Pincomb was recently named as one of the Judges at EDUCAUSE Start-Up Alley and Game Changers Business Competition which will take place on September 29- October 2nd in Orlando Florida. EDUCAUSE is the leading international technology conference focused on higher education. With over 300 sessions and more than 500 speakers-60+ webcasts and 18 exclusive online sessions provided virtually-the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference presents a robust, community-generated program that explores today’s toughest IT issues facing higher education and convenes some of the brightest minds in the community.
Recognizing the tremendous growth in the number of technology startups in the higher education community, Educause introduced Start-Up Alley in 2010. According to the research and data analytics firm, CB Insights, there appears to be a growing appetite for education investments by the venture capital community: Education technology investments reached $1.25 billion in 2013 – topping $1 billion for the second year in a row. That trend continues in 2014 as 103 education technology venture and equity transactions were executed during the first quarter, totaling more than $559 million.
After a rigorous selection process, only 27 companies will be chosen to participate in the fourth annual Start-Up Alley this year. Companies that secure a space in Start-Up Alley will be eligible to vie for one of 12 slots in the second Educause Game Changers Business Competition, also taking place during the association’s annual conference. Introduced in 2012, the competition provides up-and-coming technology companies a spotlight session in front of an expert panel of venture capitalists, investors, and education technology leaders. Presenting companies will be judged on how they identified a higher education IT issue or challenge, and how well technology was applied to address this issue. Winners will receive a cash prize from Start-Up Alley sponsor Higher One, as well as marketing resources from Educause. To learn more about EDUCAUSE Start-Up Alley and Game Changers Business Competition click here.