Education Investor Summit 2016

Education Investor Summit 2016

Village Capital and Michelson Runway 2016 Investor Summit

This invitation-only convening will be a one-day engagement for the Village Capital Education: US 2016 and Michelson Runway cohorts.

The Education Investor Summit will consist of companies participating in a day-long set of sessions, including Mock Board Meetings, concluding with a Demo Day for investors, stakeholders, and the larger San Francisco startup community. Companies will hold mock board meetings with investors, thought leaders, and industry experts and will receive feedback regarding their company’s strategy and capital needs.


Problem Statement
Recent data indicates that by 2020, 65% of all jobs in the US will require at least an Associate’s degree or some amount of post-secondary school training or certification. However, only 1 in 4 students are academically prepared for college when they graduate from high school, and less than half of recent graduates are workforce ready. Many students lack the skills and training necessary for securing jobs in careers with progressively higher wages and incomes. To address these challenges, Village Capital, in Partnership with Michelson Runway, has convened an elite group of ventures offering solutions to improve student academic performance and position them for success as they enter the workforce. This program held in collaboration with AT&T Aspire, and supporting partner W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Join Us
September 27th from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Hosted at Michelson Runway Incubator
1355 Market, Suite 488
San Francisco, CA 94103
RSVP EventBrite 


About Us

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Michelson Runway
Michelson Runway is a startup accelerator dedicated to supporting innovations in higher education and the workforce. The accelerator emerged as a partnership initiative between the Michelson 20MM Foundation and Runway incubator, launching with a cohort of five startups in 2016. Ultimately, the program aims to serve as the bridge that connects and catalyzes institutions, innovators, and policymakers to solve the most pressing issues in post-secondary education and workforce development.


Village Capital 
Village Capital sources, trains, and invests in seed-stage social entrepreneurs around the world. Village Capital develops entrepreneurs solving specific problems in agriculture, energy, education, financial inclusion, and health, and then puts the power of investment in the hands of those entrepreneurs, who award investment capital to the two ventures ranked highest by their peers at the end of every program. The organization’s unique peer-selection model and curriculum received the prestigious McKinsey/Harvard Business Review M-Prize for innovation in 2013. Village Capital has supported 500 entrepreneurs across 40 programs in 9 countries in the last 5 years, creating 8,500 jobs and raising more than $118 million in follow-on capital.


Village Capital partners:
AT&T Aspire Kellogg


Michelson Runway partners:
ACTBisk EducationBrandman UniversityCamelback VenturesCSU Chancellor OfficeFoothill-De Anza CCDSan Francisco State UniversitySkyRocket


Centric Learning HERO

A Digital Learning Environment coupled with a curriculum that is project-based, cross-discipline, competency and standards-based, and AdvancEd accredited.

College Ease

College Ease is a unique engagement and marketing platform that connects high school students worldwide with colleges, starting freshman year of high school.


Comprendio combines cognitive mapping, accountability for learner thinking, automated feedback, and unique analytics to accelerate understanding.


Couragion inspires underserved and underrepresented youth to pursue competencies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Education Modified

Education Modified delivers cutting-edge, research-based strategies and analytics for every learning need in today’s classrooms.


LaborX is the LinkedIn for the LinkedOut, helping high need talent connect to living wage jobs.


Lrnr helps unlock the power of Open Educational Resources by marrying high-quality content to a robust personalized learning platform.


Motimatic delivers highly-targeted motivational messages to students that improve student retention and persistence.


Nepris brings professionals into the classroom virtually to bring relevance to curriculum, to help evaluate student projects and to engage students in STEAM.


PAIRIN is a social enterprise company that uses friendly science to personalize career exploration, hiring and professional development.

Paragon One

Paragon One is the #1 American career education platform powered by U.S. professionals turned career coaches.

Pragya Systems

Pragya Systems produces higher education technology that facilitates the flow of information on and off campuses for students, faculty, administrators, alumni,

ReUp Education

ReUp Education helps college students who drop out re-enroll in school and graduate.

Skill Scout

Skill Scout changes how companies attract and hire talent through video job descriptions and hands on interviews.


Story2 makes college application writing easier through personal stories.


WorkAmerica is an online recruiting platform that connects employers in the skilled trades with trained and credentialed talent.


Yenko sells financial retention software to colleges that lose tuition revenue when students drop out as a result of losing financial aid.


Alan Tripp Motimatic
Beth Baker Centric Learning HERO
Byron Hsu Paragon One
Dan Nash Comprendio
Demetrius Curry College Ease
Elena Valentine Skill Scout
Elisa Altorfer Education Modified
Glen Taylor Centric Learning HERO
Laura Farrelly Couragion
Matt Wilkerson Paragon One
Melissa Corto Education Modified
Melissa Risteff Couragion
Michael Colonnese WorkAmerica
Nitzan Pelman ReUp Education
Ramji Raghavan Pragya Systems
Ron Young Pairin
Sabari Raja Nepris


Ryan Craig University Ventures