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The EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab: Final Pitch Competition

July 15, 2011, Stanford, CA

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The 2011 EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab (EEL) pitch competition is the culminating showcase for the inaugural cohort of the Lab and is open to all members of the cohort. The purpose of the showcase is to create an opportunity for aspiring edtech entrepreneurs to get feedback on their proposed ventures from education and technology experts, entrepreneurs, potential investors and also find supporters for the ongoing development of their ventures.

The Teach For America-NewSchools Venture Fund EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab is an innovative new program designed to prepare the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs to build high impact, technology-driven solutions for public education.


Eligibility: Only participants of the first cohort of the EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab are eligible to enter this competition


Competition Details

Date: July 15, 2011

Venue: Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford



The presenters will be divided into 2 groups with a set of “expert panelists” for each group. Each panelist will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions to the presenters. The panelists will share a rank from #1-#5 (5 being they would invest). After hearing the panel of experts, the audience will choose the winner for each group. At the end of the event, the winner among all the finalists will be determined by the audience.


Selection Criteria

Judging for final competition will be based on:

  • Innovation - the originality of the idea in terms of approach to tackling the root cause of the problem in a truly innovative way.
  • Sustainability – hypotheses around business model that is sustainable
  • Impact – the degree to which the idea can create disruptive impact on the problem being addressed.
  • Quality of Pitch – the potential for the idea to inspire and get buy in from supporters, partners and communities.

About NewSchools Venture Fund

NewSchools Venture Fund seeks to transform public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed. As a national nonprofit venture philanthropy firm, NewSchools supports education entrepreneurs, a special breed of innovators who create new nonprofit and for-profit organizations that redefine our sense of what is possible in public education. Founded in 1998, NewSchools has invested in more than 35 nonprofit and for-profit organizations and raised nearly $150 million. NewSchools takes an active role with each venture in our portfolio to help them create sustainable organizations that generate breakthrough results at scale for the students they serve. In addition to this direct support to entrepreneurs, NewSchools also connects their work to the broader public education reform movement to catalyze systems change. For more information, visit 



About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. This fall, 9,300 corps members will be teaching in 43 regions across the country, while nearly 24,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit




About the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford


Five years ago, those at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design started with a dream about building a place for design at Stanford. They wanted to build a place where design thinking is the glue that binds people together, a place they called the d.school. The d.school has become a hub for Stanford students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, the humanities, and education to learn design thinking and work together to solve big problems in a human centered way. These students have taken the design thinking methodology and applied it in new places to new problems. Along the way, they have developed their own process for reliably producing innovative solutions to nearly any challenge. In a time when there is hunger for innovation everywhere, they believe our first responsibility is to help prepare a generation of students to rise with the challenges of our times. These “students” will increasingly range from kindergarteners to senior executives at Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit  

This program is over

7 companies participated in this program