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Competition: Market Your Digital Media + Learning Innovation with Startl

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Design Boost & Accelerator Programs

Introducing Startl, a new social enterprise dedicated to bringing digital media and learning innovations to market – from kindergarten to college, inside and outside the classroom. Startl was incorporated in 2009 with initial funding from the MacArthur, Hewlett, and Gates foundations.

Our mission is to identify talented people with great ideas and new products that will affect the future of learning. Through relationships with best of breed design, incubation, and investment partners we provide an ecology that allows entrepreneurs to mature and products to evolve.

Startl launches this month opening applications for its two free, but highly, selective programs:  Design Boost, 5-day program for innovators wanting to design and hone mobile applications for learning, and Accelerator, a later stage, 3-month residency program for young companies ready to take their learning products to the next level.

Design Boost

In partnership with IDEO, Startl will select fifteen, 2-3 person teams and offer them a free 5-day immersion in how to design, prototype, and market user-centered, learning-rich products.

For Startl’s first Design Boost, we are looking specifically for innovations mobile applications. The Boost will be held in NYC at the Pratt Institute from March 15-19, 2010. Applications will be accepted January 25 – February 22, 2010.   Apply


In partnership with DreamIt Ventures, Startl will host a 3-month, Philadelphia based, residency program for seed-stage companies seeking to advance their products from a learning, business, and investment perspective. The program will run from mid-May to mid-August 2010. By the end of the Accelerator Program, innovators will have products that are both learning-rich and market-ready.  Applications will open Monday, January 25th.  Apply

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Many thanks,

Laurie Racine, Diana Rhoten, Phoenix Wang

The Startl Team

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