Local Edutech Startup Bootstraps To 1,000 Paying Customers


Frantasy GeopoliticsLocal edutech startup FANSchool aka Fantasy Geopolitics has found a product-market fit that’s paying off.

Founded in 2014 by Charter School Social Studies teacher Eric Nelson, the SaaS product has surpassed 1,000 customers who are using the software in their classroom to engage students with international affairs.

The accomplishment is no easy feat for those who know how cyclical and bureaucratic schools are.

At $99 – $198 per year, depending on the size of the classroom, Nelson has found a fast track to success by appealing directly to the teachers. They are, in turn, telling their peers and influencing stakeholders on behalf of FANSchool.

Fantasy Geopolitics, as the current brand is known, is like fantasy sports — but infinitely more valuable to society.  By combining gamification with world events, he’s found a hook that captures the minds of young learners and gives them a reason to care: competition.

Founder Eric Nelson at Beta.MN 1.5 – 9/14

“We’ve made it this far on bootstraps, but do realize that we could impact more students with more resources,” he acknowledges, “We’re ready to explore all avenues of scale.”

FANSchool is Launching a second vertical with U.S. elections this summer (think March-Madness-style bracket for the Electoral College) with a big sponsor, Nelsons says.

All this traction in mind, Nelson envitions eight digit sales within 3 years by reaching into 10,0000+ schools. With some early success behind and a ambitious future ahead, he’s officially stopped teaching and started entrepreneuring full time.


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  • Daren Cotter

    Congrats Eric! Bootstrapping is HARD — keep up the great work!

  • Kevin Tenpas

    Incredible story. Keep up the great work of making learning fun!