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Missy Greene
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SETDA Names StartUps Selected for 2020 Cohort of Emerging Partners


June 16, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), today announced its eighth annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners. Selected through a competitive application process, each startup will be introduced at SETDA’s virtual Emerging Technologies Forum, taking place June 16-17, 2020.

“These partners will help our state leaders understand the newest edtech innovations in ways that directly support our mission to improve education through technology policy and practice,” said Candice Dodson, Executive Director of SETDA, which represents U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders.

SETDA’s Emerging Partners Program is designed to foster opportunities for startups to be seen and heard by state and national digital learning leaders. All Emerging Partners benefit from engagement with SETDA’s state leaders, affiliates and annual partners.

“Cignition had the honor and benefit of being a SETDA Emerging Technology partner for three years. We found our time with SETDA invaluable. From expert edtech marketing and sales strategy advice, helping guide our conversations at the state level, to participation in establishing a pilot network for our new research-based online math tutoring offering, SETDA always delivered. SETDA membership is a must for edtech companies looking to understand and successfully partner with State Education Agencies,” said John O’Connell, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Cignition.

The 2020 – 2021 SETDA StartUp Cohort members are:
Innive, Inc.
Respons-Ability and

Throughout the year, the cohort will collaborate with education industry experts, including Academic Business Advisors, Arc Capital Development, C. Blohm & Associates (CB&A), Advancing Global EDU, The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), Innovations4Education, and other SETDA partners.

During SETDA’s first annual SETDA Tank, a “sharktank-esque” event designed to generate awareness and provide valuable feedback, each cohort member will present their startup to a panel of industry experts. SETDA Tank takes place June 24 from 1:30-3 p.m. ET and June 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. ET.

On July 15, Arc Capital Development, Academic Business Advisors and CB&A will co-host a workshop for cohort members, providing insights into the K-12 industry, marketing trends and best practices.

“Our goal is to help cohort members understand how the education market operates, achieve greater visibility and gain more highly qualified leads,” said Charlene Blohm, President and CEO at CB&A. “SETDA’s Emerging Partners program attracts some of the most innovative startups in edtech, and we look forward to collaborating with this year’s members.”

SETDA’s Emerging Partners Program creates intentional, in-person and virtual opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding national and state trends in K-12 and higher education, as well as products and services that states and districts need.

“SETDA places a high value on our strong private sector partnerships. We know that working together enables us to accomplish more than working alone and ultimately helps us to better meet the needs and wants of the education communities we serve,” Dodson said. “We work closely with our partners to shape the products and services coming to the K-12 market and with other associations and nonprofits who share mutual goals for transforming learning.

For more information, please visit:!/become-an-emerging-private-sector-partner

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information on our Private Sector Partner program,!/emerging-private-sector-partners

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