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Time Description
8:00 -
9:00 am
Networking Continental Breakfast
8:00 -
5:00 pm
Registration Desk Open
9:00 -
10:00 am
Welcome and Opening Plenary - Mapping the Global Learning Innovation Landscape
  • 2018 will be the biggest year ever in global edtech, forecast to close nearly 1000 investments totalling $6 billion dollars. HolonIQ has mapped education innovation around the world into an open source taxonomy and crowdsourced five scenarios for education in 2030. Join an interactive session on the future of education to learn more about a truly global project and have your say on where you believe education will head over the next 10 years.
Patrick Brothers
HolonIQ
10:15 -
11:15 am
Investors Speak: The Changing (Challenging) Funding Profile for Edtech
  • Edtech companies transitioning from startup to growth continue to face a complex path.
    • What is the role of seed and angel level investment?
    • What does specialist edtech Series A funds closing successive funds tell us?
    • What is heavy PE rollup activity signaling about the market?
  • Investors from all the phases of the edtech funding ecosystem come together to discuss the changing environment and players. They'll answer these key questions and discuss the real funding picture.
Martin Keck
Needham & Co.
EDchannels Breakout: Education Service Agencies and Buying Cooperatives
  • From newly-released research by EDmarket, ESAs and co-ops provide a ready-made conduit for accessing multiple school districts without having to individually approach them. Their evolving roles in purchasing and curriculum support impact distribution; this session offers strategies in a dynamic environment.
Tom Gluck
Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units
Zach Jenson
OETC Consortium
Arline Pique
Hamilton County ESC
Glen Zollman
BrightBytes
11:30 -
12:15 pm
Investor Pitch
  • All startups registered before 9/21 will have the opportunity to join the Summit Investor Pitch. Perfect for investor exposure, the Pitch consists of a 5-minute pitch, 3-minute feedback/Q&A from an expert panel, and a short networking session. Prior to the Summit the LearnLaunch Accelerator team will work with companies to help prepare for the Pitch both with pitch deck support and light pitch prep. Once you've registered a member of the team will reach out to set up pre-work. Reminder: this is not a pitch competition, here is no "winner" or prize.
EDchannels Breakout: Choosing the Correct Channel and Making it Work
  • Sales is going to be the lifeblood of your business. High sales makes your business valuable, low sales can doom you to failure. How do you know what sales and marketing channels to use? What are the most important factors that will allow you to scale sustainably and profitably? Join Mitch Weisburgh as he leads you through how to make sure your sales achieve your goals.
Rita Ferrandino
Arc Capitol Development
Mitch Weisburgh
Academic Business Advisors, LLC
12:30 pm -
2:00 pm
Progressive Power Lunch
2:15 -
3:45 pm

