Boston, MA -- February 2, 2017. VitalSource and LearnLaunch, a Boston-based organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem, collaborate to bring new ideas and innovation to educational technology, ultimately improving a student's learning experience. VitalSource, an industry leader in the creation and delivery of digital content, will provide support and mentoring to some of ed-tech's most promising start ups.
"We have been informally working with LearnLaunch over the last few years, and we both believe in the power of corporations and start ups working together to solve problems, innovate and discover new ideas," said Pep Carrera, VitalSource's COO. "VitalSource is happy to share our experience and expertise with the start ups of LearnLaunch. Together, the potential impact we can have on the future of education is tremendous."
LearnLaunch sees VitalSource as a company with a history of support for new ideas and one whose leadership in the marketplace can help boost the contributions of edtech start-ups globally.
"Our collaboration with VitalSource gives LearnLaunch another area of increased expertise within the edtech community," said Liam Pisano, Managing Director of LearnLaunch. "Like LearnLaunch, VitalSource has a strong presence and is an avid supporter of edtech innovation in Boston and around the world. We're happy to work with them to drive innovation in our classrooms, schools and universities."
In addition to mentoring of start-ups, VitalSource will be involved in sessions at LearnLaunch's community events and biannual Demo Day.
Rick Johnson, VitalSource's VP of Product Strategy, sees the benefit of these types of collaborations for both an established company like VitalSource and to the start-up community.
"We have the ability to offer insights based on years of experience along with the world's largest educational content catalog and platform," said Johnson. "They bring fresh perspectives. Based on our capacity and their new ideas for the marketplace, these relationships are a win-win."
Since opening an office in Boston in 2010, VitalSource has grown its presence in the city. The company now employs 65 in Boston (out of roughly 250 total employees).
VitalSource Technologies LLC., part of Ingram Content Group, is improving the learning experience by making it easier to create and deliver effective and affordable content. The preferred choice among educational institutions and companies for digital learning materials, VitalSource helps over 1,000 educational content providers create and deliver seamless interactive learning experiences through its exclusive Bookshelf platform to millions of learners at 7,000 institutions. Bookshelf users opened more than 18 million digital textbooks last year and read more than 2.4 billion pages. Follow VitalSource on Twitter at @VitalSource.
LearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. We offer a vibrant community, educational events, a collaborative co-working space, and a selective accelerator program to promote the growth of the edtech sector. LearnLaunch is based in Boston, a world education hub. Learn more about LearnLaunch Accelerator, Campus and Institute at www.learnlaunch.com and follow LearnLaunch on Twitter at @learnlaunch.