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SIIA Announces 2015 Innovation Incubator Program Finalists

WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 12, 2015) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the SIIA announces finalists and an alternate, for its Innovation Incubator Program. The program will be held during the annual Education Business Forum (EBF), the leading business and finance conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology markets. The finalists will feature their products during the event, Dec. 8-9 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in New York City.  Awards will be presented to the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed based on the votes of conference attendees. 
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WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 12, 2015) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the SIIA announces finalists and an alternate, for its Innovation Incubator Program. The program will be held during the annual Education Business Forum (EBF), the leading business and finance conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology markets. The finalists will feature their products during the event, Dec. 8-9 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in New York City.Awards will be presented to the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed based on the votes of conference attendees.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, as well as established companies with newly developed technologies.

“SIIA's Innovation Incubator program is not only one of the earliest offerings to entrepreneurs who have new, innovative products in the ed tech market, it is also unique because it provides a peer review process by successful, established companies, then one-to-one mentorship to support the growth of the newest companies,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN. “It’s a great way for ETIN member companies to give back and help promote the next generation of creative solutions.”

Innovation Incubator Program finalists were selected from the applicant pool based on key selection criteria, including:

  • Ability to positively impact end users of the product
  • Ability to succeed in the education technology market
  • Level of originality and innovation

All Innovation Incubator finalists will present during the Business Profiles Presentations Tuesday afternoon, December 8. Immediately following, they will be available for one-on-one product demonstrations and in-depth discussions during the Innovation Showcase & Networking Reception.

Innovation Incubator Program finalists are:

ASD Reading, ASD Reading - ASD Reading is a groundbreaking literacy & language program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - including those who are non-verbal (i.e., non-speaking)! ASD Reading uses innovative methods that leverage skills the children already have to teach them to read and write as well as comprehend.

CatchOn, CatchOn - CatchOn provides school administrators and teachers with real data on thousands of apps downloaded and used at their school and beyond. Rather than test 100 apps to find a decent one, they can now see which apps are used in other classrooms and how effectively they are being used.

ClassWallet, ClassWallet - ClassWallet manages both funding and spending within a closed, controlled platform. Our virtual wallet receives peer-to-peer funding deposits utilizing a patent-pending pursing structure. Ecommerce suppliers accept ClassWallet as form for payment and provide us SKU level cart data.

Epiphany Learning, Epiphany Learning - Epiphany Learning is the first student-centric personalized learning application that fully harnesses the power of personalized learning by giving students a voice and choice in their education.

Fantasy Geopolitics, FANSchool, Inc. - Popularly referred to as "fantasy football for social studies and literacy standards," Fantasy Geopolitics is a social learning game that follows countries as they compete for news headlines and development goals.

Gateway2Achieve, The BLPS Group - A robust and cost-effective end-to-end solution to create and deliver highly interactive digital content! Powered by mAuthor and the Gateway2Achieve learning environment, our solution is customizable, intuitive and innovative.

LaunchGen, LaunchGen - LaunchGen is helping to launch the next generation of innovators, risk-takers, and entrepreneurs by creating competition-based learning opportunities for all students.

MathSpace, MathSpace - Students input all of their math work into a mobile device, writing with their finger or stylus. Mathspace digitizes their input and flags errors, allowing students to self-correct. We've replicated the 1:1 tuition model, allowing every student to have a teacher by their side giving real time feedback.

PrepMagic, Learning Hyperdrive, Inc. - Prepmagic is a fun and engaging simulations-based assessment tool for science that helps to build core scientific skills including analytical reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving.

Zumo Learning System, Zyrobotics, Inc. - To increase the inclusion of children with disabilities into the classroom environment, we have developed the Zumo Learning System, an e-learning system that couples a physical manipulative with accessible STEM education apps.

Alternate:

Hello Numbers, Numbers Alive! - Many firms create math apps, but none have created one based on numeric linkages in the world without competition or “right/wrong” responses. The coordination of the tablet app to the book and plush numbers in a blended learning style (allows interaction with the tablet app) was mentioned as a reason for the 5 star top rating by the Educational App Store.

For more information about the Education Industry Summit and the Innovation Incubator program, visit http://www.siia.net/ebf/PROGRAM/Innovation-Incubator or contact Donelle Blubaugh at dblubaugh@siia.net.

ETIN extends its appreciation to Texthelp, for its continued sponsorship of the Innovation Incubator Program, not only at the Education Business Forum, but also at the 2015 Education Industry Summit.

About the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.

SIIA Communications Contact: Allison Bostrom, (202) 289-7442, abostrom@siia.net
PR Contact: Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, (608) 216-7300, lauren@cblohm.com

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