Find Ed Tech accelerators!

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Hello!

I’ve compiled a list of accelerators I’m going to apply. I can’t decide if I should find developers and designers before or try to convince them that it’s something I need to do while in a accelerator?
I really think that I need someone who is either as passionate about digital education or wants to challenge themselves by building a totally new platform. Cause I can’t pay anything now, hmm…BUT IF SOMEONE IS INTERESTED, LET ME KNOW!

Back to accelerators, I have some favourites but any of these would be awesome to get in.

emerge_edu21 Emerge Education – Emerge Education is a 3-month, London-based accelerator programme for startups intending to improve educational outcomes worldwide.

edtech-logo1 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator – The Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars​,​ is a three-month intensive, mentor-driven, deep immersion program for twelve education technology startups.

1209213_230762600410860_1389334199_n 1776 Is more of a platform rather than accelerator, 1776 wants to help startups to reinvent the world by connecting the hottest startups with the resources they need to excel.

66651_10151433743318559_1214927968_n  Startl – is a accelerator program that was active in 2013 for ed tech companies in early stages. I’m looking into if it still going on.

ycombinator-logo-fb889e2e Y CombinatorThis one is famous. Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding.

423068_301368173302592_204443380_n Socratic Labs – Accelerator + community + campus in NYC focused on educational technology entrepreneurship.

logo LearnLaunchX – LEARNLAUNCHX grows great education and learning companies. Based in Boston, a world education capital, LearnLaunchX  provides select companies with seed funding, a place to work, an unmatched team of mentors with deep domain experience and strategic relationships, a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs and a structured development program.

560813_251438315006451_1979301681_n BeeSpaceBeespace is a nonprofit incubator, helping to identify and launch the next generation of innovation nonprofits. 

Now, I have to prepare a really good presentation/website/video and also set some legal stuff.
Some things to do during this month that now we officially started school again, is to tie up my Google Analytics repeat learning and Photoshop learning. Instead start learning more about After Effects and this course by Copenhagen Business School in Social Entrepreneurship.

Am I alive?

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Hello!

Yes, I am. I have taken a long pause from this to redefine and do other things. I’m not letting it go, I just needed some time to 1. just be, 2. find internships, and 3. work a lot.  I’ve been working a lot to have a little pile of cash that I can use during my internship hence I’m still not taking a student loan.
The internship period starts soon and I still haven’t found one yet, so it is slightly unnerving but I don’t really want to stop being picky yet. I want to either end up in another digital education start up. Or gain some startup experience, alternative experience a company with a well grown culture. Preferably in NYC. Preferably only in NYC. I have this pesky NYC longing.

Anyway. When it comes to the process of disrupting sex ed in school, I am thinking of applying to accelerators/incubators after the internship period and graduation at Hyper.
I have a couple that I think are appropriate. So the next step is to understand the process of those and this article by Steli Efti breaks it down nicely:

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET INTO A TOP STARTUP ACCELERATOR—AND MORE.

Basically, find people that have been through the accelerator you are interested in and contact them nicely to find out how it was. Be super prepared for the interview and try to show results already. If you do get in, that’s where the journey actually starts for real.

I did try out just to see some of the process by very spontaneous apply to 500startups. I just happened to see on Twitter that they were looking for lgbtq founders and it was on the last application day. And it was very thorough, a lot of questions about things I haven’t yet thought of. So even if it was a half ass application I did notes on what do I need to be able to answer in future applications.

Other plans, now that my computer is back, I am going to continue to blog on all my outlets and also learn more about building up a social presence where hopefully me being me will work, so keeping on being transparent.  Also keep learning more about this wonderful world that I found through Hyper and sharpening up some skills through the digital platforms to understand their inner workings.

Alrighty !

Reflection 2

REFLECTION


“When everything is a test, you’re able to get things up and running faster. You can see results more quickly. You’re less invested in the results, positive or negative. You know when to call off the test and move on to something else. And you can try new and better things.”
– Leah Neaderthal, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Start Somewhere.

