Startl received seed funding from the Hewlett, MacArthur, and Gates foundations. Beginning with its three core partners — DreamIt Ventures, IDEO and Education Growth Advisors — Startl’s position in the learning technologies market is connective: to form a “network of networks” that responds quickly to the most promising technological, pedagogical, and market opportunities. This model makes business sense, since starting a big new enterprise in the current climate seems impractical, as well as common sense: it unites the leading minds, institutions, and corporations in the learning arena in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Our mission is to make learning as engaging and effective as possible through the strategic use of digital media – from kindergarten to college, in and outside the classroom. We do this by recruiting promising young innovators and turning their powerful ideas for learning into successful products for market.

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