AT&T Launches 2017 Edition Of Aspire Accelerator Programme
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - AT&T has announced the 2017 Class of companies that have been selected to take part of its Aspire Accelerator initiative, a program that was launched in 2015 as part of a $400 million commitment to support education and innovation amongst those who need it most.
The six-month program supports companies and non-profits using technology to help students achieve success and prepare for the future. The 2017 list comprises startups whose mission is to tackle pressing challenges in education through a variety of methods designed for specific learning and pedagogical needs, which can include basketball stats to practice math and game-building to learn STEM.
Among the companies and NGOs included are Earshot, creators of an app that uses voice analysis and machine learning to give teachers feedback, LiftEd, which produced an app that enables special education teachers to measure individualized student performance, analyze learning trends in real-time and share progress on demand with districts and parents, Booknook, a cloud-based platform that reinvents small group learning through personalized curriculum and texts, and five other organizations that can be seen here. In 2015, the program supported 11 companies and reached more than four million students.
These companies receive financial investment, mentorship and access to expert services from AT&T and others during their time in the Aspire Accelerator. The 2017 edition was launched over the weekend in conjunction with the ASU GSV Education Technology Summit in Salt Lake City.
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