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.
Team: Luk Hendrik
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.
Team: Molly Levitt
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
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
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.
Team: Jonathan Johnson
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
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.
Focus Area: Experiential Learning
MajorClarity is creating a supplemental “class” platform for college students, making educational experiences more closely integrated with life.
Team: Allie Diracles and Melissa Halfon
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.
— Chris Schultz (@cschultz) May 22, 2014
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.