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Deadline: February 7, 2017

AT&T Aspire Accelerator

AT&T is committed to fostering solutions that lead to high school success and workforce readiness, especially for students at-risk of not graduating high school. The goal of the Aspire Accelerator is to foster the education technology ecosystem and support innovative new products and services in education. The Accelerator program is built around supporting this mission.

Mobile technology, applications, and services are empowering students to achieve, removing barriers to graduation, enabling teachers, and preparing today’s learners for the jobs of tomorrow. The Aspire Accelerator works with organizations that use technology to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, or prepare learners for employment.

Amount: Participating teams will receive an investment of $100,000, an additional $25,000 to cover program expenses, access to AT&T leaders, and Aspire partners in education and technology, and personalized mentorship. For participating for-profit companies the $100,000 investment is in return for up to 5% equity. Nonprofit participants will receive a general contribution in exchange for participating in the Aspire Accelerator and meeting certain requirements including submitting impact measurements.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofits and for-profit companies of any size. The minimum requirements to participate are:

  • 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 will participate in the Aspire Accelerator

Link: http://soc.att.com/2jfV6jO

Note: The Aspire Accelerator is based in San Francisco, but participating organizations can be based anywhere in the U.S. Participating companies/organizations are expected to attend up to 5 in-person sessions (including kickoff and graduation) and will have regular meetings (mostly remote) with the Accelerator team and Entrepreneur in Residence.

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