The 2nd annual EduTech Showcase and Forum comes back in October

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Edutech 2012 Conference MinnesotaThe second annual conference for entrepreneurs, educators and investors concerned with the application of technology for improved learning outcomes is back this fall.

Built off the success of last years inaugural conference, the Edutech 2012 Showcase and Forum will be an all day affair on Monday, October 8th, at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.

Jointly organized by TiE Minnesota and the University’s College of Education and Human Development, the mission is to “Foster the awareness, growth, and continuing success of early-stage EduTech companies, expanding the connection between EduTech market participants, and strengthening our leadership in education innovation across the globe.”

U of M President Eric Kaler will offer opening remarks, followed by a morning keynote from Charles Miller, while Invisible Learning author John Moravec delivers the luncheon keynote. One primary differentiator this year will include a stronger emphasis on the “research strength” of academia, while plenty of commingling amongst entrepreneurs, investors, teachers and administrators can be expected.

Up to ten early stage companies – or those established with new product lines – will be on showcase this year, as the application window is open now through Labor day.

It’s no secret that we have both an established and burgeoning EduTech cluster here as Cherry Tree’s Managing Director Chad Johnson has estimated that Minnesota alone is home to a $1b+ market. Considering the sector growth, event content, and overall intentions, this is the industry event of the year.

Early bird tickets start at $75 and sponsorship is currently available.

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