Intel recently hosted their Education Accelerator inaugural day where they presented their first cohort which consisted of 10 entrepreneurs who pitched their education startups. Companies ranged from problems around math all the way a tool that is a wireless measurement sensor. Intel’s new to the education space, I am curious how promising their new Education Accelerator will be? Also, how difficult is it to become apart of Intel’s Ed Accelerator? Curious to hear others thoughts-
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David is spot on. I was also a member of the Intel Education Accelerator. The experience was incredible and the resources invaluable. It was a rigorous program but well worth it.
The eight companies in the first cohort were all at different stages: some already had prior investors, some had patents or patents pending. It didn’t matter what stage you were at, Intel put in the greatest effort to help each company individually.
Intel has a longer history in education then you might realize. For instance, the Intel Teach Program has trained more than 15 million teachers on integrating technology into the classroom.
The application process was very competitive, but once again, well worth it. I look forward to meeting next years group!
I’m a co-founder of one of companies in the first cohort of Intel's Education Accelerator. I can say without hesitation that Intel made a huge effort, basically pulled out all the stops in terms of helping all of us be as successful as possible. We were given generous access to Intel's vast rolodex; they brought in advisors, subject matter experts, and a whole gamut of professional help. It’s hard to find much, if anything, to criticize - if you wanted to be negative you could say the schedule was overwhelming at times, but my personal feeling is that we all benefited from the intensity.
If we went back in time, for certain we would make the same decision again to apply.