Polygon | May 21, 2022
Polygon, a company specializing in remote evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences, today announced that it closed a $3.6 million investment led by Spark Capital. The round brings Polygon's total funding to date to $4.2 million (with Pear VC having been the largest investor in the company's previously unannounced $600k pre-seed round). The company recently emerged from stealth and will use the new capital to develop its product further and expand its geographic reach. Polygon also announced Spark Capital General Partner Natalie Sandman joining the Board of Directors.
"I wasn't properly assessed and diagnosed as very dyslexic until later in life, well after my early education years. Polygon is my attempt to create the service that I wish I'd had access to as a child, The capital we've raised has been used to build our proprietary assessment platform. We're thrilled with the progress, but we're just getting started. Further platform development, additional services, and national expansion will help us provide gold-standard learning differences services to the mass market."
-Polygon Founder and CEO Jack Rolo.
According to the Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity, Dyslexia affects one in five people, representing 80-90% of all learning disabilities (LDs). Only 67% of students with LDs graduate from high school; research has shown that the situation has worsened during the pandemic, with learning loss being most severe amongst students with LDs. A recent BCG whitepaper estimated dyslexia and its consequences to cost California $12 billion in 2020 and $1 trillion over the next 60 years. While experts agree that early diagnosis and support are the keys to success, services in the industry are prohibitively expensive, have inconsistent standards, and lack remote services.
Polygon provides remote evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences with targeted psychoeducational and comprehensive Neuropsychological assessments. Comprehensive evaluations start at $995, which is 5x less than traditional alternatives. Unlike online marketplaces that rely on hourly contract psychologists, Polygon's expert licensed psychologists are company employees. Clinicians are carefully selected over a 5-stage interview process, complete extensive training, and diligently adhere to Polygon's clinical practices. In addition to equipping them with its proprietary remote assessment platform, every member of the Polygon team receives a professional video-conferencing setup, full benefits, and equity compensation.
"We identified multiple points for improvement throughout the industry, from assessment to billing and compensation. Polygon has set out to update processes and infrastructure with technology to enable a more efficient, accurate, and fair experience for clinicians and clients,"
- Polygon Chief Clinical Officer Sharon Witkin, Ph.D.
"I was diagnosed with dyslexia at ten years old. It was a life-changing diagnosis, We believe Polygon has the potential to serve a huge number of people with learning differences. Their offering is well-timed with the rapid adoption of telehealth spurred by the pandemic."
-Polygon board member and Spark Capital General Partner Natalie Sandman.
Polygon is a new kind of psychology practice specializing in evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences. Polygon utilizes technology to provide a better experience for both clients and its team of in-house licensed psychologists. Polygon's mission is to enable every person with a learning difference to reach their full potential.
CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Association of Independent Mortgage Experts | August 05, 2022
The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME), a non-profit, national trade membership association which supports wholesale mortgage professionals, announced its new training program, the AIME Academy. The AIME Academy’s launch showcases two brand new training programs – the Loan Officer Assistant Training Program and the Processor: Level 100 Training Program – both designed to provide entry-level training for learners without prior mortgage industry knowledge.
“The AIME Academy was created to specifically help Broker Owners and small broker shops, who often lack critical training support in-house, Our association is committed to helping our members effectively scale their businesses, and in order for the broker channel to continue to grow, we need to provide the tools and resources that make it easier for their businesses to thrive.”
-Katie Sweeney, CEO of AIME
Loan Officer Assistant Training Program
The Loan Officer Assistant Training Program is tailored to provide the basics of the mortgage industry and its history, while teaching the responsibilities and expectations of the average wholesale LOA. This self-paced program also highlights the basic requirements from the Fannie Mae, FHA, HUD, VA, and USDA selling guides, and is designed to support wholesale brokerages as part of their internal training processes.
Processor: Level 100 Training Program
The Processor: Level 100 Training Program is the first level of a multi-tier processor training plan, teaching aspiring processors how to analyze initial loan data. Trainees will be able to determine eligibility, including income, property, assets, and credit. This 10-hour competitive syllabus takes learners through five in-depth courses, covering lender regulations, guidelines, IPAC, and various workflows- all specifically designed for the wholesale mortgage channel.
Program learners can work at their own pace towards the next level of certification and all graduates earn skill badges and a completion certificate. Both training programs are available immediately in the AIME Academy with additional courses available in the coming months.
This program is intended to be a game-changer for anyone who wants to step into the wholesale mortgage industry. The nation’s leading mortgage experts developed the coursework for the training program guaranteeing that learners will excel in the fast-paced world of wholesale mortgage lending, adds Mike Cox, AIME’s Vice President of Education.
About Association of Independent Mortgage Experts
The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) is a non-profit, national trade membership association created exclusively for independent mortgage brokers. With over 65,000 members, AIME is committed to establishing a community of independent mortgage experts by creating an association that empowers them with unparalleled technology, continued education, and networking support necessary to successfully advise consumers nationwide with their residential mortgage needs. AIME operates with a growth-focused strategy, providing tools and resources to propel the wholesale channel beyond a 25% share of the mortgage market in 2022 and beyond.
