Across Boundaries brings together a diverse set of voices to discuss the most challenging questions facing teachers and the edtech industry today. We expect over 1,500 attendees, a third educator, a third entrepreneur, and a third edtech industry and investors. Our audience has broad interests: 60% of attendees identify K-12 as their primary interest, and 40% identify post-secondary, including corporate and lifelong learning, as their primary interest. Over 1,200 attendees from 33 states participated in the 2017 Across Boundaries Conference and 60% of them were decision makers.  If you would like more information, please let us know.

Details pertaining to sponsorship opportunities for 2018 are listed below. Interested? Please fill out the 2018 Sponsorship Form.


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Eileen Rudden, Co-Founder, LearnLaunch



Open Learning works closely with faculty, students and staff to further our understanding of teaching and learning; to innovate, study and scale digital technologies on the MIT campus and worldwide; and to share learning research globally.

J-WEL’s goal is to spark a global renaissance in education for all learners. Launched in May 2017 by MIT and Community Jameel, J-WEL is an incubator for change in education at MIT and around the world. Our approach is to bring together educators, technologists, policy makers, and societal leaders to address global challenges in education.  Associated with J-WEL is J-WEL Research and Projects, which conducts faculty-led research sponsored by J-WEL members.

Platinum Sponsors


Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates is a leading educational technology and publishing company with a mission to make classrooms better places for students and teachers. Its research-based, award-winning print and digital instruction and assessment products provide educators with the tools necessary to personalize learning for every student and help all students become college and career ready. Learn more at www.cainc.com.

Gold Sponsors


Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership to elevate the arts; advance solutions for climate change; and expand educational opportunity. Barr supports LearnLaunch under its Education program, which seeks to increase the number of youth in New England who connect to secondary and post-secondary success.

As part of Innovate@BU, BUild Lab serves as the home for innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. The power of Innovate@BU lies in no one person or program, but in the diverse network of skills, concentrations, and passions spread across the entire University. BUild Lab will be a central hub where you can attend hands-on workshops, make connections with mentors, find funding sources, and collaborate with other students on a project that plays to your passions.

EF provides life-changing education for global citizens. For over 50 years, our mission has been to give confidence and freedom to people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. With the desire to define your own path in life, and a little courage, EF opens up a world of possibilities.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the high school level across New England—where learning is personalized; learning is competency-based; learning takes place anytime, anywhere; and students exert ownership over their own learning.

Parthenon-EY is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with our clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape. We create a custom approach tailored to each client’s unique situation and bring extensive business experience with proven analytical techniques that lead to high-impact and actionable insights.

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

Silver Sponsors


At Bisk Ventures, not only are we committed to changing lives by improving education, but we are striving to find the newest technologies and ideas that will shape the world that our children will inherit. As a community, we must invest in our future. Bisk Ventures is the vehicle.

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA with an office hub in San Francisco. Employees reside in nearly 40 countries with sales in more than 125 countries around the world.

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. Our 400+ consultants in 47 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today’s challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. From helping boards with their structure, culture, and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations – our teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues.

rethink education is a group of serious and experienced investors committed to investing in companies we believe will meet the challenges and opportunities of 21st century learning. We work hard to find true differentiation in the market, entrepreneurs creating new categories of educational support that are grounded in rigorous pedagogy and strong business models.

Tyton Partners is the leading provider of investment banking and strategy consulting services to the global knowledge sector. With offices in Boston, MA and Stamford, CT, the firm has an experienced team of advisors who deliver a unique spectrum of services from strategy and market development decision-support to mergers and acquisitions and capital markets access that helps companies, institutions, non-profit organizations, and investors navigate the complexities of the education, media, and information markets. Tyton Partners leverages a deep foundation of transactional and advisory experience and unparalleled level of global relationships to make its clients’ aspirations a reality and catalyze innovation in the sector.

VitalSource is a global leader in building, enhancing, and delivering e-learning content. We provide educators and students with immersive, interactive experiences that go beyond the printed page. We also help hundreds of publishers enhance their existing content or create new, customized digital products. We deliver educational content to instructors and students around the world through our website, bookstore partnerships and institutional customers. With the most advanced technology and solutions, VitalSource is helping develop brilliant learners one experience at a time.

