HVL | June 07, 2022
HVL, the venture studio founded by experiences B2B and SaaS experts, has announced the launch of its newest cohort based coaching and online community platform, AppThink.
"Our startup ecosystem is growing in vibrancy. On-ramps that equip first-time founders are more necessary now than ever. Naturally, more people in our community are curious about starting software and tech-enabled businesses. AppThink exists to harness that curiosity by guiding aspiring founders through the fundamentals of making the right decisions early. This includes understanding how to validate an idea and bring it to market with confidence. As an early-stage venture, AppThink is uniquely positioned to "build-in-public" and model the virtuous cycle of ideation, testing, and iteration for our cohort members."
- Kellie Clark, CEO of AppThink
AppThink offers a cohort-oriented learning platform with live online work sessions and a self-paced curriculum. Aspiring founders will be taught the foundation of identifying consumers, testing business assumptions, and exploring options to create an MVP without coding.
"I'm excited to see what's in store for the aspiring founders who engage AppThink. AppThink's curriculum and approach adds value to early-stage founders individually, but it is also poised to contribute immense value to the energy and growth of our tech ecosystem."
- Shegun Otulana, Founder of HVL
Promethean and Merlyn | June 22, 2022
An exclusive distribution agreement for the US market has been reached between Merlyn Mind, Inc. and Promethean®, a preeminent worldwide education technology firm. The voice-activated AI solution Symphony ClassroomTM, which gives teachers access to the Merlyn digital assistant, will be distributed by Promethean under the terms of the new deal. Customers will be able to buy Symphony Classroom directly through Promethean's network of resellers thanks to the agreement.
"Promethean's ActivPanel is the interactive display of choice for millions of teachers who rely on technology to drive student engagement and spark their imagination. By adding Symphony Classroom to our portfolio, we will make it easier for educators to teach untethered, supporting a student-centered environment that increases participation."
-Vin Riera, Chief Executive Officer, Promethean
Teachers can use voice commands or a remote to operate their laptops, interactive screens, internet browsers, apps, and more using Symphony Classroom's Merlyn digital assistant, which is specially designed for the special demands of education. Merlyn frees teachers to move around the classroom so they can interact with students, makes routine classroom duties easier, and boosts efficiency and productivity overall thanks to Symphony Classroom's EdgeAI® technology, which offers lightning-fast reactivity.
"At Merlyn Mind, we're using the latest advances in AI to build transformative technology that gives teachers what they want most – the freedom to teach. The AI software platform makes it possible for Merlyn to quickly respond to teacher commands and integrate with the applications teachers use every day to simplify work and untether teachers to spend more time with students. Our new relationship with Promethean brings teachers a solution for classroom management that makes the most of the tools and technology educators already have with the best of AI and advanced technology."
-Satya Nitta, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Merlyn Mind
Parchment | June 09, 2022
On June 8th, Parchment, prominent academic credentials management provider, announced that it is teaming up with EAB, a leader in education research, marketing, and technology. The partnership will enable EAB undergraduate institutions to integrate Parchment to request transcripts and other supporting admission documents.
"For more than 30 years, EAB has worked to reduce barriers to student enrollment. Partnering with Parchment gives our college and university partners another way to reduce friction in the application process to help boost their enrollment."
- Chris Marett, President of Marketing and Enrollment Solutions at EAB
Educational institutions who are currently using Parchment will get a seamless integration of these new applications into their existing workflow. It will allow administrators to save time and significant resources, as well as have the peace of mind that learner data and records are secure.
"The people at EAB and Parchment believe that postsecondary education transforms lives. We are excited about this partnership as it smooths the path for learners in pursuit of their postsecondary goals. Our platform was built to create a seamless exchange of credentials and our partnership with EAB will help Admissions Offices efficiently collect and process applications, getting decisions to learners faster and increasing their likelihood to enroll."
- Kevin Martin, General Manager of Higher Education at Parchment
"High schools and districts are under-resourced and strapped for time. Giving Counselors and Registrars a streamlined way to support their learners' college pathway will give them back much needed time to engage with their learners in meaningful ways."
- Sarah Kiley, General Manager of K-12 at Parchment