Announcement: Rossier EdVentures

USC’s Rossier School of Education and its Center for Engineering in Education (CEE), along with the Michelson 20MM Foundation, Bisk Ventures, and Blackstone LaunchPad USC mutually announce the creation of the USC Rossier EdVentures; the first edtech innovation hub in Southern California. To begin, the USC Rossier EdVentures is inviting innovative learning companies worldwide to apply for its inaugural cohort in which it will support startups with a significant technology component.

Los Angeles (September 7, 2018) – USC’s Rossier School of Education and its Center for Engineering in Education (http://incubate.usc.edu/centerforengineeringineducation/), in combination with the Michelson 20MM Foundation (https://20mm.org/), Bisk Ventures (https://www.biskventures.com/) , and Blackstone LaunchPad USC (www.blackstonelaunchpad.org/usc) have initiated USC Rossier EdVentures for tech-enabled education solutions with high potential to improve the quality and equity of education, particularly from K-12 through adult learning.

The education innovation ecosystem being developed by USC Rossier EdVentures will include services for competitively selected early-stage companies; a business plan competition in conjunction with USC Demo Day on February 8; communities of practice for innovation in education; proprietary learning and entrepreneurship blended courses; workshops and speakers; a learning innovation festival; and global partnerships (particularly in the Pacific Rim, Africa, and Latin America) to multiply USC’s endeavors in education innovation.

To kick-off the education ecosystem, USC Rossier EdVentures will begin accepting applications worldwide from companies with a minimum viable product for its startup cohort as of today, with the four-month program kicking-off on November 5, 2018 at the USC campus. The Rossier EdVentures will provide its first cohort of up to ten companies with office space, legal and financial services, mentorship from the USC and Rossier network, proof of concept and product refinement, interaction with relevant educational institutions and businesses, and potential for grant capital via automatic inclusion in our February 8, 2019 Demo Day business plan
competition.

The companies chosen for the cohort will reflect the mission of Rossier with regard to its focus “to improve learning opportunities and outcomes” for all ages and “to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups.” The Accelerator will particularly nurture women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color. USC students will be eligible for apprenticeships with USC Rossier EdVentures, the companies, and the ecosystem’s programs. In addition, associations will be developed with the local community, regional public sector and non-profit organizations, corporations, and venture investors.

To apply, please go to https://www.f6s.com/uscrossieredventuresaccelerator/apply.
For additional information see http://incubate.usc.edu/rossier-edventures/.