Startup Village Sponsor


Navitas Ventures is the education venturing arm of Navitas, tasked with pushing the boundaries of conventional thinking on learning and imagining new possibilities by incubating, investing and partnering in innovation that will redefine education in the future. Navitas Ventures global network—embedded in 50 cities around the world—is shaping the cutting-edge technology, innovation and ideas poised to change the future of education. With over 25 years of experience in international education and 80,000 students in 35 countries around the world, Navitas is deeply invested in supporting the learner of tomorrow.

Media Sponsor


EdSurge shares detailed information about what emerging technologies can–and cannot–do to support learning among students in grades K-12 and in higher ed. We report on latest news and trends in the edtech industry to help educators using technology to support teaching and learning; entrepreneurs building edtech products; investors, policy makers and others involved with education. With the right tools, technology can transform “learning” from something we did in classrooms at fixed hours of the day to something we can do anywhere, anytime.

In-Kind Sponsors


Credly empowers the recognition of lifelong achievement by offering the leading platforms for verifying, sharing and managing digital badges and credentials.

KnowledgeVision provides a powerful cloud solution that enables any business to create, manage, analyze, and host video and video-based content across any device. With KnowledgeVision solutions, users can instantly create and publish video narrated presentations, share them anywhere and track and measure their success.  Used by over 200 leading brands and institutions to deliver nearly every on-demand training, HR, learning & development and communications initiative imaginable.

International Cafe Partners

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The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service at the Consulate General of Canada in Boston promotes the development of the Canadian economy by building commercial linkages between Canadian companies and local contacts throughout New England. Our team focuses on cross-border trade, investment, technology partnering and market access issues.

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The Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands/The Holland Innovation Network in Boston is part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. We work with start-ups, scale-ups, companies and research institutes/universities from the Netherlands and facilitate their exploration of innovation opportunities available in the Northeast of the US (Boston, Cambridge) and the East of Canada (Toronto, Montreal). Our main themes include Life Sciences and Health, CleanEnergy, Water Innovation, FinTech/cybersecurity, IT, EdTech, Artificial Intelligence, and Start-ups.

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The Economic Mission is a government entity that facilitates collaboration, trade and investment between Israel and North America.
The mission serves as a gateway for American companies that would like to explore investment opportunities in Israel, and for Israeli companies looking to develop and expand their operations in the U.S.
We provide guidance and business opportunities for companies interested in raising capital, exporting goods and services, and finding technological or strategic partners. We also provide information on grants, loans and incentives that the Israeli government provides to foreign investors.Year round, we arrange and support dozens of conferences, business delegations and campaigns for every sector of the economy, from high-tech and new media to consumer products.

Media Partners


DigiPub is the podcast of the Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative. Each episode explores the spectrum between content and its audiences and communities – everything from content to business to technology in the worlds of media and publishing. We start with a short interview with a guest, followed by some quick reactions from members of the Collaborative.

EdTech Times is a multimedia news company reporting from the intersection between education, technology, innovation, and work. 

We explore the full lifecycle of education, from the policy makers forming the blueprints for education, to the teachers practicing new methods in the classroom, to the startups creating new educational tools online, and to the ever-evolving workforce where learning equates advancement. 

Our goal is to gather ideas and research on each interconnected spoke of education, aggregating the perspectives of the educational movers and shakers of the world to share new research, technologies, and ideas with our audience across the globe. 

The New England Journal of Higher Education (NEJHE) is the region’s primary platform for the timely discussion of the higher education issues affecting colleges and universities. It offers the best and most up-to-date thinking on issues affecting higher education and connects top decision-makers to key data, commentary and expertise through interactive and timely online offerings. NEJHE also offers commentary and analysis about New England higher education and its relationship to the economy and quality of life.

StartHub is the City of Boston’s official resource guide to the Greater Boston startup community. Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, Gust, and a wide number of partners from the startup community, StartHub is designed to be a comprehensive, centralized online platform that connects, supports, and grows our region’s world-class startup community.