Platinum Sponsors


Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching.By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

Gold Sponsors


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Silver Sponsors


ExtensionEngine is a professional services company that helps exceptional universities, corporations and not-for-profits build and deliver innovative online and blended learning, what we call Custom Learning Experiences. We provide high end services for instructional design, user experience, software development and integration, hosting, quality assurance, learner acquisition, project and program management.

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.

Google Inc. is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.

Ligature Partners is a boutique retained executive search firm with a focus on industry sectors that educate, inform and entertain consumers. Our clients include: education companies and organizations – both for-profit and non-profit; B2B and B2C publishers; digital content developers, aggregators and distributors; technology companies; consumer product companies; and private equity companies across our industry-sector focus. The majority of our work involves identifying candidates from Director to C-level across a full range of functional areas.

Nutter is a top-tier, full service law firm dedicated to meeting emerging companies’ needs by drawing from the expertise of our attorneys practicing in the areas of labor/management relations, litigation, environmental counseling and permitting, debt and lease financing, and specialized estate planning for founders and entrepreneurs. Based in Boston, Nutter has a longstanding tradition of supporting ventures across the innovation economy, including the education technology and digital learning industry.

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.

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.

Successful software, internet and edtech companies can’t afford to stand still—they must continually rethink business strategies and revenue models to rise above the competition. For three decades, in the face of near-constant change, SVB has helped consumer and enterprise software and internet pioneers survive, grow and adapt. Our banking solutions help them place a value on their intellectual capital, capitalize on data and navigate urgent cash-flow challenges.

When classroom technology and the growth mindset combine, innovation is everywhere. Microsoft’s mission is to support educators in guiding and nurturing student passions. We work with hundreds of thousands of schools and school systems to solve big problems, by supplying tools and solutions that empower your students to achieve more.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP provides advice and counsel in litigation, corporate, securities, finance, banking, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, healthcare, technology, intellectual property, labor and employment, government relations, regulatory, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, immigration, international law, and other needs of clients. Nelson Mullins has more than 500 attorneys and government relations professionals practicing from offices in Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Colorado, the District of Columbia, and throughout the Carolinas.  The Firm is large enough to provide the necessary resources and experience, yet personal enough to provide individual client attention. At heart, Nelson Mullins is an entrepreneurial firm dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services to our clients.

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.

In-Kind Sponsors


Guided by values that have animated the career of Senator John McCain and the McCain family for generations, The McCain Institute is a non-partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity – in the United States and around the world. The Institute seeks to promote humanitarian action, human rights and democracy, and national security, and to embrace technology in producing better designs for educated decisions in national and international policy.

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.

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

Media Sponsor


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.