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Missy Greene
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SETDA Names Startups Selected for 2021 Cohort of Emerging Partners

June 9, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) announced the members of its ninth annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners. These startups were selected through a competitive application process and will be introduced during SETDA’s virtual Emerging Trends Forum taking place June 11 and June 14-15, 2021.

The 2021 – 2022 SETDA Emerging Partners startup cohort members are:
Future Genius:
Killer Snails:

This year’s cohort of EdTech startups will help state leaders understand the newest edtech innovations in ways that directly support SETDA’s mission to improve education through technology policy and practice.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to partner with SETDA as we further our mission of educational equity. This partnership reflects Paper’s commitment to empowering students, and our team is excited to be a part of an organization dedicated to that goal,” said Philip Cutler, CEO, and co-founder, Paper.

SETDA’s Emerging Partners Program is uniquely 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.  “SETDA recognizes the critical role that educational technology products and services companies provide to the educational community-at-large. Working together with our partners, we construct individualized systems that enable our partners to understand the needs of schools fully, help evaluate their products, and navigate the purchasing requirements set up by local, state, and federal agencies,” said Stan  Silverman, SETDA Strategic Partnerships Committee Chair and Chairman of the New York State Technology Committee.

Emerging partners will be introduced to the SETDA network during the SETDA Tank competition, a “Shark Tank” style event designed to generate awareness and provide valuable feedback to each cohort member. The 2021 SETDA Tank occurs as part of the annual Emerging Trends Forum on June 11 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm ET.

Throughout the year, in addition to participating in events and activities with SETDA’s network of national digital learning leaders, 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.

“Our goal is to help cohort members understand the role of content marketing in education, and how to build a plan to generate leads and drive sales,” said Charlene Blohm, President at CB&A. “SETDA’s Emerging Partners program attracts some of the most innovative startups in edtech, and we look forward to leveraging our three decades of experience to help accelerate the growth of these companies.”

“Arc will help cohort companies understand the money flow, buying cycles, and how to empower their customers through evidence-based solutions to accelerate learning,” added Rita Ferrandino, founding partner at Arc Capital Development.

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology and digital learning leaders. Through a broad array of programs and advocacy, SETDA builds member capacity and engages partners to empower the education community in leveraging technology for learning, teaching, and school operations.

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