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In short,

We provide education innovators with the connections, capital, and customers that help founders solve the biggest problems in education.

We support innovators all around the world solving problems in PreK, K-12, HigherEd, Future of Work, and Adult Learning. We support for-profit and non-profits, from idea to growth stage. We support traditional to emerging tech (including hardware), and cross-industry solutions such as medical education, financial inclusion, and environmental sustainability training. We believe that anything that involves instructions can be transformed through digital instruction.

Learn more about how we can solve your problems by applying to our programs or contact us at


The Hyper Accelerator

A week-long program designed for growth and later companies from around the world seeking guidance on fundraising, US, Bay Area & New York market entry, brand positioning, and customer insight. Upcoming Hyper Accelerator(s):

  • Oct 21-25, 2019 in Bay Area, CA

  • Dec 9-13, 2019 in New York City, NY: Application open

  • Feb 10-14, 2020 in Bay Area, CA: Application open

  • March 23-27, 2020 New York City, NY: Application open


StartEd Community Membership

Membership in the most active community for education innovators around the globe, centered in New York City. Connect with edtech peers, participate in weekly webinars and on Slack, and save $ with $250,000 worth of perks. Opt-ins include:

  • Traction Track - Reach your Xth customer (free)

  • EdTech Masterclass - Learn from serial edtech founders

  • Hyper Internships - Work with your dream edtech company for a week

  • Co-work at Manhattan’s EdTech Hub

Applicants accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now.


The USA EdTech Accelerator

A three-month, equity-free, bi-coastal program for companies that includes:

  • Up to 30 1-on-1 mentor and investor meetings

  • Co-working and discounted co-living spaces OR a virtual option in-between programs

  • Guidance on Sales, Marketing, PR — the Traction Track!

  • USA entry-specific resources, including immigration/visa support, US tax law, US school system structure and overview … and more.

Access to the StartEd Network, the most powerful education network in the world

Applications Open Now!



Pitch to 200+ EdTech investors, guaranteed access to 1:1 meetings with attending investors and potential partners in the Gallery of Innovation at EDTECH WEEK.

Applications open in Q4 2019.


Our Mission

Start an army.

StartEd exists to attract and develop an army of education innovators to solve the world’s largest problems. We also aim to galvanize New York and the US East coast into the hub for global education innovation.

StartEd does so by creating accelerators, festivals, virtual communities, courses, and apprenticeships for organizations aiming to be the catalyst for their education innovation ecosystem. 


Who We Are

The Team


Jeanne Allen

Allen is the pioneering visionary at the forefront of school choice success stories through the nation. Jeanne founded the Center for Education Reform (CER) in 1993 and remains its CEO.


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Allen is absolutely unyielding in her mission to revolutionize education, and speaks with a resonant voice on behalf of every child, regardless of their zip code. She is an acclaimed author, media staple, and education thought leader who accelerates opportunities for the underserved. Jeanne has been a trusted advisor to presidents, governors, and lawmakers, and continues to provide valuable counsel to policymakers, philanthropists, and her colleagues in education.


Jonathan Harber

Harber teaches Edtech Entrepreneurship at NYU Steinhardt and sits as a director on several boards.


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For over 25 years, Jonathan D. Harber has been a pioneer in education innovation. As an entrepreneur, CEO, board member, consultant, and professor, he has worked to advance the field. Harber was the CEO and co-founder of Schoolnet, Inc., a company that helped school systems use data to increase academic achievement. Schoolnet was acquired by Pearson in 2011 where Jonathan served as CEO of Pearson K12 Technology. Harber teaches Edtech Entrepreneurship at NYU Steinhardt and sits as a director on several boards.


Ash Kaluarachchi

Kaluarachchi advises and builds partnerships for organizations solving problems in education. He has advised, launched and operated multiple edtech accelerators, including for Techstars.


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To date, Kaluarachchi's accelerators have enabled 1000+ companies in partnership with organizations such as Kaplan, Intel, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. He continues to support founders solving problems for educators, administrators and learners in Pre-K12, HigherEd, Future of Work, and Adult learning as Co-founder at StartEd and Producer of NY EDTECH WEEK.


Ted Brodheim

Ted runs Altamira Advisors, LLC, providing strategic consulting to companies in the learning space. He serves on the boards of several companies.


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Ted Brodheim is recognized as an innovative leader with extensive global experience. He transitioned from a Wall Street career building new businesses and overseeing technology strategy for Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase to managing the technology for the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) the nation’s largest school district. His responsibilities included the instructional and administrative technology needs. After leaving the NYC DOE Ted served as President and COO of ePals, a global education media company. After completing a merger at ePals Ted joined Samsung Electronics America where he established their Vertical Business team focusing on seven core industries: Education, Retail, Financial Services, Federal Government, Healthcare, Transportation & Logistics and Hospitality.