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Conversation With Leading EdTech Investors

This event is organized by EdTech SV.

Idea to IPO is promoting this event in collaboration with EdTech SV.


Alan Louie, Founder and Partner at ImagineK12

Jennifer Carolan, Director, New School Seed Fund

Nari Ansari, Vice President, Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV)



The event is being LIVE streamed:




This event features three EdTech industry leaders and investors for a panel conversation. They will speak on what is trending deal flow in the edtech space and  talk a bit about how the market is responding to those companies that are getting funded.

For those funded edtech companies that are not being funded we’re asking to hear their thoughts on the disconnects between product, team, execution, market fit, etc.

Another important part of the panel conversation will consist of hearing insights about what is trending in angel deals. So much of the funding that is happening in EdTech doesn't get the same publicity or have the same level of transparency as institutional investing in other sectors. The panel will pull back the shroud and talk about deals we aren't hearing about as well as provide their wisdom on fundraising in this rather idiosyncratic space.

Finally, the panel will talk a bit about learning innovations that are empowering stakeholders outsides of or beyond the schools and traditional “Education system.” As a group we are interested in hearing about trends the education market is begging for, yet entrepreneurs and innovators are not responding to.

For example, learning happens within a larger education mega system that includes (1) School, (2) Community, and (3) Home. However, almost all of the focus on education innovations is targeted towards the traditional school-centric paradigms. So how are parents, community members, businesses and other outsiders to the traditional schooling system being empowered to play a role and have an impact on 21st century learning? Are innovators, educators and investors thinking about this? If so, in what ways?


Special thanks to our sponsor, GSV.  Food and refreshments will be provided.

The format will consist of mingling for 10 minutes, then diving into a 55 minute panel conversation with Q&A, followed by food, refreshments and networking.



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  • Michael M.

    Fun chat about funding, the growth of Tech in Education and getting noticed. It's really all about the user base. Get people using your stuff and the money will be easier to acquire. Also noted that many big investment firms are joining the Ed future. Maybe this is good, maybe this bad but it is a reality of the future.

    November 14, 2012

  • Randie

    Very informative

    November 13, 2012

  • Dan m.

    Richard. I can show you how we raised over $4M without VC or institutional angel groups. No cost. Making dreams a reality, minus the narrow vision sharks, is the reward.

    1 · November 11, 2012

    • Richard N.

      Dan, My eyes are open, show me. I am always looking to learn something new.

      November 13, 2012

  • Ambika P.

    This was a great event. Would like to see more time for questions. Thanks for organizing!

    November 12, 2012

  • Fred R.

    Hope to see you there! Ask me about Phrazzle.Me a super fun way to learn English grammar. Looking for funding to build a mobile version.

    November 12, 2012

  • Justus K.

    Hey, our start-up is - Teachers post homework online, and at 5 o'clock, it automatically sends out to your phone or email. It's free for teachers, parents, and students. We're currently in San Francisco and plan on attending the event. See you guys there!

    November 11, 2012

  • Richard N.

    Who can I talk to about investing ~500k in a well received engagement workspace SaaS company looking to capitalize on new patents.

    November 5, 2012

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