• Introducing Our Ninth Launch Cohort

    Posted by Tony Zanders

    May. 23rd, 2014

    Credit: Liz Cole

    Last night marked the official beginning of Summer programming at 4.0, as we celebrated the latest class of Launch participants here at the Lab. After a rigorous feedback and interview process, we had the tough job of only selecting 9 teams. A huge congratulations to the winners, and an even bigger thanks to the teams who submitted proposals, for making this Launch class the most diverse we’ve ever had. For a recap of the trends we saw from this application cycle, check out Katie Beck’s post.

    While several of the winners couldn’t join us in New Orleans, Google Hangout enabled them to join the in-person entrepreneurs in introducing themselves to a local audience of 30-40 people. Each team had 45 seconds to recruit volunteers to help with a specific area of their venture during Launch.

    1. Aecern

    Team: Luk Hendrik

    Product: EdTech

    Focus Area: Inquiry Science

    Aecern delivers inquiry-based learning experience for science teachers that are focused on personal discoveries captured by their students using mobile devices.

    2. BrightLoop

    Team: Molly Levitt

    Product: EdTech

    Focus Area: Assessment

    BrightLoop is a web-based platform that enables teachers to quickly capture and share qualitative student insight.

    3. Welcome to College

    Team: Justin Bayer

    Product: Mobile Platform

    Focus Area: College Fit

    Welcome to College helps high school students discover how and where they’ll flourish in college with a mobile and analytics platform for college admissions officers.

    4. Noble Minds

    Founder: Vera Triplett, PhD

    Product: School

    Focus Area: Theraputic Services

    Noble Minds delivers Academic and Therapeutic services for students who have a documented behavioral/emotional disability or for families who simply want a more nurturing and therapeutic environment for their student.

    5. Parents as Partners

    Team: Monique Wilson

    Product: Program

    Focus Area: Parent literacy

    Parents as Partners is creating literacy at-home instruction for parents of low-income students using annotated book guides delivered through schools.

    6. Root(ed)

    Team: Jonathan Johnson

    Product: School

    Focus Area: Experiential, Design Thinking

    Root(ed) delivers a personalized learning experience grounded in responsiveness to community problems for middle school students, utilizing a culturally-relevant, entrepreneurial education curriculum.

    7. Operation Spark

    Team: John Fraboni

    Product: Program

    Focus Area: Youth Coding

    Spark develops partnerships with community centers to help young adults develop passion for software development, focusing on the Agile development of mobile games and apps.

    8. MajorClarity

    Team: Joe Besterling and Evan Beck

    Product: EdTech

    Focus Area: Experiential Learning

    MajorClarity is creating a supplemental “class” platform for college students, making educational experiences more closely integrated with life.

    9. VidCode

    Team: Allie Diracles and Melissa Halfon

    Product: EdTech

    Focus Area: Girls coding

    VidCode delivers creative coding for teenagers through an online coding environment, courses, and potentially in-person workshops.

    Follow this Summer’s team on Twitter using this List: Launch Cohort #9.

    Tony Zanders

    Tony Zanders

    Tony Zanders is 4.0’s Head of Communications and Outreach. A New Orleans-native and two-time tech entrepreneur, he most recently participated in the Gates Foundation’s College Knowledge Challenge. Read more of his work here.