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In short,

We provide edtech companies and founders with funding and programs that help you solve the biggest problems in education.

Learn more about how we can solve your problems and apply to our programs below 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: Application open

  • 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


The Incubator Program

A year round membership in a community for EdTech entrepreneurs around the globe. Connect with peers, log into community webinars, and leverage the network. Connect with students and educators for research and product feedback.

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 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.


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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 runs Harber Advisors, LLC, advising private equity funds and education companies on education-related transactions.


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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.


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 funded more than 100 companies in partnership with organizations such as Kaplan, Intel, and New York University. He continues to support founders solving problems for educators, administrators and learners in Pre-K12, HigherEd, Corporate learning/Workforce development, 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.