Will Compete as Semifinalist in the World’s Largest Pitch Competition for Pre-K to Gray EdTech Startups
Chapel Hill, N.C.(Jan 4, 2023)— Participate has been selected to The Elite 200, the distinguished list of semifinalists set to compete in the 2023 GSV Cup.The GSV Cup, widely recognized as the world’s largest EdTech pitch competition for early-stage digital learning and workforce skills startups, takes place at the ASU+GSV Summit April 17-19, 2023, in San Diego, CA. The cup, powered by GSV Ventures, Google Cloud, HolonIQ, HubSpot for Startups, and ASU RealmSpark, will award $1MM in cash & prizes.
Participatewas selected from a global applicant pool of 900+ startups across 69 countries, representing the largest and most competitive applicant pool for the GSV Cup. More than 200 judges from leading venture capital firms and strategic partners in digital learning and workforce skills, including Accel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Blume Ventures, ECMC Group, NEA, Pear, Owl Ventures, Reach Capital, and more, leveraged a rigorous framework to evaluate each startup and determine the 200 most promising companies.
“Throughout the pandemic and now post-pandemic, we’ve had the privilege to support our amazing and wonderful partners in transitioning learning initiatives online so that they can continue to thrive in virtual and hybrid environments,” said Mark Otter, CEO and Founder of Participate. “Our vision is to be the place where the world learns together, and through online Communities of Practice, we can build stronger, more sustainable and more equitable communities to impact our world. Thank you so much to the GSV Cup for this incredible recognition.”
“Our GSV Cup semifinalists epitomize our 2023 theme, Brave New World – you can’t use an old map for a new world. These 200 companies are charting new courses and drawing new maps to achieve the scaled delivery of learning and skills. We all hope to achieve the mission that ALL people deserve equal access to the future through the innovations of these great founders,” said Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Ventures and Co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit.
The Elite 200 companies selected as semifinalists in this year’s competition support learners from Pre-K to Gray and are well-distributed across the categories of Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Workforce Learning. Among this year’s Elite 200 companies:
43% of companies are headquartered outside the United States
52% of companies have female founder(s)
48% of companies have founder(s) that identify as people of color
The 2023 Elite 200 join an illustrious group of startups with past winners and semifinalists, including, Abwaab, Curious Cardinals, Ethena, Kibo Schools, LingoAce , uDocz, and many more.
Participate helps organizations learn and work better by offering a comprehensive digital platform and services to design, build and engage vibrant communities of practice to impact their strategic goals. With Participate, you can level up your organization’s professional learning and development efforts, create communities of practice, promote collaboration, boost productivity and certify achievements through digital credentials. Participate.com
About ASU+GSV Summit
The ASU+GSV Summit is the premier global event focused on technology innovation in education and skills. We believe that ALL people deserve equal access to the future. Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Educators, investors, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the world come together to innovate the future of education for all. Hosted in San Diego, over 5,300 people attended in April 2022. Speakers from previous years include President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, John Legend, Common, Marian Wright Edelman, Bill Gates, Sandra Day O'Connor, Reed Hastings, President Vicente Fox, Malcolm Gladwell, Gloria Steinem, Tony Blair, and Howard Schultz.