Read more of her quick tips in this article,
5 Steps to Stop Overthinking Your Marketing and Start Testing Something New

Digital Kids

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Why the digital way? Why create an educational platform that is digital?
Except my own experience from the time studying a distance studies or online courses such as Coursera, also my own habit of googling up stuff I need to learn.
I just believed and observe that the same habits are shown by the kids I see around me and on daily basis of commute.
But I did not know for sure until I read the interesting study by .SE.
It’s a study of Swedes and their internet habits year 2013.

Interesting parts that caught my eye:

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In Sweden by the age of 2, a stunning 45 % have already used internet.
Often because parents let them use their tablets or smartphones as entertainment.
By the age of 11, 90 % are daily users of the internet and this trend is not only specific for Sweden but is also a global trend, showing that this is one of Internet biggest growing  area of users.

Specifics for each age:
2-6 yearsUsage is dominated by video/puzzles/games.
7-11 yearsStart to search around internet and check out the social networks.
12-15 yearsThis is where the internet becomes important even for school work.

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About 7 out of 10, start checking internet for facts and information that is related to school at age 12-15. It rises with the older kids and at age 16-19 years, 9 out of 10 do the same fact researching and learning. Even in schools the internet usage has doubled since year 2009. 

So the habits of  the young is to learn in a digital way and first interaction they have is very visual and interactive. Going back to analog is wonderful in it’s way of learning patience but when it comes to such a broad subject as sex and coexistence, it is hard to capture it all in analog way ( I’m not even going into the quality. YET.).
Also they are already going and searching for terms they want to learn anyway and for many the first visual interaction becomes porn.

So why try to prohibit this way of learning and install all these parental systems on the computer, tablet or even phone? Why not rather provide a guidance in a way that is appropriate for a young digital kids habits?

Another incubator…but not.

Non Profit, TRENDS

Why would you do a non profit like a startup?
Because the agile, fast, technical and engaging approach is bringing the change faster and amps your impact on a more vast level.

I am always looking at the tech sector for ideas and inspiration. I believe now, more than ever, nonprofits need to run lean and constantly iterate. It’s not enough to have a great product, but you have to know how to sell it, how to engage donors and design your organization for rapid scale. To reach our goals, we have to think like a tech company.
–  Becky Straw, Co-founder of The Adventure Project

 

If you looked up ‘f*cked company’ in the dictionary, our logo would be there. [But] it was the year after Friendster, and the year before Facebook … and one of the things I did was say, ‘Look, there are faster, better and cheaper ways to reach young people now. We don’t need to go through schools, … print lots of curricula and ship them all over the country.
It’s called the Internet.
‘” – Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org

These are some of the quotes by people doing their non profit organisations in a new way, in a way where the chance of you making it work is faster and more approachable for the new generations. Even incubators are popping up with social entrepreneurship parts. But one incubator is a non profit in in itself, and it only takes in non profits.
BEESPACE in New York, looks like a typical young startup incubator but all their startups are non profits that are working on local organisation or all the way up to impacting girls education worldwide.

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They are looking for innovative startups but i think they are innovating the non profit world themselves. If anyone knows of something similar here in Sweden please Contact me!

 

 

Doing it.

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Starting. I usually not a person that has a problem with getting things done, I’m one of those doers. But there is one distinction that separates me form doing stuff and procrastinating and that is doing stuff that are only for myself. Coming from a background of bad self confidence, it’s hard to believe in yourself and think that you can accomplish things for yourself. That is something I have been working continuously during my time at Hyper and I’m getting better at it, yay!

So this is what I did first.
I booked a meeting with Alfred Ruth, our industry leader during this project, to present my idea and discuss how to finance it. This was several weeks before the official start of the project. It went well and the main part was about fitting it in even though it was a non profit.

Then I booked a meeting with Saga Bäck, sexologist to be and also one of Sweden biggest bloggers about sexology; sagasexologi.se. I have known of her since when I used to blog about sexology as well. The main point was to present the idea and ask her frankly to be a cofounder with me. Which I can now see is super strange. A girl that you meet for the first time asks you to start a company with her! That was also where the idea of having this blog started.

