Start-Up Alley

We're pleased to announce the selection of our 2016 Start-Up Alley companies. These emerging edtech companies are creating new models and leveraging technology in innovative ways to address key issues in higher education including access, student success, retention, and cost.

Make sure to engage with these 27 emerging companies in the Start-Up Alley space on the exhibit floor Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27. Interact with new technologies, share your product and service feedback, and identify potential solutions that meet the needs of your institution.

2016 Start-Up Alley Participants

All participating companies are under five years old, have less than $1M in revenue, and employ under 50 employees.

Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition

Ten of these Start-Up Alley companies will be selected to compete in the Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition during the Annual Conference. Each will deliver a 7-minute pitch presentation focused on their innovative solutions and business models in front of a panel of judges comprised of business thought leaders and entrepreneurs. Don't miss this dynamic emerging edtech pitch competition!

Sponsored by

The Pennsylvania State University

Key Dates

  • Exhibit Hall Open for Start Up Alley:
    October 26-27

  • Companies present Pitches:
    October 26

  • Three finalists present Pitches; winner selected:
    October 27

How Have Companies Benefited?

  • New customer acquisition

  • New pilot tests

  • New venture funding

  • Exclusive partnership deals

  • Acquisitions!

What's All the Hype?

"Start-Up Alley is the premier spot for startup companies to get exposure, chat with potential customers and network in the edtech community."  
- Andrew Chaifetz, Founder & CEO, NoteBowl

"Exposure to high level decision makers is a commodity. EDUCAUSE delivered in a big way. Our participation led to an exclusive distribution agreement with a firm much bigger than our own. The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference needs to be on the top of your list."  
- Christopher Downs, Senior Director of Business Development, Shindig

"This is a must event to participate in for any EdTech start-up serious about being successful with Higher Education. While all start-ups need to conserve cash, EDUCAUSE is well worth the investment. You'll get tremendous exposure and leave with a large number of leads. CTOs/CIOs will come to Start-up Alley and engage you."  
- Tim O'Connor, CEO Exemplars, Inc.

"The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference was above and beyond anything I could have expected. We made an enormous gain in terms of lead generation, networking, and pitch experience by attending Start-Up Alley. We're definitely planning on attending again for these reasons."  
- Scott Hasbrouck, CEO, Ginkgotree