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This Startup Will Do the Grading for Teachers—for a Fee

5/22/17
Education Week

"We know how important it is that kids get feedback on their work, yet that was the ball that kept dropping."
Based on surveys, the Graide Network reports that teachers using the service spent 88 percent less time on grading, allowing them to provide one-on-one help for struggling students. The students appreciated it, too. One teacher reported that "getting the comments was like Christmas for my students." 

Why this startup wants teachers to outsource their grading

Built In Chicago
5/16/17

Applicable to practically any academic field or professional focus, learning how to write well can be one of the most valuable takeaways from a K-12 education. But becoming a good writer requires lots of practice and in-depth feedback, which can be hard for time-strapped teachers to provide. The Graide Network wants to help teachers provide that additional follow-up for their students.

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.
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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.

6 New Companies That Are Solving Education's Biggest Problems

Elite Daily
1/27/17

Businesses that strive to solve education-related problems are in a league of their own. They're working to improve a flawed, labyrinthian system, and, in doing so, they contribute to the betterment of society while investing in the hope for a better future.

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.

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.

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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

Blair Pircon joined Steve on The Opening Bell to talk about her company that is giving teachers a much needed breath of fresh air.

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

“The impact of feedback was tremendous,” CEO Blair Pircon said. “Student engagement going through the roof, teachers really loving the experience working with Graiders, Graiders really valuing the experience of working with veteran teachers. It’s really been everything and more were hoping to establish with our first pilot school year.”

STUDENT STARTUPS TIE FOR FIRST IN ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGE

Northwestern University 6/8/16 “NUVC not only showcases the tremendous talent of Northwestern students but also the diversity of entrepreneurial endeavors on campus,” said Melissa Crounse, executive director of The Garage, the University’s new innovation incubator.

Northwestern University
6/8/16

“NUVC not only showcases the tremendous talent of Northwestern students but also the diversity of entrepreneurial endeavors on campus,” said Melissa Crounse, executive director of The Garage, the University’s new innovation incubator.

Poets and Quants 5/15/16 By the numbers, this year’s class could be a case study in diversity. Some 57 of the 100 members were women – a milestone considering how women traditionally represent a third of their MBA classes. They hail from 53 different MBA programs globally, representing nearly every school in Poets&Quants’ Top 25 American and Top 10 International business programs.

Poets and Quants
5/15/16

By the numbers, this year’s class could be a case study in diversity. Some 57 of the 100 members were women – a milestone considering how women traditionally represent a third of their MBA classes. They hail from 53 different MBA programs globally, representing nearly every school in Poets&Quants’ Top 25 American and Top 10 International business programs.

EdSurge 3/29/16 It’s no surprise that the panelists all agreed that on-demand labor scales well. However, many have found that the marketplace model also means better economics and service.

EdSurge
3/29/16

It’s no surprise that the panelists all agreed that on-demand labor scales well. However, many have found that the marketplace model also means better economics and service.

Chicago Tribune 3/10/16 1871 announced a second group of women founders to participate in WiSTEM, a program for early-stage technology or technology-enabled companies. “We have a stellar group of women,” said Nicole Yeary ⇒, founder of Ms. Tech and co-facilitator of WiSTEM. 

Chicago Tribune
3/10/16

1871 announced a second group of women founders to participate in WiSTEM, a program for early-stage technology or technology-enabled companies.

“We have a stellar group of women,” said Nicole Yeary ⇒, founder of Ms. Tech and co-facilitator of WiSTEM. 

ChicagoInno 8/13/2015 The Graide Network was selected the winner of the pitchfest through an audience vote. The companies were selected through open applications and were selected because they “could have the most impact on education, on students, on helping to advance teaching in and out of the classroom,” said Lockett.

ChicagoInno
8/13/2015

The Graide Network was selected the winner of the pitchfest through an audience vote. The companies were selected through open applications and were selected because they “could have the most impact on education, on students, on helping to advance teaching in and out of the classroom,” said Lockett.