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SIIA Seeks Applicants for Ed Tech Incubator Program

The Software and Information Industry Association's (SIIA) Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) is seeking developers of K-12 and higher ed technologies to apply for its Innovation Incubator Program.

"SIIA's Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies," according to a news release. "The program began in 2007 and has provided support and mentorship for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies."

Applicants from academic and nonprofit organizations in pre-revenue or early company stages are welcome, as are established companies with new technologies. Applicants will be judged "on a broad range of criteria, including the education focus, end-user impact, market need for the innovation, representation of K-12/postsecondary market levels and the level of originality and innovation," according to information released by the organization. Those selected will be invited to participate in the program at SIIA's annual Education Industry Summit in San Francisco May 3-5.

"SIIA's Innovation Incubator program is unique because it employs a peer review process to identify the most innovative and most likely to succeed products in the educational technology industry," said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN-SIIA, in a prepared statement. "Those same peers also provide one-on-one mentorship to support the growth and success of the innovators. It's a great way for the industry to give back and help promote the next generation of creative solutions."

The deadline for applications is March 9. For more information, or to apply, visit siia.net.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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