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SIIA Seeks Ed Tech Innovators for 2015 Education Industry Summit Innovation Incubator Program

Finalists will receive industry-wide recognition, mentorship, growth opportunities and the chance to win prizes and awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 12, 2015) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry, issues a call for applicants for 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 3-5, 2015. The deadline to apply is March 9, 2015.

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,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN-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 and for the Faculty Choice Award. Finalists will also present their products live for Education Industry Summit attendees, where 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, visit www.siia.net/eis/PROGRAM/InnovationIncubator.aspx.

About ETIN
The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information on ETIN at SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

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