Future of Education Technology Conference Invites EdTech Startups to Apply for 2019 Pitchfest Competition

The competition, which showcases the best-of-the-best startups, gives founders and creators the opportunity to present their cutting-edge tools and services to expert judges and educator attendees.

FETC PitchfestThe National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) has announced that the application process is now open for the 2019 FETC Pitchfest, a competition that will allow 15 trailblazing startups to present their products and services to the conference’s educator attendees and a panel of judges, who will combine to determine the hottest tools and resources coming to the edtech market. Presented in partnership with Arc Capital Development, Pitchfest gives founders and creators the opportunity to share their product offerings and innovations while engaging directly with educators, analysts and investors. To be considered for participation, education technology companies must apply before October 26, 2018 at fetc.org/pitchfest.

Participating companies in the FETC Pitchfest represent the best-of-the-best startups featuring cutting-edge tools and services. Industry accelerators are invited to nominate up to three companies, and startups who are exhibiting in the Startup Pavilion or in a booth may apply. Companies selected to compete must have a minimally viable salable product, customers and enough cash to have a viable business, and the principals must be working full-time in the business. Accelerators who nominate Pitchfest participants must commit to promoting the competition and the conference in a minimum of 10 total tweets, LinkedIn posts, and/or blog posts, and must also commit to having selected companies participate in the Startup Pavilion or an exhibit booth.

“The FETC Pitchfest is among the most exciting events at the conference, giving new companies the opportunity to showcase their innovations to expert judges, analysts and investors, and more than 10,000 educator attendees,” said Rebecca McKenna, VP of Global Events for LRP Conferences. “We encourage all emerging edtech companies and startups to consider participating in this one-of-a-kind competition, which can truly accelerate their level of recognition among key industry decisionmakers and position them to expand their impact on education.”

The first round of the 2019 FETC Pitchfest will take place on Monday, January 27, followed by the final round on Tuesday, January 28. A unique panel of judges, including superintendents, administrators and CIOs, is selected from a broad range of backgrounds in education and education technology. In each round of the event, judges’ voting will account for 70 percent of the final score, while audience voting will contribute the remaining 30 percent.

The Pitchfest winner will have the opportunity to present to the VIP group, comprised of superintendents, CIOs, and other administrators, in the FETC VIP Lounge on Wednesday, January 29, and will also receive a complimentary 10’ x 10’ exhibit space at FETC 2020 in Miami.

"Participating in the FETC Pitchfest was an invaluable experience. I don't know where else we would have had the opportunity to present our content to such a unique group of education leaders and gain their incredible perspectives on our work," said Tony Weaver, Jr., CEO of 2018 FETC Pitchfest winners Weird Enough Productions. "I would encourage all new companies in the edtech space to participate in this event if they have the chance, and we are excited to head back to Orlando in 2019 and see what everyone is accomplishing."

Companies applying to present in the FETC Pitchfest must plan to secure a booth in the conference’s Expo Hall or a space in the Startup Pavilion. The FETC Startup Pavilion, available to companies that have launched within the past two years, gives new companies the opportunity to gain critical exposure. Learn about all exhibiting opportunities by visiting fetc.org/exhibit.

FETC 2019 will include more than 600 diverse learning opportunities, including more than 175 intensive workshops and 425 targeted sessions in five updated program tracks: Future of Ed Tech Educator, Future of Ed Tech Administrator, Future of Ed Tech Information Technology, Future of Ed Tech Inclusion & Special Education and Future of Ed Tech Early Learning. In addition to the Startup Pavilion, FETC’s industry-leading expo will include an Early Learning Pavilion, Game Based Learning Pavilion and Hands-On Technology Lab. The conference’s new schedule will begin on a Sunday, allowing attendees to participate in professional development workshops without time away from their students.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Future of Education Technology Conference. For additional information and to register, visit fetc.org/register or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227.  Educators who register before November 16, 2018 will save up to $150 by securing the Super Saver rate.

About the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)

The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. With basic to advanced sessions tailored to the needs of each role in the digital transformation, FETC is known as one of the nation’s premier preK-12 education technology events. FETC provides school and district administrators, classroom teachers, IT professionals, special education directors, curriculum and media specialists, and other educators with roles or interest in ed tech, the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of technology across the curriculum. FETC offers a balanced blend of administrative, instructional and technical content through targeted sessions, intensive workshops, hands-on demonstrations of the newest products, and more. Visit fetc.org for more details.

About LRP Conferences

LLC LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually including: Campus Technology Conference, Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), Recruiting Trends Conference, Talent Acquisition Tech Conference, and Women Leaders in Education Conference.

About LRP Publications

LRP Publications, founded in 1977 by Kenneth Kahn, is an innovative media giant serving millions of business and education professionals worldwide. Specializing in education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers' compensation and disability, LRP publishes thousands of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources. The company also produces five industry-leading print and digital magazines for key decision-makers: District Administration, Human Resources Executive®, HRM Asia, Risk & Insurance® and University Business. Additionally, LRP annually delivers top-quality training and professional development to more than 80,000 professionals through its 13 award-winning conferences and tradeshows in China, Singapore and the United States. LRP currently employs more than 500 professionals in its Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Singapore and Washington, D.C. offices. Headquartered in Palm Beach County since 1996, the company has more than $70 million in annual revenue. For a complete list of LRP resources, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.

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