StartEd® and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Announce EDTECH WEEK™ 2020 in NYC

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

StartEd, the global community for education innovators, announces a partnership with Catalyst @ Penn GSE to produce next EDTECH WEEK 2020 in New York City June 1-3.

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Kat Stein, Penn GSE Communications
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NEW YORK — StartEd, Inc, a public-benefit corporation, and Catalyst @ Penn GSE, an innovative initiative from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), have announced EDTECH WEEK 2020 — an immersive experience in education innovation — on June 1-3, 2020 in New York City.

Previously known as NY EDTECH WEEK, the initiative is in its 4th year, and expands for 2020 by creating a global meeting point and learning experience for stakeholders in the education innovation movement. With a focus on how entrepreneurship and edtech can drive advancements in education and learning, EDTECH WEEK will offer the best connections, customers, capital, and culture with the field-defining expertise of Catalyst @ Penn GSE. It's a must-attend event for the edtech community. 

“When StartEd said they wanted to take EDTECH WEEK global, we wanted to be a part of it,” said Michael Golden, Executive Director of Catalyst @ Penn GSE. “Breakthroughs in education don’t happen in isolation. We bring research-informed practices and a track record of innovation to this festival, which gives innovators the chance to learn from, and collaborate with, the people and ventures who are creating a new vision for education success.”

EDTECH WEEK 2020 will expand on past successful events that have brought together 1300+ technology innovators, early-stage investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, media representatives, researchers, and educators to foster new partnerships and exchange best practices for the tech-powered future of education. 2020 will feature immersive experiential learning to power connectivity and creative problem-solving.

Distinguished participants of past StartEd and Penn GSE EdTech events have included Katheryn Minshew, CEO of Muse; Anya Kamenetz, author; Jim Shelton, Chief Impact Officer at 2U; Fred Wilson, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures; and many more.

“We’re developing a highly-skilled, highly-motivated army of edtech innovators with a global mindset, with the national center of education innovation,” said Ash Kaluarachchi of StartEd. “It’s the perfect place to bring people, organizations and resources together to improve the opportunities and outcomes in the global education community -- that’s what EDTECH WEEK is all about.”

Highlights of EDTECH WEEK 2020 include presentations and master classes on education and technology from K-12 to higher education, the future of work, global education trends as well as: 

  • “StartEd Talks” TED-style presentationsby the researchers and educators who are pioneering new learning solutions
  • Think Tanks in early learning, K-12, higher ed, and the Future of Work with industry thought-leaders, including esteemed members of the media, entrepreneurs, policy makers, researchers faculty and educators
  • Shark Tanks” and “Gallery of Innovation” featuring the most prominent education investors and the hottest global startups representing the most exciting innovations
  • “Master Classes” accredited experiential learning led by faculty and entrepreneurs
  • Open Labs” visits to iconic New York education and cultural institutions
  • Hyper Internships” for job seekers at any stage in their edtech career

EDTECH WEEK, produced by StartEd and Catalyst @ Penn GSE, is sponsored and presented in collaboration with tekMountain, Navitas, and other sponsors. For more information on the events and activities of EDTECH WEEK 2020, or to participate, please visit:


About StartEd Companies:

By galvanizing an ecosystem of education innovation StartEd aims to accelerate edtech innovators to tackle the world's greatest education problems. StartEd runs edtech accelerators, intensive bootcamps and programming for edtech companies from early to growth stage, and manages the experience for StartEd Members, who are education innovators around the globe who support each other and enable access to connection, capital, and customers. For more information on StartEd Accelerator, please visit: or follow us on Twitter @startedaccel

About Catalyst @ Penn GSE:

Penn GSE is one of the nation’s premier research education schools and is currently ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. No other education school enjoys a university environment as supportive of practical knowledge-building as the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania. The School is notably entrepreneurial, launching innovative degree programs for practicing professionals and unique partnerships with local educators, and the first-ever business plan competition devoted exclusively to educational products and programs. Catalyst @ Penn GSE is a center for global education innovation that connects people and ideas to develop new ways to advance education in novel and meaningful directions.

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