Startup Weekend Announces Global Education Partnership with Pearson

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Collaboration will aid and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the education industry

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Startup WeekendTM today announced a one-year global partnership with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. The partnership will strengthen Startup Weekend Education, a global initiative that aims to transform teaching and learning through entrepreneurship.

Pearson’s expertise in education will be made available to entrepreneurs who want to create innovative tools and services to improve education globally. Pearson is a keen supporter of young entrepreneurs, and this partnership will deepen the company’s involvement with the startup scene.

Startup Weekend Education events build on the successful model established by the original Startup Weekend initiative by focusing on increasing the entrepreneurial spirit within the education industry via regular meet-ups and a support network. Intended to promote innovation and encourage the next generation of education-related startups, Startup Weekend Education events add teachers, professors and other education experts to the carefully balanced mix of designers, developers and marketing participants.

Khalid Smith, Education Leader of Startup Weekend, says: “Adding Pearson to our amazing roster of sponsors for Startup Weekend Education, which includes Grockit, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google, makes for a very robust program. With these partners, Startup Weekend Education has an opportunity to create communities of support for early stage education entrepreneurs unlike any other institution in the world. Our global partners are truly best-in-class in their respective fields and we can’t think of a better way to support our mix of innovative entrepreneurs and educators than giving them access to the very best mentors and resources that the education and technology sectors have to offer.”

Tom Hall, Head of Partnerships at Pearson’s Future Technologies and Partnerships division, says: “We’re passionate about promoting innovation in education and believe that supporting education entrepreneurship globally and in local communities is a key way to achieve that goal.”

Patrick Supanc, CEO of Alleyoop, an internal Pearson startup focusing on college and career readiness, adds: “If we are going to transform educational opportunities globally, we have to find better ways to innovate locally, a mission that Startup Weekend fosters extremely well.”

Startup Weekend Education events kicked off in September 2011 with events in Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and London. Plans for 2012 include events in New York City, Boston, Palo Alto, Atlanta and Dallas; additional focused international efforts include Latin American (Sao Paulo), Western Europe (UK) and India (Mumbai). Plans are still being developed for late summer/fall 2012.

Education innovators interested in hosting or organizing local events are encouraged to contact Startup Weekend at

For more information about the partnership, contact Khalid Smith at khalid(at)startupweekend(dot)org, Susan Aspey at Pearson Susan.Aspey(at)Pearson(dot)com, or visit

About Startup Weekend
Startup WeekendTM supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 37,000 alumni, 300 volunteer organizers and 70 trained facilitators spread across more than 200 cities in 100 countries. For more information, visit @StartupWeekend

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).


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