The New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) has announced the confirmation of education technology company Torsh (Today’s One Room School House) moving to New Orleans. Previously a mostly virtual company, Torsh will be bringing everyone to the same city, an idea that was sparked by a quarterly meeting in town at the beginning of 2014.
Education entrepreneur and founder Courtney Williams will be joined by five employees, and expects to add another five by the end of the year.
Torsh is a video-based technology company focused on improving student achievement by enhancing external factors such as teacher effectiveness.
“There is enormous potential for thoughtfully deployed technology to impact all of the factors that influence student achievement – teacher effectiveness, administrator performance, parental involvement and more,” says Williams.
The company will take advantage of the state’s Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive.
“New Orleans has always been a hub of creative innovation, from our food to our music to our culture. Now, we’re becoming a magnet for entrepreneurs using technology to transform education. Torsh’s relocation to New Orleans is a strong indication that New Orleans is poised for continued growth in the technology and education sectors,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
“To grow to the next level,” says Williams, “we needed to be someplace that supported and magnified our growth potential. New Orleans is that place. It’s a place that is also right for my family – it’s smaller, but still has the feel of a big city, urban community. ”
Williams and team are creators of Torsh TALENT, a video-based observation, reflection, feedback, coaching and data analytics platform. For more information on the company or its platform, visit www.torsh.co.