Entrepreneurship in Education

Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter presents a panel discussion of the changing landscape. of education in America and the opportunities for entrepreneurs to make a lasting difference while making money. 

Education is slow to change in America, but with the technologies of today, higher funding from philanthropists, and a new generation of teachers, we are poised for a much-need seismic shift. Entrepreneurs across our country are bringing technology and innovative practices to the educational landscape and are making notable impacts.

In the first quarter of 2014 alone, education technology-focused startups raised over $500 million – the largest such amount in five years. Rice Alliance-Austin Chapter is pleased to present this panel of experts to speak to this dynamic time of change and tremendous opportunity for new businesses.

 

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“Entrepreneurship in Education”
Date: November 4, 2014
Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
6:30pm-7:30pm  registration, cocktails and networking, interactive showcase
7:30pm-8:30pm  panel discussion and questions
8:30pm-9:30pm   cocktails and networking
Place: Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr. Austin, TX 78712

Moderator Troy Williams, President, Macmillan New Ventures

Panelists:

  • Scott Lipton, Director, Globaloria
  • Greg Rosenbaum, Producer, SXSWedu
  • Joshua Pierce, Founder, Socratic Ventures

Participating Showcase Companies: (more to be named soon)

Double Line Partners  |  Student Loan Benefits  |  One Jump

Registration Fees:

Pre-Registration (through 3:00pm 11/4/14): $25
On-site Registration: $30
Student pre-registration with valid student ID: $5
Student on-site registration with valid student ID: $10

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Troy Williams

Troy Williams

Scott Lipton

Scott Lipton

Greg Rosenbaum

Greg Rosenbaum

Joshua Pierce

Joshua Pierce

Panel Speakers’ Bios:
Troy Williams, Macmillan New Ventures

Troy Williams is President of Macmillan New Ventures, where he is responsible for managing a portfolio of innovative educational technology companies and identifying emerging technologies and trends that will have a major impact on student performance and outcomes. Prior to Macmillan, Troy advised development stage companies focused on restructuring, cost containment and product development. From 1998 to 2007, Troy was President and CEO of Questia Media, Inc., an early online electronic book offering that he founded and sold to Cengage Learning.

Troy is a member of the Advisory Board at the Rice University School of Humanities and has served on the boards of the Harris County Education Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, and Imprint!, Houston’s leading literary arts organization, among others. He has also been an adjunct professor at NYU, where he taught the capstone thesis course on starting new businesses in the Masters of Publishing program.

Scott Lipton, Globaloria and EdTech Action

Scott has long been an innovator on the forefront of technology integration in education. He currently serves as the Director for Globaloria, a K-12 blended-learning platform where students learn computer science and coding through video game design. Scott is also the co-founder and CEO of EdTech Action, an education technology incubator/accelerator at Capital Factory in Austin, Texas. As an EdTech ambassador, he utilizes his unique blend of expertise and awareness of technology and education to work with educators, entrepreneurs, educational institutions, and EdTech companies, bringing the community together to foster transformative change in education. Scott has over 20 years of experience in education as a high school principal, district administrator, teacher, and entrepreneur.

Greg Rosenbaum, SXSW.edu

Greg Rosenbaum is the Producer of the SXSWedu Conference & Festival and has been working on the event since its inception in 2011. As one of the newest components of the South by Southwest family of conferences and festivals, SXSWedu serves as a convergence event focused on innovations in learning. Greg has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for education two years in a row and was recently named to the Austin Monthly 20 in their 20s list.

Joshua Pierce, Socratic Ventures

Joshua Pierce is a reformed private equity guy who found a calling building education businesses. His firm, Socratic Ventures, was founded in 2010 to find bona fide entrepreneurs and to help them foster big ideas in the education space. Real change in education will only come if we can build lasting businesses that provide fundamental value to students. Since its founding, Socratic has helped to build or launch UniversityNow, TeachTown, Collegiate Gateways, Synergis Education, Student Loan Benefits and MeasureOne. Josh has been in the broader education space for nearly a decade after leaving Wall Street to work with Charter schools in 2005. He has developed deep expertise in new model universities, higher education regulation, non-accredited programs, student finance and student loans. Prior to his time in education, he worked for the Riverside Company, Citigroup and Salomon Smith Barney. Josh earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BBA from Texas A&M