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Imagine K12 Continues Successful Start-Up Backing

Education technology is without a doubt one of the premiere markets to venture into for tech companies looking to expand their horizon. Imagine K12 has been there for many of these companies by helping them acquire funding for innovative technology that will benefit students in the classroom.

“Over the past four years, Imagine K12 has helped to launch more than 70 companies, which have collectively raised over $150 million in funding and reached millions of classrooms around the country,” said Margaret Lavin in a Mercury News report.

The company works with startups that are in need of strategic advice, looking for educators to support their product and linking startups with investors who are willing to help them enter further stages of development by means of funding.

"We believe the future of our country and our way of life will be determined by how well we prepare our children for success in the 21st century," said Karen Lien, director and partner at Imagine K12, according to the article.

"Today we see great potential for the application of technology to enrich and transform education for all learners. At Imagine K12, we are doing everything we can to help realize that potential as quickly and effectively as possible."

The future is a big part of Imagine K12’s plan of attack. Companies like MathChat are just some of the innovative ideas that K12 has been able to back. MathChat links students both nationwide and worldwide so that they can learn math from their peers. What educators aren’t able to clarify can be remedied by having other students give out tips that worked for them. This gives students yet another option when it comes to seeking help.

“I took some 7th and 8th grade students on a field trip to Imagine K12's offices in Redwood City. There they had the opportunity to meet MathChat cofounders Sam Woodard and Kostub Deshmukh, who sat down with the kids and explained how they became involved with coding and what led them to developing an educational app,” said Lavin.

As Imagine K12 continues to keep their sites set on the future, it’s very possible that this could yield plenty of great tools for students and educators to use in the classroom.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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