Applications Now Open for AT&T Aspire, an Ed Tech Accelerator Designed to Support Students

Applications are now open for AT&T Aspire, the company’s education technology accelerator. The program is part of their $350 million commitment to empower students to reach their full potential.

AT&TAT&T is looking for applicants who are developing technology to support students’ educational and career success. Solutions for students at-risk of dropping out of school will receive special consideration.

Teams will be selected based on their ability to create and scale exponential change in education that will empower educational and career success. Selected teams will receive an investment of $100,000, an additional $25,000 to cover program expenses, access to AT&T leaders and Aspire collaborators in education and technology, and personalized mentorship.

While the program is based in San Francisco, any qualifying venture from around the country is encouraged to apply. In-person events will be held four times throughout the program.

The next class will follow the inaugural class that graduated in October 2015. Ventures included GradGuru, LearnTrials, MindBlown Labs, PlayPosit, and Quill. To date, they have already impacted more than 2 million students, 200,000 teachers, and 4,500 schools throughout the United States.

“We need to welcome ideas from every corner that use technology in innovative ways to help students succeed,” said Nancy Poon Lue, executive director, GSV Summit, and board member for AT&T Aspire. “The Aspire Accelerator’s unique focus on helping both for- and non-profit ed-tech ventures thrive is already having an impact. I’m excited to join the Board of Advisors and see what the 2016 class will achieve.”