New Education Technology Accelerator to Focus on Social Benefit

AT&T (opens in new tab) today launched the AT&T Aspire Accelerator (opens in new tab) for ed-tech ventures throughout the nation and issues a call for applications (opens in new tab) opening today. The Aspire Accelerator will select for- and non-profit companies to support with a customized program that includes financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship.

Participants will be selected based on their ability to drive students’ educational or career success. Special consideration will be given to solutions for students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.

The key elements of the Aspire Accelerator’s customized six-month program include:

Aspire Investment– $50,000 AT&T Aspire investment and an additional $25,000 to cover costs associated with the program for each organization.

Mentorship– Access to AT&T and external mentors from the education and technology ecosystems.

National Platform– Inclusion in the broader AT&T Aspire initiative (opens in new tab), which is committed to driving innovation in education on a national scale.

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any type of organization working on a product or service that uses technology to support students’ educational and workforce success. The Aspire Accelerator application will be open thru February 20, and the program will begin with selected ventures in May 2015.