Education · Accelerators

Anyone heard reviews of Intel’s Education Accelerator?

Anonymous

December 11th, 2015

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-


Brian Cook Musician, Inventor, Entrepreneur

December 16th, 2015

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!

Dave Bakker Mentor at Stanford University

December 16th, 2015

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. 

Alexandra Diracles Co-Founder at Vidcode

December 17th, 2015

Yes, I was part of the first cohort this year.  It is competitive to get in.  I believe a 5% acceptance rate.  Intel EDU has a wealth of experience in EDU sales nationally and abroad.  We had an outstanding experience at the accelerator.  We came in wanting to optimize our marketing and sales.  The accelerator team was incredibly dedicated to helping us navigate new markets and sales channels.  We are a software company but a good portion of the cohort was hardware.  Happy to answer further questions at info@vidcode.io

Craig Merry CEO/Founder of Beacon Safety Co. and Operations Coordinator at Purple Communications, Inc.

December 11th, 2015

I was part of their incubator/accelerator programs that supported their IoT/Edison products. It was a good experience for the team in that we were forced to use a specific chip where sometimes the hardware and software offerings seem endless and not built out yet. That scenario may not be a great push to committing your team to developing around one idea. But when you participate in that program you get a lot more focused around the actual product and not the strategy as much. 

It's not that difficult to join a program - it usually requires a promising idea and commitment to following through as much as reasonably can. 

Is it promising? Yes. Is it worthwhile? Probably. I think it's a way for them to get a pulse on the industries they're targeting and develop internally or invest/acquire. It's not a bad choice either way, but if you're already in deep with your idea (patents/investments), it may be best to skip it. 

Nicholas Lum Coloring outside the lines

December 16th, 2015

I was one of the other founders from the first batch of IEA companies. It was a great process that helped our company in a number of ways. The mentors were very sharp, the programming was customized to the needs and stages of the companies. Our startup is a bit different-we're a licensing company instead of a product/platform company. Intel understood our needs and brought together some great resources for us and propelled us forward. Happy to talk more with anyone to answer specific questions-find me on LinkedIn.

Alexandra Diracles Co-Founder at Vidcode

December 17th, 2015

Yes, I was part of the first cohort this year.  It is competitive to get in.  I believe a 5% acceptance rate.  Intel EDU has a wealth of experience in EDU sales nationally and abroad.  We had an outstanding experience at the accelerator.  We came in wanting to optimize our marketing and sales.  The accelerator team was incredibly dedicated to helping us navigate new markets and sales channels.  We are a software company but a good portion of the cohort was hardware.  Happy to answer further questions at info@vidcode.io