AT&T Aspire Accelerator

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Technology is changing the learning experience in ways never before imagined, removing barriers and preparing today’s learners with the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow. For the second year in a row, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator is hosting a $1 Million Skills Building Challenge to locate, support and mentor eight startups working to redefine how students prepare for promising futures. 

Brooklyn, NY

Almost Fun (501(c)3) reinvents test prep for underserved students by providing questions based on culturally relevant news, relatable situations, and the careers of diverse professionals.

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Milwaukee, WI

Fiveable supports high school students after school with AP exams, college admissions and social-emotional skills through livestreams, community discussions and interactive content.

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Oakland, CA

GiveThx (501(c)3) builds student wellbeing and social-emotional skills using digital thank you notes to recognize positive behaviors that nurture relationships.

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Buffalo, NY

Immersed Games helps students build science literacy through online gaming by engaging with science phenomena through hands-on experiences, like collecting data to determine if something is an invasive species.

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Miami, FL

KlickEngage empowers students to report their emotional state daily and receive the support they need more efficiently, in order to feel safe and supported in every environment.

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San Francisco, CA

Purpose Project (501(c)3) builds much needed 21st century skills such as creativity, self-direction and community contribution in youth and young adults through a curriculum and digital platform.

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Los Angeles, CA

Social Cipher creates video games that give players who are autistic a safe space to practice social situations and build social-emotional skills through play.

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New York, NY

TechRow Inc. aims to solve the disengagement challenge in classrooms by leveraging immersive technology such as virtual reality.

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Aspire Investment
$100,000 AT&T Aspire investment and an additional $25,000 to cover costs associated with the program.



National Platform
Be a part of the broader AT&T Aspire initiative, which is committed to driving innovation in education and skilling on a national scale.



Customized Program
Access to expertise, services and relationships tailored to each organization throughout the 4-6 month program.



Flexible Location
No relocation necessary. Unlike other accelerators, an organization does not have to move to participate in the Aspire Accelerator.



Connect with AT&T and external stakeholders from the education and technology ecosystems.



Receive access to a dedicated Entrepreneur in Residence, UI/UX design services and opportunities to participate in education conferences.

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Charles Best

Founder and CEO,

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Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code

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Elizabeth Corcoran

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, EdSurge

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Nancy Lue

Co-Founder and COO, Advanced Eduation Research & Development Fund

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Daniel Lurie

Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, Tipping Point Community

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Ramona Pierson

Managing Director and Head of Data Innovation and Products, PwC

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Sebastian Thrun

Founder and Chairman, Udacity

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Mentor Network

This network supports the AT&T Aspire Accelerator program, its entrepreneurs and shares AT&T’s mission for social impact across the education sector.
Below are some of our current members.


Ashley Beckner

Venture Partner, Imaginable Futures 

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Debbie Stauffer

Executive Coaching and Advisory 

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Diana Stepner

Vice President Product Management, Innovative Learning Solutions

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Ian Lotinski

CTO and Head of Platform, LearnZillion

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Jeff Livingston

CEO, EdSolutions

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Julia Stiglitz

Partner, GSV AcceleraTE Fund

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Kwame Anku

Chairman and CEO, Black Star Fund 

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Maria Choi

Founder and CEO at Raise for Good 

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Rohan Wadwha

Vice President, Lumos Capital Group

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