Creatively Focused Selected for the 2023 GSV Cup “Elite 200”

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Will Compete as Semifinalist in the World’s Largest Pitch Competition for Pre-K to Gray EdTech Startups

Creatively Focused has been selected to The Elite 200, the distinguished list of semifinalists set to compete in the 2023 GSV Cup.

Creatively Focused has been selected to The Elite 200, the distinguished list of semifinalists set to compete in the 2023 GSV Cup. The GSV Cup, widely recognized as the world’s largest EdTech pitch competition for early-stage digital learning and workforce skills startups, takes place at the ASU+GSV Summit April 17-19, 2023, in San Diego, CA. The cup, powered by GSV Ventures, Google Cloud, HolonIQ, HubSpot for Startups, and ASU RealmSpark, will award $1MM in cash & prizes.

Creatively Focused was selected from a global applicant pool of 900+ startups across 69 countries, representing the largest and most competitive applicant pool for the GSV Cup. More than 200 judges from leading venture capital firms and strategic partners in digital learning and workforce skills, including Accel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Blume Ventures, ECMC Group, NEA, Pear, Owl Ventures, Reach Capital, and more, leveraged a rigorous framework to evaluate each startup and determine the 200 most promising companies.

“At Creatively Focused, we know that student success is dependent on a teacher who feels successful in their career. An educator needs to know their work and time are valued. They need continued confidence in their expertise. Educators need to be connected to people, resources, and learning that will help them to keep their passion for supporting students alive. With axis3 and axis3 connect, we are increasing support of our educators by reducing the mental load that can lead to burnout. From the first year educator to the veteran administrator, we are focused on changing how educators work, grow, and thrive in a career that is sustainable,” said Elizabeth Orme, Founder and CEO of Creatively Focused.

“Our GSV Cup semifinalists epitomize our 2023 theme, Brave New World – you can’t use an old map for a new world. These 200 companies are charting new courses and drawing new maps to achieve the scaled delivery of learning and skills. We all hope to achieve the mission that ALL people deserve equal access to the future through the innovations of these great founders,” said Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Ventures and Co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit.

The Elite 200 companies selected as semifinalists in this year’s competition support learners from Pre-K to Gray and are well-distributed across the categories of Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Workforce Learning. Among this year’s Elite 200 companies:

  • 43% of companies are headquartered outside of the United States
  • 52% of companies have female founder(s)
  • 48% of companies have founder(s) that identify as people of color

The 2023 Elite 200 join an illustrious group of startups with past winners and semifinalists, including, Abwaab, Curious Cardinals, Ethena, Kibo Schools, LingoAce, uDocz, and many more.

See Creatively Focused and all of the companies selected to the GSV Cup Elite 200 at

About Creatively Focused
Creatively Focused is an educator-driven technology company increasing the career success of educators by reducing workload in order to stay in their career for the reason they chose it. Through axis3 and axis3 connect, its people-powered SaaS platform, hands-on services and content-focused supports, Creatively Focused helps educators feel valued with time back in the day, become experts with learning in the moment of need, and connected with a strong, professional community. Whether up-skilling through a course on axis3 or texting with an expert for on-demand support on axis3 connect, teachers are spending more time doing exactly what they signed up to do - help students succeed. Creatively Focused is a Minnesota based company, working with educators on a national scale. It was founded in 2016 by Elizabeth Orme, Ed.S., former School Administrator & Director of Special Education.

About ASU+GSV Summit
The ASU+GSV Summit is the premier global event focused on technology innovation in education and skills. We believe that ALL people deserve equal access to the future. Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Educators, investors, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the world come together to innovate the future of education for all. Hosted in San Diego, over 5,300 people attended in April 2022. Speakers from previous years include President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, John Legend, Common, Marian Wright Edelman, Bill Gates, Sandra Day O'Connor, Reed Hastings, President Vicente Fox, Malcolm Gladwell, Gloria Steinem, Tony Blair, and Howard Schultz.

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