What Business Models Work in Edtech?

The education market is notorious for being a tough playground. The end users of most edtech tools--teachers and students--typically don't have purchasing powers that scale. Schools and districts are bound in red tape and rules involving RFPs and other laborious processes.

What can the recent flood of startups, incubators, funding and acquisitions tell us about the business models that have worked? Is the consumer market a better alternative? And how feasible is this whole "freemium" thing?

EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran will tackle these questions with execs from startups and successful companies:

• Anil Hemrajani (CEO, Big Universe)

• Heather Hiles (CEO, Pathbrite)

• Andreas Quandt (Edmodo, formerly Facebook)

• Mahesh Ram (Pearson, formerly Global English)

Thanks to Orrick once again for being generous hosts. See y'alls there!

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  • Rajan C.

    I couldn't make this meet up. We're seeing over 10k learners with Classmint.com after launch before 3 months. I'd love to connect with fellow entrepreneurs to take it to the next level. Skype: rajan.chandi1

    November 4, 2013

  • Clara G.

    It was great seeing everyone at the last EdSurge event! We're having an EdTech happy hour this coming Thursday at Thirsty Bear in SoMa. You can join the monthly happy hour group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/598033523552764/.

    October 14, 2013

  • Trace U.

    If you want to engage further on edu business models consider voting for my SXSW Edu session with successful serial edu entrepreneur Chip Paucek. panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/26485


    September 3, 2013

    • Trace U.

      Done! Great panel topics!

      September 4, 2013

  • Jeanine S.

    I cannot make it - if someone wants my ticket - please let me know :-) - My Number is[masked]

    August 29, 2013

    • Jeanine S.

      Sorry! Ticket already taken! :-( - Hey if the speaker is interested, I can host the same event in Silicon Valley :-) I have plenty of space available ! Let me know!

      August 29, 2013

    • Andrew Y.

      Jeanine, it'll be great to visit such event in Silicon Valley!

      August 31, 2013

  • Bart R.

    Excellent. great speakers and moderator

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Mahesh R.

    Hi, this is Mahesh Ram, for anyone attending tonight, anything in particular you would like me to discuss or share? Happy to accept the wisdom of the crowd here...

    1 · August 29, 2013

    • Mahesh R.

      especially around how to eval the long-term success potential of different licensing models from a business model POV

      August 29, 2013

    • Ben R.

      Aligned with @Louie, what are your thoughts on freemium models? Would a school pay for premium features? How much functionality needs to be free?

      Also, what other sources of revenue have you identified outside academia? Have you looked at grants or private investment? What about other domains that could make use of the same educational tools?

      August 29, 2013

  • Dianne M.

    Last minute cancelation . I won't be able to make it.

    August 29, 2013


    Sorry, I cannot attend

    August 29, 2013

    • David H

      Any chance I can have your ticket? I'll pay for it, of course.

      August 29, 2013

    • Alan A.

      Maybe they'll let you in 15 mins after all the registered ones are in.. Seems that not all who rsvp attends

      August 29, 2013

  • Bev B.

    I let Betsy know that Lisa Roberts and I are unable to attend, hoping that she was able to open our seats to those on the wait list.

    August 29, 2013

  • Melody S.

    I am planning to attend!

    August 29, 2013

  • Renee F.

    Sadly, I am no longer able to make it. I hope someone will be able to take the seat!

    August 29, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Hi Renee. I'm sorry to hear you can't make it. Thank you for giving me the chance to attend. I'll do my best to fill you in afterwards!

      August 29, 2013

  • Andrew K.

    Is there going to be any walk-ins to this event?

    August 28, 2013

  • Jacob E.

    Looks like an awesome speaker list, really want to attend.

    August 21, 2013

  • EdSurge

    Waiting list enabled!

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Victor K.

    Would love to join if more spots become available. Is there a waitlist? Thanks!

    August 20, 2013

  • Erica W.

    Would love to be put on the waitlist as well!

    August 19, 2013

  • Francisco C.

    please sign me up for the waiting list as well! Thank you so much!

    August 19, 2013

  • Raju P.

    I would love to attend it.. Please put me on the waiting list.

    Thank you

    August 19, 2013

  • Eric G.

    Would love to attend as well. Is there a waiting list?

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Brian M.

    Same question as Borzoo!

    August 16, 2013

  • Brian

    Hi Betsy, is there a waiting list for this meetup? ...or should we check for spots to open :)

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Chris

    Looking forward to learning about new ideas getting off the ground.

    August 14, 2013

  • Chris W.

    co-founder of EDgage startup

    August 13, 2013

  • Bev B.

    I work with the team behind Doceri software suite on marketing and PR. Really looking forward to this discussion.

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could attend...looks like a brilliant event

    1 · August 5, 2013

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