I was also doing some research which you can find under Trends, divided in non profit/social entrepreneurship/startup. 1 of the first articles that helped a lot to go ahead with the start up was 30 advices for avoiding startup failure, from successful founders

Finding, motivating, and retaining good people has always been a challenge. I think we’ve done a good job at this and it shines through in Simple’s product and customer experience. I don’t have much wisdom to share beyond acknowledging that it’s difficult. One tip I can offer is to be incredibly passionate. Hopefully your passion will inspire other like-minded people who are smarter than you to jump on board.

“Hire great people… then get out of their way. You should strive to hire people who are smarter than you and, if you succeed, they will get irritated when you get in their way. Delegate and keep your eye on the important stuff.

– Shamir Karkal, CFO and Co-founder of Simple

This is why I felt that I wanted to find people outside my class, I want people that are in schools, I want the young teens, I want the teachers, I want people that work with sexual education, I want people that work with diverse sexualities, I want people that like me feel it’s awesome to be a volunteer during Stockholm Pride, I want people that like to create awesome user designs, I want people that feel todays education is outdated, I want people that feel that you CAN create change, I want passionate believing kick ass creators!

So I realised that I really need to approach this as a real company from the beginning and give it time to grow. And I needed to express all my thousand thoughts in one clear mission, and also the vision for this mission. Also write what is the value to this, why you as an awesome person would like to be a part of this mission.
And that is what I did the first week when we finally started officially in school.

The New Non Profits?

Non Profit, TRENDS

One of the first obstacles I met was the fact that one part of the startup project was that it had to be a profitable one, which is hard when you are going for a non profit.
Also I had a long internal discussion with myself about accepting money.

As I envisioned it I’d rather find passionate people to build it and then released it to the world, free to use, but then I realised that if I want to find good talented people that want to work with this and do it good, then it needs to pay for their effort.
So money are needed to develop it, pay people, to expand it, keep it up and running, continue to add valuable content and to be sustainable.
So HOW was the big question. I had to dive into this question and one of the first things I saw was this playlist on Ted. See it to change your view on the non profit world.

One of the best one being by Dan Pallotta:

He talks about how we have different rules and belief system when it come to the non profits and how that stales their growth. One of them being compensating people for their valuable work and he mentions that we react really bad to the idea of people making money by helping other people but we have no problem with people making a lot of money by NOT helping people. The problem is that then it creates a choice between either doing good towards your family or doing good for you the whole world. Not giving you a chance to be both.

Another being the fact that we have a bad reaction to when non profits use money for marketing, which is not seen as a an investment to make sure that the cause of the non profit gets a better spread and therefore can bring in more money to people in need.
At the same time we have no problem with brands that get money through our purchases continue bombard us everyday with a new jingle.

Another thing to mention is about the time of the investment, when people invest into non-profits they expect to see results soon. So if you are non profit trying to build up a system that would require time and needed the money to continue be invested in it, there is no patience for that. But for-profits companies can continue get money without showing profit because they are expected to do that in the end. This creates hard pressure on the non profits to create short term results instead of longterm ones.

By following the existing belief system for non profits, it creates a deficit of growth, risk and idea capital within. So I had to change my view on the money and my view how profits should work, because the non profit world deserves as much ideas, growth and innovation as any other. I simply would rather build something where you make money by helping other people.

Check the entire talk:
Dan Pallotta – The way we think about charity is dead wrong

So what’s the deal?

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As mentioned before the idea has been growing during my time here at Hyper Island, where I study Digital Data Strategy.
I am on my last project which is basically “start your own business“, a startup project.
So for me there was only one way to go, I wanted to use this chance to make this idea grow into reality and see where it goes. But let me break it down for you:

6 weeks of work.
1 final pitch for investors on 13th June.
Investors we present to are selected to give us understanding of the variation there is when it comes to funding your business. So we going to pitch for:

Fredrik Cassel from Creandum.
Miriam Grut Norrby from Schibsted Growth.
There will also be additional investors from Vinnova or Almi, but that we will known later.

What is expected:
Explore and challenge entrepreneurial thinking around data, capitalization on opportunities stemming from data, and navigation of business culture and environments. Reflect and react to business development processes, monetizing on ideas, decision-making, stakeholder management, team and management structures, and changing business requirements. Coin, design and build a business concept.

I kinda went with “I want to do what I think of when people tell me to do what I love“.

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