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The Graide Network Advances to Final Round at SXSWedu Launch

SXSWedu
3/8/17

Ten education startups took the stage at SXSWedu 2017 yesterday to pitch their early-stage companies to a jury of education experts and live audience. We are thrilled to announce that Teachers Connect, The Graide Network and The Whether powered by Better Weekdays have been selected to advance to the final round of the competition.

On The Air: National Writing Project Hosts The Graide Network

National Writing Project Radio
3/2/17

Listen as The National Writing Project hosts a wide-ranging discussion of the power of The Graide Network as an instructional tool, the importance of effective feedback, and the value of experiential learning for pre-service teachers. Featuring Brophy College Prep English department chair John Damaso and all-star Graider from University of Illinois-Chicago Sumaiya Qazi.

From the Ground Up

Northwestern Magazine, Spring 2017
2/28/17

At the Kellogg-sponsored Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Inspiration Days in 2014, Blair Mlnarik Pircon ’16 MBA listened to a former classroom teacher lament that he had been unable to provide nearly as much feedback to his students as he would have liked. The idea for the Graide Network was born: use applications of the sharing economy and readily available remote working tools to share student work with vetted graders — undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who are aspiring teachers — who provide personalized feedback to students. Working as a resident at The Garage, Pircon launched the business (with her co-founder Liz Nell, the sister of Thomas Nell ’10, ’10 MS). They have pursued the venture full time, thanks in part to an investment from the NUseeds Fund.

Announcing the Launch Startup Finalists

SXSWedu
1/11/17

SXSWedu showcases innovations in education with a fast-paced, live startup competition. Ten early-stage education startups have been selected as finalists to participate in the sixth annual Launch event.

Announcing the 2016 50 on Fire Winners

ChicagoInno
12/9/16

Video: CEO Blair Pircon Interviewed on BootStrapping in America

tastytrade
9/9/16

Want Better Education Tools? A Look Inside Camelback Ventures' Diverse Pipeline of Entrepreneurs

EdSurge
8/17/16

...most entrepreneurs were white and male. But in a space as diverse as public education, where K-12 students are 50 percent female and students of color comprise a larger percentage of the population than white students, there’s a fundamental disconnect between creators and users. The statistics around entrepreneurs creating the tools and the statistics around public school students consuming the tools don’t match up. 
Enter Camelback Ventures, a three-year old “incubator” specifically designed to brew entrepreneurial talent amongst women and people of color—geared predominantly towards entrepreneurs in education.

The Opening Bell 06-15-16: The Graide Network Makes Teaching Easier

Chicago WGN Radio
6/15/16

Kellogg announces 2016 Social Impact Awards winners

Kellogg School of Management
6/13/16

The Graide Network Gives Teachers On Demand Teaching Assistants

ChicagoInno
6/9/16

STUDENT STARTUPS TIE FOR FIRST IN ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE

Northwestern University
6/8/16

2 teams tie for top prize in Northwestern University Venture Challenge

Chicago Tribune
6/3/16

2016 Best MBAs: Blair Pircon, Northwestern Kellogg

Poets and Quants
5/15/16

AT&T Kicks Off Aspire Accelerator With 6 Leading Ed-Tech Startups

AT&T
5/8/16

Marketplace Models Hit Education: 5 Lessons from #OnDemandEDU

EdSurge
3/29/16

1871 names new group of women tech founders for WiSTEM

Chicago Tribune
3/10/16

Here Are 10 Student-Launched Startups Set To Make Moves In 2016

ChicagoInno     
12/14/2015

Introducing the 150 Nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire

ChicagoInno
12/13/2015

Kellogg announces 2015-16 Zell Fellows

Kellogg School of Management
12/4/2015

Five Chicago Edtech Companies That Will Help You Better Manage Your Classroom

ChicagoInno
9/15/2015

As Female Founders In Chicago Grow, Northwestern Bolsters The Pipeline

ChicagoInno
8/20/2015

Here's A Look At The Edtech Companies That Presented At Leap Innovation's Pitchfest

ChicagoInno
8/13/2015