uBoost Presenting at Education Innovation Summit

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uBoost will showcase how their automated student recognition programs drive attendance, performance and student retention at the nation’s largest education innovation investor event.

uBoost, the nation’s largest student recognition and rewards program provider, has been selected to present at the Education Innovation Summit hosted by Arizona State University and NeXt Advisors, which provides merger and advisory and private placement services for companies in the education sector. The Summit will take place April 5 – 7, 2011, at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

“We look forward to presenting our award-winning student retention program at the Education Innovation Summit," said John Bower, CEO of uBoost. "Attendees will see how our program increases retention and creates ROI for top education companies like Kaplan and Scientific Learning. In addition, we will also share exciting new social features for Fall release that will dramatically enhance our clients’ current student retention and course completion initiatives."

Eleven of the 55 companies that presented at the 2010 Education Innovation Summit have since gone on to receive a cumulative $110 million in significant investments, representing nearly half of the total investment in education innovation companies during that time span. Five companies were acquired or merged and 10 announced major partnerships.

Up to 450 invitation-only attendees are expected, including representatives from more than 85 of the world’s most innovative education companies and more than 50 investors.

Confirmed speakers for the 2011 Summit include: Joel Klein of NewsCorp, Chris Whittle of Avenues: The World School, Stacey Childress from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Susan Patrick of iNACOL, Julie Young of Florida Virtual School, Richard Barth of KIPP, Craig Barrett of Intel, Bob Grady State of New Jersey Investment Fund, Steve Arnold of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and Joel Rose of School of One.

Credentialed media looking to attend the Summit may contact Derek Sarley at derek(dot)sarley(at)asu(dot)edu.

About uBoost
uBoost increases course completion and student retention by dramatically increasing the behaviors that correlate with persistence. uBoost’s automated and integrated solution creates positive feedback loops with peers, family and friends and delivers the recognition for incremental achievement through client websites, email, Facebook, and client-side widgets.

Working with all age groups, curricula and achievement levels, uBoost partners with publishers, school districts, online schools, tutoring companies, learning management systems, student information systems and private education companies to design and implement customized recognition and rewards programs that foster student motivation, improve classroom behavior, and encourage parent engagement. Most recently we have teamed with NSTA, NEA Member Benefits, Kaplan, Scientific Learning, FLVS (pilot), K12 Inc and Connections Academy to enhance their efforts around course completion and student retention.

uBoost appreciates that students are unique – that they learn differently and that intrinsic motivation varies across subject areas. uBoost’s platform encourages students to put forth their maximum effort by recognizing their individual academic achievements in the form of performance-based badges, coveted spots on achiever leader boards, daily email alerts, and award points redeemable for rewards including forty charitable giving opportunities and access to games only available on uBoost. Clients may also offer merchandise and gift cards in their customized rewards catalog ranging in value from $.01 to $200.00.

New recognition tools, rewards, and contests are added regularly to keep up with students' changing interests and to ensure relevancy throughout the school year.

For more information about uBoost, call 808-377-4810 or visit:

About the Education Innovation Network
The Education Innovation Network launched at Arizona State University last spring to connect needs – such as funding, research or product development – with expertise to more quickly bring new learning solutions to scale. The Network links companies working to improve education, ASU’s intellectual assets, educational K-20 systems in Greater Phoenix, and investors of all types – philanthropic, angel, venture capital and large-scale acquirers.


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