Entrepreneurship in Education

From the event site:

“StartOut invites you to our first panel on educational entrepreneurship. EdTech, as this industry is known in tech circles, is one of the largest growing startup sectors, as it gets increasing attention from investors. The evening will feature a panel of entrepreneurs who have worked at, invested in and built companies in the EdTech industry, and they will dicuss the latest trends and share their unique experiences in a facilitated conversation.


Heather Hiles
Founder of Pathbrite

Heather Hiles has committed her life to closing the education and employment achievement gaps for youth and adults. Her leadership experience spans more than 20 years, during which she founded and led several private and public sector organizations. Her newest company, Pathbrite delivers next-generation solutions that help students – and learners of all ages – collect, track and showcase a lifetime of achievement, and recommend pathways for continuous success.

Adam Geller
Founder & CEO at Edthena

After leaving the classroom, Adam joined the national strategy team of Teach For America where he designed technology impacting teachers across the country. Named to Forbes 30u30 and a recent Education Ventures fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, Adam is also the founder of Teach For Us.

Dedra Chamberlin
Co-founder, Cirrus Identity, Inc.

Dedra has been leading IT strategy and service delivery in higher education for 15 years, and currently focuses on Identity and Access Management services (IAM). She serves as Deputy Director, Identity and Access Management at UC Berkeley, and chairs the UC-wide UC Trust workgroup. Dedra recently co-founded a start up, Cirrus identity, whose initial product offering is an authentication gateway service that allows people from outside universities, such as parents, alumni, research collaborators, etc, to log in to university systems using a Social Identity Provider like Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo, etc.

Matt MacInnis
Founder and CEO at Inkling

After eight years at Apple, Matt founded Inkling in 2009 to bring the world’s best learning content to the iPad. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Inkling has evolved into the world’s leading cloud publishing platform, with more than 100 employees and the world’s largest repository of structured knowledge. Students, professionals and consumers use Inkling to get their grades up, their jobs done, and their passions engaged every day.

Frances Cairns, Moderator
Founder and CEO at Campus Quad

Campus Quad is the “mobile first” platform for higher education campus communities. Quad connects students to their campus services, peers and organizations via an eco-friendly photo flyer app. Students use the app to promote their events, stream club photos and list things to sell. Campus Quad is a game changing platform in higher ed as it is the first platform to enable university administrators to collect mobile engagement data and assess student and university programatic services.”

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