AT&T Aspire Accelerator



Technology is empowering teachers, inspiring students to achieve, removing barriers to graduation and preparing today’s learners with the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow. The 2019 AT&T Aspire Accelerator $1 Million Skills Building Challenge connects the entrepreneurs who are leading the way with the resources they need to drive exponential change in addressing today’s skills gap.  

Boston, MA


AllHere replaces outdated responses to chronic absenteeism with an online attendance improvement operating system that identifies barriers to attendance, delivers personalized interventions and analyzes the results.

Brooklyn, NY


UPchieve (501(c)3) provides free 24/7 STEM tutoring to underserved high school students, offering late-night homework support and test prep to help motivate them to finish high school and pursue rewarding careers.

Kansas City, MO


Boddle Learning helps teachers identify learning gaps and differentiate their students’ learning styles quickly and accurately, using gameplay to boost student engagement and capture more actionable data at the same time.

Minneapolis, MN


UR TURN drives student and parent engagement through a goal-setting and progress-mapping tool with a visualized tracking dashboard. Setting and achieving goals correlates to college and career readiness.

Brooklyn, NY


Cognitive ToyBox saves teachers up to three hours per week, shortens the feedback cycle from assessment to instructional adjustment and enables more objective data collection through a game-based assessment platform.

New York, NY


WeThrive (501(c)3) helps teachers increase classroom engagement, real-world learning and future-readiness by creating student-run companies that earn real revenues through a web and mobile app.

Madison, WI


Sidekick Education (501(c)3) uses artificial intelligence to reinvent the high school internship as an in class project, so any classroom can help close the STEM skills gap.

Fort Worth, TX


WildCards serves as a low-cost, easy-to-use electronic programming product designed to help students learn about coding, electronics and engineering while developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.



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.

Latest AT&T Aspire Accelerator News






Charles Best

Founder and CEO,

Kimberly Bryant

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Elizabeth Corcoran

Co-founder and CEO, EdSurge

Nancy Lue

Strategy and Operations, Advanced Education Research and Development Fund

Daniel Lurie

Founder and CEO, Tipping Point Community

Ramona Pierson

Director of Product Management, Amazon

Sebastian Thrun

Founder, President and Executive Chairman, Udacity




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 – Education at Omidyar Network 

Craig Peters

CEO at Awasu Design

Debbie Stauffer

Executive Coaching and Advisory 


Diana Stepner

Vice President – Product Management, Learning Applications


Ian Lotinski

CTO, LearnZillion


Jeff Livingston

CEO, EdSolutions


Julia Stiglitz

Partner, GSV AcceleraTE Fund


Kwame Anku

Chairman and CEO, Black Star Fund 


Maria Choi

Founder and CEO at Raise for Good 


Rohan Wadwha

Associate, Exceed Capital Partners