Boston MA, October 16, 2013 – Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announced a strategic partnership with Boston’s most influential edtech ecosystem players: Exponential TechSpace, an edtech entrepreneurship campus; LearnLaunch, provider of educational programs and events to the region’s edtech community; and LearnLaunchX, Boston’s edtech accelerator. The partnership will create new innovative relationships and opportunities for collaboration between Pearson and Boston’s entrepreneurial edtech community in order to tackle some of the biggest challenges in education.
As part of the partnership, Pearson employees will provide mentorship to the startups at LearnLaunchX and have the ability to work with the companies at both Exponential and LearnLaunchX. Pearson will also provide product guidance and market information to edtech innovators, and participate in LearnLaunch meetups and its annual conference. Additionally, LearnLaunchX companies focused on K-12 will have the opportunity to join Pearson’s rapidly growing partner community of independent software vendors. This program provides technical and marketing support through integration with PowerSchool (Pearson’s web-based student information system).
“We are thrilled to have Pearson demonstrate their strong support for the emerging edtech ecosystem in Boston through this partnership. Promising edtech startups need the opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders like Pearson,” said Hakan Satiroglu, founder of Exponential TechSpace and co-founder of LearnLaunchX.
“Pearson has demonstrated a commitment to support innovation and to the educational future of this country by embracing change in learning systems,” said Jean Hammond, co-founder of LearnLaunch and LearnLaunchX. “We welcome their support in encouraging the innovation coming from Boston’s edtech entrepreneurs.”
“At Pearson, we believe that technology has the power to transform education, but also recognize that the industry faces some big challenges that we can't tackle alone,” said Diana Stepner, Head of Future Technologies at Pearson. “That's why we're excited to be teaming up with Exponential and LearnLaunch - key players in the Boston edtech community - to share our deep knowledge of the education industry with startups on campus, while also learning from their dynamic, fast-paced cultures.”
About Exponential TechSpace
Exponential TechSpace is a Boston-based edtech-focused entrepreneurship campus that combines a unique blend of education, collaboration, and co-working, designed to fuel innovation and entrepreneurial success across the burgeoning edtech landscape. Founded in April 2013, Exponential houses over two dozen edtech startups and is the home of LearnLaunchX.
LearnLaunch supports the creation and growth of education technology and learning companies in New England by bringing together innovators, educators, investors, students, school leaders, buyers and distribution channels.
LearnLaunchX is Boston’s edtech accelerator, dedicated to growing great education companies. LearnLaunchX provides select companies with seed funding, workspace, an unmatched team of mentors with deep domain experience and relationships, direct access to the learning marketplace and strategic advantages in navigating successive funding, growth, market entry and exit cycles. Co-founders include angel investor and serial entrepreneur Jean Hammond, leading education sector strategic consultant and M&A advisor Mark Miller, VC and Boston University entrepreneurship leader Vinit Nijhawan, tech executive and angel investor Eileen Rudden, and edtech entrepreneur and seasoned executive Hakan Satiroglu.
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services, and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 48,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.pearson.com, watch our video and follow us at @PearsonLabs.