Meet the 2017 AT&T Aspire Accelerator class

These 8 businesses are helping shape the future of education

by AT&T Business Editorial Team

Established in 2015, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator program provides financial investment, mentorships and access to expert services from AT&T to tech-forward companies that focus on education. These companies use technology to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, and help prepare learners for employment.

About our group of outstanding companies

The 11 incredible Aspire alumni companies are making a deep and lasting impact, reaching 4 million students to date and growing at rates that far exceed industry standards. And we’re looking forward to this year’s outstanding group of companies, which represent diverse backgrounds and leadership.

The 2017 Aspire Accelerator class brings together groundbreaking startups that are tackling some of the most pressing challenges in education—and each brings its own unique approach to help students as well as teachers. From using basketball stats for math practice, to creating tech tools for special education teachers, these organizations are leading the way in education technology.

The Aspire Accelerator class of 2017

Booknook (Oakland, CA)

This cloud-based platform allows one-on-one and small-group learning from anywhere, and lets multiple users access the same content at the same time. It also provides personalized feedback, suggesting more impactful curriculum and texts for each individual student. (Palo Alto, CA)

Crowdsourced career advice is provided on this website, a 501(c)3, by an online volunteer corps of working professionals. It empowers the workforce of tomorrow by allowing students to ask questions, as well as search for previously indexed advice.

Earshot (Seattle, WA)

Teachers are the target for this app, which uses voice analysis and machine learning to provide them with personalized data and advice about their instruction. This provides teachers with the opportunity to constantly improve their skillset.

Learn Fresh (Denver, CO)

The brains behind the game that makes math fun (yes, fun). Non-profit Learn Fresh created Math Hoops, a board game, mobile app and community program that builds fundamental math skills through engagement with NBA and WNBA player statistics.

LiftEd (Berkeley, CA)

Special education teachers spend too much time gathering and tracking data, which hampers their focus on students. LiftEd, an iPad app, analyzes the data for them, measuring virtually real-time learning trends and progress that can be shared with districts and parents.

ListenWise (Brookline, MA)

ListenWise leverages listening to enhance students’ language, vocabulary and reading skills. It works by curating engaging audio that teachers can easily incorporate into the classroom, and offers up ways they can assess progress.

Literacy Lab (Oakland, CA)

This 501(c)3 powers Lumen, an app that uses mobile technology to connect children and parents around learning together. It gathers mobile usage data and converts it into actionable intelligence for parents, providing focused reading support.

Zulama (Pittsburgh, PA)

This teen-focused, cloud-based platform is hard to pass up, thanks to its video game base. Zulama engages students in programming and STEM subjects by incorporating game design and project-based learning.

Helping shape the future of education

Education is constantly shifting based on technology, and these companies are ahead of the curve. We look forward to working with each of them in this shared commitment to furthering education for all students and teachers alike.

AT&T Aspire Accelerator is part of the Aspire program, which has invested $400 million in supporting education during the continuing digital revolution. If you’d like more information on this program, click here.