Tag: EdTech

Baltimore EdTech Continues Growth

TU Incubator Hits Milestone There’s a storm coming to Baltimore, the kind you relish, that avails more innovation and change than ever before experienced. This storm affects Greater Baltimore’s citizens in a myriad of ways: health, energy, cyber security, manufacturing, retail, and, none too soon — education. As Towson University’s President, Kim Schatzel, is apt to declare, ‘TU Matters to Maryland!’ Certainly, this is an understatement when it comes to education innovation and TU’s longstanding service to teacher preparation and leadership. However, this becomes even more relevant when one considers edtech innovation and the university’s incubator, where Maryland’s largest cluster of...

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What’s an Education Innovation Cluster and How Do We Get One?

Last Thursday evening, the March rendition of the Baltimore EdTech meetup was fortunate to have Katrina Stevens speak on the subject of education innovation clusters (#edclusters). Katrina is a former Deputy Director of the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology and an expert on education, education innovation, and how technology and ecosystems or clusters apply to the same. In her two year stint at the USDOE, she became immersed in the nascent but growing concept of education innovation clusters, #edclusters. Katrina and the team led by former Director Joseph South were instrumental in furthering the work begun...

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Value at the Core of TU Incubator’s EdTech Innovation Showcase

Where Entrepreneurs, Customers, and Investors Engage The evening of Thursday, December 8, 2016 is a milestone for the Towson University Incubator, aka TU Incubator. At the EdTech Innovation Showcase, 50+ carefully chosen attendees will have the opportunity to engage with 12 companies who are solving problems in K-12 and postsecondary education via solutions in formative assessment, access & admissions, classroom funding, language & literacy, professional development, project-based learning, and parent engagement. The event’s purpose is to bestow a focused medium where entrepreneurs can interface with customers and investors. The broader mission is to enhance education, to laud innovation, efficiencies,...

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TU Incubator to Host EdTech Innovation Showcase

TU Incubator is proud to announce Speak Agent, Inc. as one of the featured EdTech companies presenting at the EdTech Innovation Showcase on December 8, 2016. The EdTech Innovation Showcase is a networking event featuring education entrepreneurs who are solving today’s K–12 and post-secondary challenges. The showcase will bring together regional EdTech companies and representatives from schools, colleges, universities, along with channel partners and investors. On having Speak Agent featured at the EdTech Innovation Showcase Frank Bonsal III, Director of Towson University Entrepreneurship, said “We are very excited to have Speak Agent present at our showcase. Ben is a...

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TU Incubator Member Spotlight: The Whole Teacher

At Towson University (TU), we look for a variety of ways to positively impact education systems. We look for quality that has scale merit, as that’s the only way to drive sustainable, systemic improvement. This is something we’ve been doing persistently as an institution for 150 years. And, we are very good at it. From TU Incubator, we have a sincere, purposeful focus on education technology and innovation and work with enterprises that could be construed small business and those that have true venture scale. Our education technology emphasis evolves and increasingly takes on nuance. A recent adaptation to...

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TU Incubator Member Spotlight: Pelican Fly Concepts

As the Assistant Director at the TU Incubator, I have the privilege of working with a wonderful group of entrepreneurs with big ideas and the desire to make a real impact. This is especially true for our education technology members. Muhammad Najee-ullah, founder of Pelican Fly Concepts, is a great example. Recently Muhammad gave me his thoughts on being an entrepreneur. Five Questions with Pelican Fly Concepts founder Muhammad Najee-ullah. 1. Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur? My experiences as a youth in Baltimore shaped my entrepreneurial perspective. I embarked on a journey that taught me the...

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Baltimore’s Top 10 Emerging K-12 Enterprises

The Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner, Baltimore is a city that loves most things that afford a hat tip to the past but focus on the present and future, most things crustacean derived out of the Chesapeake Bay, most things that induce curiosity, and all things that catalyze and sustain learning innovation and opportunity. Baltimore is increasingly adapting to and becoming a 21st Century culture blended by an open-minded, innovative, and entrepreneurial citizenry. Baltimore is the charming, quirky, curious, gritty city I opined on in a previous post here. Bringing Solutions to K-12 Education’s Greatest Needs As The Baltimore...

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TU Incubator Member Spotlight: OgStar Reading

One of the great benefits of working at TU Incubator is getting to work with a wonderful group of entrepreneurs with big dreams and the desire to make a real impact. This is especially true for our education technology members. Fran Bowman and Stephanie Nislow the Co-Founders of OgStar Reading are great example. Recently Fran gave me her thoughts on being an entrepreneur. Five Questions with OgStar Reading Co-Founder Fran Bowman 1. Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?  I became an entrepreneur because I wanted to have control over my career, my goals, and my time. Being...

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TU Incubator Member Spotlight: Spiral Math

I first met David Robson, Co-Founder and Director of Education Outreach of Spiral Math, at the ‘Navigating School Systems’ workshop held here at the TU Incubator back in February 2016. At the time, David along with Joseph Mills, Robin Mudge, and Alfred Werner were developing the Spiral Math product, though they had not decided on a name. David and the team soon after joined the TU Incubator as a virtual member. I recently had the chance to catch up with David to discuss being an early-stage edtech entrepreneur. Five Questions with Spiral Math Co-Founder David Robson 1. Why did...

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The Popularity of EdTech Products is Not Enough

For the past 150 years, Towson University has been Maryland’s top producer of teachers and is constantly working to enhance the educational experience, including ways to integrate technological advancements. Located on Towson’s campus, TU Incubator is uniquely positioned to help edtech (education technology used to achieve educational improvements and innovation) companies succeed by leveraging TU’s resources and expertise in education. Recently, I read Benjamin Herold’s article “Popularity of Ed Tech Not Necessarily Linked to Products’ Impact” in Education Week. One of the key takeaways is it is not enough just to get the product in the hands of teachers,...

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