AT&T Launches Incubator for Education
AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.
This week, we are launching the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, which will help companies and non-profits focused on creating game-changing solutions to solve real world education problems. The AT&T Aspire Accelerator aims to enhance education by supporting and mentoring the most promising and innovative startups in ed-tech. The mission is to support innovations that have the potential to help every student achieve a bright, successful future.
This program is open to non-profits and for-profit companies of any size. These are the minimum requirements to participate:
- Working on a product or service that uses technology to support students’ educational and/or career success
- Has a minimum viable product and some proof of product-market fit
- Has a least one technical founder or team member who participates in the Accelerator
Potential areas of focus include, but are not limited to: Mobile applications that drive education outcomes; Platforms for teachers, students and/or parents; Learning and curriculum management tools; Assessment and outcome tracking platforms; Education distribution (online instruction, courses, etc.); Increased access for existing best practices. AT&T will select four organizations to participate in the inaugural class of the Aspire Accelerator. Companies will be selected based on their ability to create and scale exponential change in education that will empower educational and/or career success.
This is a very exciting opportunity for developers and I am eager to see what solutions are created. This is targeted at devs with existing apps, but if you are looking for an area to work in, this seems like a promising vertical. As monetization becomes a bigger and bigger challenge, I would imagine there are good opportunities in this space. Along this same vein, AT&T also contributed $2.5M to support a mobile learning solution for Khan Academy. For those not familiar with Khan Academy, it is a series of instructional videos on a wide range of topics (including software development) that are definitely worth viewing.
Applications are being accepted from January 22 through February 20 and then the program will run from May through October this year. The Accelerator home base is San Francisco, but teams can participate remotely. Get more information about the AT&T Aspire program and fill out an application online here.