• Techstars Partners with 4.0 Schools to Grow Education Entrepreneurs

    Posted by The 4.0 Team

    Jul. 15th, 2015

    At 4.0 Schools, we coach our entrepreneurs to iterate in order to meet the needs of their end users. Our staff tries to do the same, iterating constantly to create the best possible programs for our users – early-stage education entrepreneurs. Today, we’re excited to announce the latest iteration of our programming – the addition of the Education Entrepreneurs programs to our work, including the operation of Startup Weekend Education in the United States.

    For two years, we’ve partnered closely with Education Entrepreneurs, the team behind Startup Weekend Education and other resources that ignite aspiring entrepreneurs at the very beginning of their journey. Their 54-hour Startup Weekend events have given educators and others a launchpad to pitch their idea, develop a business model and product, and test it with users – all in one weekend.

    Since launching in 2010 as part of UP Global, Startup Weekend’s parent organization, Education Entrepreneurs has scaled its Startup Weekend Education events to more than 54 events in the United States, as well as expanded its offerings to include Startup Digest Education, Workshops, Summits, online resources and communities, and more.

    Education Entrepreneurs’ parent organization, UP Global, was recently acquired by Techstars, creating a programming pathway for entrepreneurs from inspiration to IPO. Techstars has a strong commitment to education entrepreneurship and the Education Entrepreneurs Community and wants to see both grow and thrive. To meet the needs of aspiring education entrepreneurs and create programming specifically designed for the sphere of education, 4.0 Schools is partnering with the Techstars team to run Education Entrepreneurs’ programming, including Startup Weekend Education, in the United States.


    4.0 will operate Startup Weekend Education Weekends and Workshops across the United States, working with local organizers to ignite local education entrepreneurship communities. From this starting point, 4.0’s Essentials and Launch programs and other opportunities like Startup Next and Techstars’ accelerator programs will serve as a cohesive pathway for entrepreneurs emerging from these events around the country.

    4.0 and Education Entrepreneurs have shared a mission to develop and train incredible education entrepreneurs who will develop new ventures that improve and reimagine education. This shared commitment has already catalyzed entrepreneurs who have benefited from both programs – including the teams behind Fantasy Geopolitics, Classtracks, Vidcode, and ImagiLabs. This new partnership aims to provide many more teams with the launchpad and support they need to create new education solutions.

    We have immense respect for the Education Entrepreneurs and Techstars teams, and we’re excited and humbled to bring their work to more entrepreneurs, educators, parents, teachers, students, and others working to improve education through entrepreneurship.

    Want to learn more?
    Attend office hours on Thursday at 1pm Central time or Friday at 2pm Central time. Join the webinar here or dial in: +1-415-655-0001, code: 192 090 557.

    Additional questions?
    See below for FAQs, press, and to submit any questions you may have. You can also sign up for the 4.0 Schools Newsletter to get updates.

    Interested in getting involved?
    Register to attend an event or apply to organize one in your community. Or apply to Essentials or Launch.


    Why is Techstars partnering with 4.0 Schools? How are you better together?
    Techstars is partnering with 4.0 Schools because we both have a strong commitment to the growth of education entrepreneurship and we believe that we can accomplish more in this domain together than we could separately. Working with 4.0 Schools, who already runs earlier stage programming with their Essentials and Launch programs, provides a cohesive pathway for early-stage education entrepreneurs to grow into follow on programs like Startup Next or an accelerator program like Techstars.

    How is the partnership going to work?
    Techstars and 4.0 schools will work closely together to continue to grow education entrepreneurship and the mission of Education Entrepreneurs. 4.0 Schools will operate Startup Weekend Education events across the United States while the Techstars Community Programs team will continue to service Startup Weekend Education events taking place outside of the U.S.

    What will be the difference between support for Startup Weekend Education events in the United States and those organized internationally?
    4.0 Schools will directly support Startup Weekend Education events organized in the United States. Their team will directly support organizers to fuel ticket sales, strategize on mentors and judges, connect with local educators, etc. International organizers will be supported directly by the Startup Weekend team at Techstars, like any other Startup Weekend event. New resources created by 4.0 specifically for education entrepreneurs at Startup Weekend will be shared with all Startup Weekend Education organizers, including those internationally.

    Will anything change about Startup Weekend Education programming?
    Nope. For now, you can expect things to operate just as they always have. Over time, 4.0 will work with local organizers to supplement existing materials with additional education-specific resources that will support Startup Weekend Education teams to focus their efforts on the toughest challenges facing students, families, and teachers.

    How do I get involved in Startup Weekend Education?
    Find an event to attend at educationentrepreneurs.co/attend. To apply to run a Startup Weekend Education event in your hometown, go to www.educationentrepreneurs.co/organize. To stay up to date on all future Startup Weekend Education events in the United States, join 4.0’s mailing list here.

    Submit your questions here.