What We Do


Incubator Program

A physical and on-line space for working edtech entrepreneurs, as well as students, to connect and learn. More Info Here


Accelerator Program

A three-month bootcamp for intensive, mentor-lead experiences for small cohorts of innovative edtech startups.


Internship Program

Real-world experiences for students to work with startups, to meet mentors, and to author Case Studies.



A marquee festival to highlight innovation and innovators while creating a connection point for practitioners.


Tuition-Based Courses

Case based constructivist courses to learn, explore, and connect in edtech entrepreneurship.


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 incubators, accelerators, innovation festivals, 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.   She 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

Until 2014, Harber served as CEO of Pearson K12 Technology. Harber was the CEO and co-founder of Schoolnet, Inc., a company that helped school systems use data and assessment to increase academic achievement. Schoolnet was acquired by Pearson in 2011. Prior to Schoolnet, Harber lead two other edtech companies from founding to acquisition. Harber runs Harber Advisors, LLC, advising private equity funds and education companies on education-related transactions.



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. To date, these accelerators have funded more than 100 companies in partnership with organizations such as Kaplan, Intel, and New York University. He continues to provide support for founders solving problems for educators, administrators and learners in pre-K, K-12, HigherEd, Corporate learning and consumer as Co-founder at StartEd and Producer of NY EDTECH WEEK.



Doug Lynch

Lynch is a member of the faculty at the Rossier School of Education at USC. As Vice Dean, he created the Penn GSE-Milken Education Business Plan Competition. Doug has also been a leading thinker in corporate learning for almost twenty years. He served as a director for the Wharton School's Aresty Institute for Executive Education and as a senior fellow at the Fels Institute of Government. He created “Corporate Learning Services,” an advisory program on developing corporate universities for large organizations such as American Express and JetBlue Airways.