AWS EdStart News and Events
AWS EdStart news, EdTech industry happenings, and member achievements
Here's what's happening with AWS EdStart
Bark Leverages AWS to Help Keep Schools Safe
With the increased focus on school safety, now more than ever schools are using information technology solutions to address concerns about the digital and physical security of students and teachers. Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps enable innovative EdTechs to create revolutionary solutions to keep students safe from harm. Bark, an AWS EdStart Member, is an online student safety platform, with the mission to help keep every child safe online.
Innovators Tier Launched
Recently, AWS launched the AWS EdStart Innovators Tier, a new feature of AWS EdStart designed to support the earliest stage EdTech startups. AWS EdStart Innovators Tier provides startups with resources and exposure to a large community of EdTech builders, leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. EdTech startups who participate in the program will be granted AWS Promotional Credits that allow them to explore AWS technology and build the foundation for their solution.
AWS EdStart Now Available to Customers in Brazil
AWS is announcing the immediate availability of AWS EdStart, the AWS educational technology (EdTech) startup accelerator designed to help startup educational technology (EdTech) companies build teaching and learning solutions on the AWS Cloud, to customers in Brazil. Brazil joins the United States as the second country for availability in the Western Hemisphere, and the 34th country globally. AWS EdStart provides eligible EdTech startups AWS Promotional Credits and access to the same scalable technology used by established companies.
GlyphEd Named Enrollment Management Solution of the Year
Congratulations GlyphEd™, an AWS EdStart member and a leading provider of interactive data visualization and discovery technology for colleges and universities, who was selected as Enrollment Management Solution of the Year for the 2019 EdTech Breakthrough Awards. This newly developed award recognizes the creativity and success of companies and their products in the field of educational technology and looks to provide them with a platform for recognition in the education industry.
LoopLearn Wins EduGrowth Innovation Pitch Competition
Congratulations to the AWS EdStart Pitch Day Winners in Beijing and California
The AWS EdStart team hosted Pitch Days in Palo Alto, California and Beijing, China. During the events, members from across the world pitched to audiences of over 100 EdTech investors, customers, and media. Congratulations to the first, second, and third place winners in Palo Alto: UnibuiInc, PopfizzCS; and the first place and runner-up winners in Bejing: ZJ Data JoinKnack, SuperFish, Shu Wen AI, Singsound, Square Panda, and 17JingSai.
For a full list of AWS EdStart members, please visit our Meet our members Page »
Spring 2019 Hot AWS EdStart Startups – Machine Learning and Analytics Edition
AWS EdStart members are creating products and solutions to improve teaching and learning with machine learning and analytics, globally. Octopus BI, HelioCampus, Singsound, and Bibliotech use AWS to revolutionize education analytics, language learning, and eBook distribution.
eLumi Re-Imagines Accessibility to Learning
AWS EdStart member, eLumin, set out to redefine the way students access computing resources on a college campus by making resources available to students anywhere they are, on virtually any device. Recently, they announced Sandbox Builder and Sandbox 2.0. Sandbox Builder allows professors, teaching assistants, and technical staff to build secure, dynamic, and hands-on learning environments that span operating systems and system configurations with a few clicks. Read more. Similarly, with a new, student friendly user experience, Sandbox 2.0 is designed to deliver an on-demand and secure network of machines to support hands-on student learning. Read more.
* Both Sandbox Builder and Sandbox Builder 2.0 are powered by AWS.
Instructure Announces Acquisition of Student Success network, Portfolium
Instructure, Inc., the leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that helps users learn and develop from their first day of school to their last day of work, recently announced it has acquired AWS EdStart member, Portfolium. Portfolium is a student success network built to showcase the achievements, projects, and competencies of dedicated students to potential employers.
For all of the details, check out their press release »
AWS Hot Startups – Winter 2018/2019 Update
London Pitch Day Winners Awarded
Recently, the AWS EdStart team hosted their first international Pitch Day in London, England. During the event, members from across Europe pitched to an audience of over 100 EdTech enthusiasts. Congratulations to the London Pitch Day winners: Firefly Learning (first place), Smile and Learn (second place), and Aula Education (third place). In addition to the spectacular pitches, it was announced that AWS EdStart is now available to customers in Denmark, Luxemburg, and Portugal.
For a full list of country availability, visit the AWS EdStart Members Tier page
AWS Hot Startups – Fall 2018 Update
New York and Boston Pitch Day Winners Awarded
AWS EdStart recently held two pitch days, one in New York City and one in Boston. These events showcased 15 up and coming EdTech startups from AWS EdStart. Congratulations to the New York winners, Paperpile, Yellowdig, and CodeHS, and congratulations to the Boston winners: College Consortium, Hive Digital Minds, and Exploros, inc.
AWS EdStart Launches in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
During his keynote at the AWS Shanghai Summit, Alex Yung, Managing Director and Vice President for AWS Greater China, launched AWS EdStart in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. "We are excited to see the launch of AWS EdStart in China as a program that empowers entrepreneurs in science education. We look forward to working with AWS EdStart to advance the education industry and create a better future," According to Pei Yu, organizer of the EdStar program at Tomorrow Advancing Life, a leading education and technology enterprise in China.
San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Pitch Day Winners Awarded
AWS EdStart recently held two pitch days, one in San Francisco and one in conjunction with the WWPS Summit in Washington, D.C. These events showcased 18 up and coming EdTech startups, all members of AWS EdStart.
AWS EdStart Member Flipgrid Acquired
AWS EdStart Member Flipgrid, a social education app that utilizes short video clips to create collaborative lesson plans, has recently been acquired by Microsoft. The Minneapolis-based startup, which began life as Vidku, has been described as Instagram and Snapchat for the classroom. Early last year, it reported 800 percent year-over-year growth in teacher accounts. To learn more, check out this article from TechCrunch.
AWS EdStart on Full Display at EDUTech Week in Australia
EDUTech, Australia’s largest EdTech event, recently took place in Sydney, New South Wales. This event provided training, demonstrations, networking, and exhibits for over 15,000 attendees. AWS EdStart was on full display throughout the EdTech Startup Pavilion. Positioned as the AWS EdStart launch pad in Australia, this event provided the perfect platform for deeper engagement with startups who are transforming the way teachers and students interact, and institutions deliver bleeding-edge education.
AWS EdStart Launches in Asia
On May 30th AWS EdStart launched in Asia at the AWS Tokyo Summit. AWS EdStart is now available to EdTech startups in Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and South Korea. Benesse i-Career, which started the student career support service DODA Campus last year, recently went on record stating their excited for the launch of AWS EdStart launch in Japan and Asia. “We expect that benefits of AWS EdStart and global membership community will accelerate our business expansion and growth.”
- Takafumi Sakurai, Division Manager, Marketing Department, Benesse i-Carrer Co., Ltd.
AWS EdStart Member MissionU Acquired
On May 16, 2018, MissionU, an AWS EdStart founding member, was acquired by WeWork. Adam Braun, founder and CEO of MissionU, will join WeWork as the Chief Operating Officer of the new education arm, WeGrow. After spending some time with WeWork leadership, it became clear to Braun that MissionU’s vision of helping every person reach their full potential was aligned with WeWork and could be supported by joining their team. To learn more about the acquisition, check out this article from Fast Company.