Investor Speed Dating

EDchannels Speed Sessions
  • Want to get your great product to market? EDchannels Speed Sessions provide the opportunity to meet with a full range of channel partners available to publishers and developers in search of distribution for their digital products. EDchannels Speed Sessions provide the opportunity to meet with a full range of channel and marketing partners available to publishers and developers in search of distribution for their digital products. Attend multiple 15-minute sessions Thursday and Friday from channel partners of choice who will answer questions and discuss strategies for success.
Buying Consortium:
Zach Jenson, OETC Consortium
Data/Target Marketing:
Derek Dallmann, Agile Education Marketing
Education Service Agencies:
Arline Pique, Hamilton County ESC
Efficacy Research:
Denis Newman, Empirical Education Inc.
Full-line Distributor:
Bodie Marx, School Specialty
International Marketing:
Liam Pisano, EduLab Capital Partners
Market Research:
Ellen Bialo, Interactive Educational Systems Design
Sales Automation:
Marisa Rackson, Hubspot for Startups
Single Sign-On Platform:
Patrick Devanney, ClassLink
Value-Added Reseller:
Rick Fredkin, Eduporium
4:00 -
5:00 pm
Talent Management: Building an Edtech Growth Company
  • Eric Cantor, Executive Chair at Carnegie Learning and Meredith Rosenberg, Digital Education Lead at Russell Reynolds Associates, will discuss human resources in an age of edtech rollups, and the necessary aspects of talent management: sourcing, incentives, retention, and more. In edtech, mission and business often overlap so the pair will explore how corporate culture plays out in mergers & acquisitions and provide insight for emerging companies on their own strategies. Hear firsthand about the recent (Sept. 6th!) merger of New Mountain Learning and Carnegie Learning supported by CIP Capital.
Eric Cantor
Carnegie Learning
Meredith Rosenberg
Russell Reynolds Associates
5:00 -
6:00 pm
Networking Reception
6:30 pm Global Edtech Start-up Semifinals
  • LearnLaunch Accelerator is hosting the US East Coast and Canada semi-finals of the 5th year of the Global EdTech Startups Awards - a group of leading education innovation organizations from across the world. The Awards will identify, showcase and recognize the world's most promising EdTech startups for 2018!
  • Learn More Here »
Time Description
8:00 -
9:00 am
Networking Continental Breakfast
8:00 -
3:00 pm
Registration Desk Open
9:00 -
10:00 am
General Session: Open Data Standards - A Journey
  • Data interoperability will soon be a must-have open data standards ensuring educators and students can determine the most effective applications without concern about how different technologies will work together. Open edtech standards supported by all major players have allowed U.S. K-12 districts to confidently signal to the market requirements for blended solutions. Startups, existing players and investors are all focused and moving in this drection.
10:15 -
11:00 am
Entrepreneur Breakout: Transitions - High School to Post Secondary
  • Can startups make a difference in bridging the gap between High School and Post-secondary? A constant challenge in edtech is finding the right solution at the right time. Three highly visible startups, addressing the challenge of identifying the proper school and funding that can land on campus with success, will discuss the challenge and illuminate some potential solutions that can create an ideal match.
Nick Ducoff
Edmit
Jackson Boyar
Mentor Collective (formally Shearwater)
EDchannels Speed Sessions
  • Want to get your great product to market? EDchannels Speed Sessions provide the opportunity to meet with a full range of channel partners available to publishers and developers in search of distribution for their digital products. EDchannels Speed Sessions provide the opportunity to meet with a full range of channel and marketing partners available to publishers and developers in search of distribution for their digital products. Attend multiple 15-minute sessions Thursday and Friday from channel partners of choice who will answer questions and discuss strategies for success.
Buying Consortium:
Zach Jenson, OETC Consortium
Data/Target Marketing:
Derek Dallmann, Agile Education Marketing
Education Service Agencies:
Arline Pique, Hamilton County ESC
Efficacy Research:
Denis Newman, Empirical Education Inc.
Full-line Distributor:
Bodie Marx, School Specialty
International Marketing:
Liam Pisano, EduLab Capital Partners
Market Research:
Ellen Bialo, Interactive Educational Systems Design
Sales Automation:
Marisa Rackson, Hubspot for Startups
Single Sign-On Platform:
Patrick Devanney, ClassLink
Value-Added Reseller:
Rick Fredkin, Eduporium
11:15 -
12:00 pm
Entrepreneur Breakout: Envisioning Work and Pathways to Work
  • In an effort to arm students with 21st-century skills and prepare them for jobs that don't yet exist, educators at all levels have been tasked with helping learners visualize an ever-evolving workplace. Trying to understand age-appropriate types of employment that a student can link to their own learning has led to several new approaches and tools emerging. This panel will discuss what challenges educators and administrators face and what kind of support they'll need to address these growing concerns.
11:15 -
12:00 pm
EDchannels Breakout: Edtech Opportunities. A View from the Top
  • Forward-thinking district and edtech visionary leaders will share their experiences in positioning their districts for growth and change required to prepare their students for 21st-century careers. Learn what lessons they learned from their experience with adopting new technologies, teaching resources, digital textbooks, 1:1 device initiatives, and more. Discover trends, challenges, and opportunities when harnessing the potential of new technologies to further learning goals for staff, students, and the school community.
Leo Brehm
CatchOn
Glenn Robbins
Tabernacle Township School District (NJ)
12:00 -
1:00 pm
Networking Lunch
1:15 -
2:15 pm
Social Media's Impact on EdTech: Fake News?
  • While social media has transformed the way we connect and communicate personally and professionally, we have to ask: What really has been the impact on EdTech? And why should edtech companies make it an important part of their marketing and sales plan?

    This panel will look back and forward to discuss the evolution of social media in education and will present a first look at results from a September 2018 Survey on Social Media Marketing in Education.

    • How important is social media in your overall marketing plan?
    • What parts of your business does it help the most?
    • What channels are most effective?
    • What type of content is most effective?
    • What are the biggest challenges you face using social media?
    • If you can't measure it, why do it?

    If you're skeptical about whether and how social media can impact your results, this is your time to get the inside scoop.

Charlene Blohm
CB&A
Jim McVety
ClassLink
Lisa Schmucki
edWeb
2:30 -
3:30 pm
Closing Plenary - Moving Forward for Impact
  • It's time to make a difference...for you, for your company, and for education. The obligation of commercial success requires educational companies to create and provide products and services that customers value. Financial viability, though, is only part of what defines success in edtech. It's also about impact - making a genuine and meaningful difference in the lives of learners. Highlighting that impact fuels motivation and commitment, both inside and outside your organization, that feeds productive innovation and leadership. See how commercial and educational interests can be a powerful, virtuous partnership.
Dr. David Dockterman
Harvard Graduation School of Education
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