EducationDynamics | June 08, 2022
The number of students enrolling in online college programs has increased in the past few years, even as total college enrollment has declined. To help education leaders understand why more students are turning to online EducationDynamics, higher education marketing experts, surveyed over 1,000 currently enrolled and soon-to-enroll students. The resulting report – Online College Students 2022 uncovers the needs and preferences of online college students in 2022 and examines changes over the past several years.
The researchers confirmed many long-developing trends and uncovered new emerging trends that are likely to accelerate coming out of the recent pandemic. Students are still motivated by career outcomes and their biggest challenge continues to be figuring out how to pay for college. Compared to students from five or more years ago, the online college students of today are younger, more likely to be working full time, and devote more time to their education. Further, these students almost universally recognize the benefits and value of online learning and most intend to enroll in online programs in the future.
"The landscape of higher education shifted dramatically in the past several years. While overall enrollment in college has continued to decline, we have seen growth in online program enrollments. However, even as the overall outlook for online education has significantly improved, many schools are finding it increasingly difficult to take advantage of this growth opportunity. We wanted to help them understand who is enrolling in online education – and why. With online education now taking its place in the forefront of the minds of students and educators alike, it will be more important than ever for the leaders of higher education to fully understand the online students of today and the future."
-Bruce Douglas, EducationDynamics CEO,
Now in its 11th year, the 2022 Online College Students Report provides a comprehensive analysis of the online learner of today and uncovers why many students are increasingly turning to online programs when pursuing degrees.
EducationDynamics is the industry leader in helping colleges and universities find new adult students and achieve their enrollment goals. As the trusted partner to more than 500 higher educational institutions, EducationDynamics has earned a reputation for providing the resources and expertise required to meet a wide range of industry challenges, delivering inquiry generation and agency of record marketing (e.g. paid digital, organic search, awareness), enrollment management, retention, and technology solutions to colleges and universities across the country.
CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Unstoppable Domains | June 18, 2022
Unstoppable Domains, the leading Web3 digital identity platform and NFT domain name provider with 2.4 million registered usernames, has partnered with the City of Miami's Venture Miami team to accelerate its local Web3 education effort.
Venture Miami will host its "Miami for Everyone" Web3 education event from June 17-19, 2022 at Miami Dade College. The event will provide an inclusive and engaging environment for the community of Miami to learn about Web3, while giving skilled participants the opportunity to leverage their expertise to create social impact through Web3 and traditional technologies. Along with a full day of workshops catered towards people of all ages, levels, cultures, and skill sets, Miami for Everyone will feature a hackathon as well as networking opportunities.
Each guest at "Miami for Everyone" will receive a $50 credit towards a NFT domain courtesy of Unstoppable Domains. In English and Spanish sessions, Unstoppable Domains will guide attendees through the process of creating a wallet, claiming their NFT domain, and keeping their wallet safe. Attendees will be taught how NFT domains can act as their digital identity, unlocking exciting opportunities across Web3. Students at Miami Dade College also have access to free NFT domains through Unstoppable Domains' university partnership network.
"Unstoppable Domains is pleased to support the great city of Miami on its mission to become the most Web3 and crypto-friendly city in the world, We believe that access to free education and resources, including NFT domains, are key to unlocking the power of Web3 innovation and ownership."
-Sandy Carter, SVP and head of business development at Unstoppable Domains.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez assembled the Venture Miami team with the goal of making Miami the "capital of capital" with an economy that focuses on innovation, technology, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Venture Miami supports regional collaboration amongst other local governments, economic development agencies, and organizations. It also providers support for founders, connects talent to jobs, and bridges connections between new-to-market technologies and the existing innovation ecosystem.
"We are excited to have partners like Unstoppable Domains offer greater accessibility into Web3 technologies, and look forward to the resources they will provide to our Miami Tech ecosystem,"
- Erick Gavin, Executive Director of Miami Ventures.
This is Unstoppable Domains' second ever city-wide domain giveaway. Recently, Unstoppable Domains partnered with Access Abu Dhabi, an organization that supports the expansion of women and minority-led businesses, to offer free domains to more than one million women residing in the UAE capital.
ABOUT UNSTOPPABLE DOMAINS
Founded in 2018, Unstoppable Domains is an NFT domain name provider and digital identity platform working to onboard the world onto Web3. Unstoppable Domains offers NFT domains minted on the blockchain that give people full ownership and control of their digital identity, with no renewal fees. With Unstoppable Domains, people can replace lengthy alphanumeric crypto wallet addresses with a human-readable name and log into and transact with more than 200 apps, wallets, exchanges and marketplaces. The company was named by Forbes as one of America's Best Startup Employers in 2022.
ABOUT VENTURE MIAMI
Venture Miami is a portfolio team that was assembled by and reports directly to City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. The mission and goal of the Venture Miami team is to make Miami the "capital of capital" with an innovative technology ecosystem and economy that delivers for everyone. Our five pillars are (1) provide concierge support for funders & founders. (2) connect talent to jobs. (3) meaningfully promote diversity, equity & inclusion. (4) bridge connections between new to market entities and the existing innovation ecosystem. (5) support regional collaboration amongst other local governments, economic development agencies & organizations.