AT&T Launches 2017 Edition ​O​f Aspire Accel​e​rator Programme

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - AT&T has announced the 2017 Class of companies that have been selected to take part of its Aspire Accelerator initiative,​ a program​ ​that ​was launched in 2015 as part of a $400 million commitment to support education and innovation amongst those who need it most.

The ​six-month ​program supports companies and non-profits using technology to help students achieve success and prepare for the future. The 2017 list comprise​s​ startups whose m​​ission is to tackle pressing challenges in education through a variety of methods designed for specific learning and pedagogical needs, which can include basketball stats to practi​c​e math and game-building to learn STEM.​

Among the companies and NGOs included are Earshot, ​creators of an​ app that uses voice analysis and machine learning to give teachers feedback, LiftEd, ​which produced an​ app that enables special education teachers to measure individualized student performance, analyze learning trends in real-time and share progress on demand with districts and parents, Booknook, a cloud-based platform that reinvents small group learning through personalized curriculum and texts, ​and ​five other organizations that can be seen here.​ In 2015, the program supported 11 companies and reached more than four million students.

These companies receive financial investment, mentorship and access to expert services from AT&T and others during their time in the Aspire Accelerator. The 2017 edition was launched over the weekend in conjunction with the ASU GSV Education Technology Summit in Salt Lake City.​

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