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Press Release: Education Technology Innovators Sought For Innovation Incubator at 2014 SIIA Education Industry Summit

Washington D.C. (Feb. 3, 2014) – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has issued a call for applicants to its Innovation Incubator Program. Developers of promising new technologies in the K-12 and postsecondary space will be invited to participate in SIIA’s Innovation Incubator program at the annual SIIA Education Industry Summit in San Francisco, May 12-14, 2014. The deadline to apply is March 7, 2014.

SIIA’s Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2007 and has provided support and mentorship for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies.

The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, and long-standing companies with newly developed technologies. Applicants will be assessed for the Innovation Incubator program on a broad range of criteria, including the education focus, end-user impact, market need for the innovation, representation of K-12/postsecondary market levels, and the level of originality and innovation.

“SIIA’s Innovation Incubator program is unique because it employs a peer review process to identify the most innovative and most likely to succeed products in the educational technology industry,” says Karen Billings, VP for the Education Division at SIIA. “Those same peers also provide one-on-one mentorship to support the growth and success of the innovators. It’s a great way for the industry to give back and help promote the next generation of creative solutions.”

All education technology companies are encouraged to apply – from start-ups to established innovators. A panel of SIIA member judges, consisting of prominent education technology industry professionals, will review and score each innovation, and collective scores will determine finalists and an alternate. Finalists will be asked to give webinar presentations to educators and administrators nationwide for the Educators’ Choice Award. Finalists will also present their products live for Education Business Forum attendees. One winner will be honored with the Educators’ Choice Award based on educator scores. An additional winner and one runner-up will be chosen for the “Most Innovative” and “Most Likely to Succeed” categories based on the scores submitted by Forum attendees.

For more information about the Innovation Incubator Program, go to http://siia.net/eis/2014/incubator.asp.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

Media Contacts
• Laura Greenback, SIIA Communications, 202-789-4461, lgreenback@siia.net
• Saul Hafenbredl, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x25, saul@cblohm.com

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