.e. tablets, mobile phones, etc.)
• The opportunity to move to more mastery or competency-based learning models
Many of these entrepreneurs actively participate in growing the Boston-area learning and education technology ecosystem by sharing their time and expertise.
National Investment in Edtech Companies
At the same time, more angel investors, venture capitalists, and impact investors are choosing to invest their time and capital in this sector. In the last three years, investment in this sector has grown rapidly. Both angels and institutional VCs are increasingly supporting cloud computing solutions, assessment and data solutions, and a new generation of digital curricular tools. There is also increasing investment by philanthropists and governments in schools that are at the cutting edge of applying the new tools and approaches with learners.
Boston is known globally as a center for both excellent education and technology innovation. Massachusetts pioneered the development of public schools, has been a leader in creating high standards for all learners, and in student achievement. It is the home of over 90 colleges and universities. Local K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, all benefit from innovative products that emerge from the LearnLaunch ecosystem. Schools can use new methods of instruction and learning to improve their student achievement outcomes faster. In addition, the Commonwealth is already benefiting from the creation of new jobs as this sector expands.