25 EdTech Startups Worth Knowing

The education technology industry is seeing a massive influx of investment, interest, and resources. From tools to help you track grades to apps that help you find your next school, there’s a litany of resources being created on a daily basis.

About The List

I know the endless stream of stuff on Edudemic can be a bit overwhelming (the homepage alone is hard to track, I know) so I thought you might benefit from having a quick list of the education technology startups we’re watching, learning about, and chatting with.

Below is by no means an exhaustive list and it’s in absolutely no particular order. Each startup is doing something cool (we think, at least) and is worth knowing about.

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The Chalkable app store lists the best education apps from across the web. You can browse apps by category, such as History, Math, Science, and more.


Understoodit is a web-application that helps teachers measure classroom confusion.


Noodle recommends and connects you with the right schools, providers, experts, and tools to make your path to learning simple and fun.

Education Elements

Interested in blended learning solutions? Education Elements helps schools design and implement the right blended learning solutions for teachers & students.


A simple way to find and enroll in classes being held near you. Available in NYC and LA coming soon.


Using MyEdu helps every student tell his or her unique story in an interactive and fun web layout.


Obeekaybee.com is a Qualified Online Teacher Database and Resource Center.


Find, build and share resources with teachers across the hall or across the world — aligned with.


The social network for education. Simple, elegant course management meets social networking. All for free.


Learnist makes it easy to share what you know and learn new things.


Store, organize, and share your education and research for free.


Straigherline provides students with online courses and the ability to earn college credits.


The Metryx Mobile Tracker is an exciting new application that gives educators an easier way to conduct formative assessments and monitor student progress on the fly!


Educating and helping students and professors write better business plans, feasibility plans, and marketing plans collaboratively in the classroom.


A must-know resource for all teachers and students. Coursera is one of the big names in Massive Open Online Courses right now.


Udacity is a digital university on a mission to democratize education. Our team of instructors, engineers and designers seek to innovate, educate and collaboratively create free classes for students everywhere.


Get immediate homework help or set up afforable online tutoring with a tutor from a top college.


Improve Student Outcomes and Instructor Effectiveness with the only Adaptive Learning Management System that can be configured to meet your specific academic and technology needs.


Knewton is a technology company that uses data to continuously personalize online learning content for individual students. Knewton analyzes data about the performance of each student and similar students on the platform, as well as the relevance of the educational content, in order to serve up the best activity for each student at a particular moment in time.


rSmart takes a different approach to higher ed technology. We make open source, community developed software easy to deploy, fully supported, and enterprise ready to lower costs, improve efficiencies, and reduce risk.


Udemy helps students make moves. Whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, further a passion, or just accelerate your life, Udemy helps you learn from the amazing instructors in the world, so that you can get there and get there faster.


SlideKlowd creates interaction and engagement wherever there is an audience.


EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web.


Celly believes small messages change the world so we built a place where 140 characters  builds movements inspires learning levels playing fields & promotes free speech

General Assembly

General Assembly is a global network of campuses for technology, business, and design


  1. Elaine Sigal

    October 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    STIZZiL is an online educational resource offering individual and group lessons tailored to any student’s needs at his/her convenience and safety, taught by experienced U.S. licensed teachers through state-of-the-art interactive web tools, such as live web video. STIZZiL will match the best teacher to the right student based on an in-depth survey filled out by the student. Teachers undergo a rigorous background inquiry with only the best chosen to join the STIZZiL staff. All sessions are recorded and archived for student review and quality assurance

  2. Jon Ellis

    October 17, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Another one for the list is Tutorhub, an online tutoring platform and market place web application. What makes it different is that it has its own online and real-time tutoring technology – others tend to use generic meeting based tech. It also includes a collaborative homework question and answer board, where students can work with each other to resolve problems online and in real-time.

  3. Paul Smith

    October 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm


    The first-ever universal API that connects all these awesome solutions to a school or district’s student information system (SIS).


  4. Emily Dong

    October 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    LearnSprout represents the latest thinking and best practices behind the development of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and has built the first-ever, universal API for K-12 education. We are working with some of the largest edtech vendors to reduce integration friction with schools. By tapping into live student engagement and performance data, we are uniquely positioned to act as the conduit for real-time, secure data integration between your SIS and all other edtech solutions.

  5. Paul Smith

    October 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    We’d be remiss to not also mention Edcanvas, Class Dojo and Naiku:




  6. Jonathan

    October 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Language Cloud (based in Tokyo, Japan) is a free learning management system (LMS) designed specifically for foreign language education. In short, it helps provide instructors with an easy to use online infrastructure for managing their classes, engaging and assessing students with supplemental lessons, and promoting an active interest in foreign language study through social interaction.

  7. Non-Profit EdTech Startup

    October 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

    The Singing Torah is an integrated bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah learning system enabling Jewish cantors and bar mitzvah tutors to more effectively and efficiently teach the next generation. Students learn more effectively by seeing Hebrew Bible verses while hearing the familiar voice of the child’s synagogue’s cantor.

  8. Irie

    October 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Educator.com is a pioneering venture to help equalize education by assembling the best teachers in the country and making their lectures available to everyone. We cover high school and university level topics in mathematics, science, English, and computer programming.

  9. Jessica

    October 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Boundless is making the world’s open educational content more useful for students by connecting them with the wealth of high quality, openly licensed, and free educational content. Boundless has free online textbooks and study tools to make education more affordable and accessible for students.

  10. Julia

    October 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to education materials for K-12 students and teachers all over the world. We offer FREE high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects. By providing these free resources, CK-12 is working toward educational equity for all. To learn more, please visit our site or contact: julia@ck12.org. Thanks!

  11. Marjan Ghara

    November 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

    BiblioNasium, Where Kids Flex Their Reading Muscles is a powerful platform that promotes literacy and helps children become better readers through a combination of social support, incentives, the right fit books and instilling the discipline to read regularly.

    We are “GoodReads” for kids with features designed for this age group. We connect kids to friends, teachers/librarians AND parents, to share & exchange book recommendations. Integration with Lexile® allows users to personalize book selections based on reading levels. Teachers /librarians setup group or personalized reading lists and use easy online reports for monitoring and tracking progress. Digital reading logs, virtual rewards and social connections for kids, and reports and tools for the teachers and parents, make BiblioNasium a powerful platform for promoting reading.

  12. Tim Walsh

    November 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    USEED, Inc. is a social enterprise that is operating in the higher-ed market. Our mission is to empower the next generation of student leaders and innovators. Our flagship product is a fundraising platform that is catered to the higher-ed space, specifically addressing the needs of the students and the institutional offices involved. We are currently looking for other ed-tech startup partners as well as higher-ed institutions to work with as we continue to evolve our product, culture, and business.

  13. Wayne

    November 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

    zondle.com is a games-based learning cloud-based web and mobile platform that enables teachers, parents and students to create, play and share games to support teaching and learning. Unlike other games-based learning, zondle enables the user to choose or create sets of questions, covering any subject at any level, for any age group and in any language. Students then play and practise those questions in casual games of their choosing thereby maximising both engagement and learning. Learning becomes fun, effective and measurable.