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You can go to Crunchbase and download their full venture database here:
Once you have that, you can filter the information however you like, specially, you could filter by company category |Education| and then identify and target those VC firms and investors as possible funding sources.
The Salvadori Center needs your help to identify:
· Funding Sources for a major new technology initiative
o Foundations, corporate funders, etc.
· Education technology companies interested in partnering on the development of a new in-school technology initiative
For 35 years, the Salvadori Center has brought math and science to life through hands-on, project-based collaborative learning experiences during both the school day and through after-school programs.
We are embarking on a new technology initiative ~ SalTech ~ that will maintain and celebrate our core principles of hands-on project-based learning while embracing technology to improve the scalability of our programs. We have developed a “technology sample” with Simulation Curriculum (an excellent partner) and worked with IBM to formulate a high level business model. An executive summary of our initiative is below and more information about our programs is attached.
Our next phase is to secure funding for the full development.
We need help in identifying potential funding sources or development partners that will help us with bring SalTech to life.
SalTech: Salvadori & Technology ~ Executive Summary:
SalTech is a new initiative designed to embrace technology as a cost-effective tool to broaden the reach of our programs regionally and nationally. The final product will enable classroom teachers to implement Salvadori curricula independently while maintaining our core principles: high quality programs with high quality delivery.
Why change the delivery model? Currently, our programs are delivered by a trained Salvadori Educator directly within schools and community centers. We provide everything a school requires: a trained Educator, tested curriculum, independent assessment, teacher planning time, and all materials/supplies. While highly effective, Salvadori’s direct service approach limits the number of students served to 4-6 classes per day per Educator.
Responding to current needs: Leading educational experts recognize that technology is a valuable tool to advance student learning. At the same time, they appreciate the impact of collaborative, hands-on, project-based learning because it increases individual student comprehension, dexterity, and a heightened awareness of other participants’ contributions. Nationally, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education is a priority.
Salvadori’s new initiative responds to all these issues. Technology will be used as a tool to facilitate instruction, provide deeper exploration, and expand core concepts. Students will continue to work collaboratively, alternating between small group and whole-class learning, to unlock the math and science imbedded in the buildings, bridges, and parks, within their communities. Our hands-on, project-based approach to scientific inquiry gives students a personal understanding of math and science.
New model: The new approach will use technology to simulate Salvadori’s direct service model for delivery of information, analysis, and instructional guidance. Classroom teachers will need minimal subject matter knowledge. The classroom delivery module will include an easy-to-follow roadmap that allows teachers to pace instruction with student learning levels. Modules for teachers will include background information, material lists, and teaching tips. Built-in summative assessment will measure the overall change in student comprehension; incremental assessment will measure student comprehension of individual lessons.
Product development will incorporate an “agile” approach to testing and feedback. Program partners will include senior education professionals, classroom teachers, and students. Each will be integral to providing real-time feedback. Small-scale and large-scale testing will include pre-implementation training, instructional support, technical support, and post-implementation feedback and assessment.
The next step is to secure multi-year, full development funding (development, small scale testing, adjustments, large-scale testing, refinement, and regional roll-out).
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