Project Literacy Lab Mentors and Ventures Confirmed

International accelerator gears up for launch

Project Literacy Lab 2017

The next Project Literacy Lab will take place in New York and Connecticut from November 12-22 and will bring 13 world-class entrepreneurs for a 10-day accelerator programme. Over 50 mentors, including Kate James and Kevin Capitani and a select group of Pearson employees, will participate in the accelerator activities where we will align these entrepreneurs with resources, mentorship, access to financing, and a global network of support to help them scale more rapidly across multiple regions and countries. We will also have great external mentors joining the programme such as Aleem Walji, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation and former Chief Innovation Officer at The World Bank, and Tom Chi, co-founder of Google X and one of the world's leading experts in rapid prototyping.

With one out of every ten people on this planet locked out of the opportunities that literacy can bring to improve their lives and livelihoods, progress requires all of us to be part of the solution.

Project Literacy Lab, a partnership between Pearson and Unreasonable Group as part of the broader Project Literacy campaign, represents the first program of its kind: an international accelerator dedicated exclusively to scaling up ventures that are positioned to close the global literacy gap by 2030. Project Literacy Lab was designed to bring new problem solvers to the table: entrepreneurs.

This accelerator will be all about empowering this new cohort of entrepreneurs to scale their innovative solutions even faster. Daily life in the accelerator is centered around a belief that business is fundamentally about people, partnerships, and relationships. And it’s based on their own experiences around education and learning that our entrepreneurs created some of the most innovative products.

Emote Founder & CEO Julian Golder had successfully opened a school for grades 6-12 in San Francisco and was working with schools across the country, but he was repeatedly reminded of the shocking national reality that 70 percent of students don’t get the comprehensive support they need. Without this underlying foundation, US schools lose $9 billion annually and continue to struggle with the persistent achievement gap. In 2015, Julian assembled a team of technology and education innovators — including district leaders, child psychologists, and tech experts from Google and Facebook — to build Emote. With Emote, staff monitor school climate and student social-emotional health in real-time, offering support to students within hours of their need, rather than months

This is an inspiring story behind one of the ventures that are part of Project Literacy Lab new cohort.Check the Project Literacy Lab page to learn more about the ground-breaking work all 13 ventures have been developing and the amazing mentors who will be joining us next month. Next stop, Connecticut!