EdTech

PITCH CONTEST & INNOVATION BOOTCAMP

Do you have an innovative idea to improve teaching or learning?

Curious about the innovation journey from idea to impact?

Enter the 2022 EdTech Pitch Contest and join us for the free EdTech Innovation Bootcamp! Educators who submit a pitch and participate in the bootcamp will earn 25 SCECHs.

Michigan Virtual, Burgess Institute, and Spartan Innovations have teamed up to encourage innovative thinking in Michigan’s education ecosystem.

The top pitches will receive both startup capital and technical support from Michigan Virtual, the Burgess Institute, MSU Foundation, and other partners committed to advancing teaching and learning. Everyone will participate in the innovation bootcamp to further advance their ideas and explore strategies for bringing more innovation into schools and classrooms.

Innovative ideas often come from challenges or problems that need solving, such as:

EdTech

PITCH CONTEST

The EdTech Pitch Contest encourages innovative thinking from those in Michigan’s education ecosystem. Successful pitches will identify ideas that have the most potential to advance learning or teaching through the application of existing or new technology.

Before you submit, don’t forget…

It is free to submit your pitch!

Judges will review final pitches, and the winners will be announced on May 25, 2022. The final EdTech Pitch Contest event will occur on June 22, 2022.

Prizes

1st place

$10,000

+ branding and design logo package + startup legal consultation

2nd place

$6,000

+ logo design package + startup legal consultation

3rd place

$4,000

+ logo design package + startup legal consultation

Branding and logo design packages will be provided by Michigan Creative. Startup legal consultations will be provided by Foster Swift.

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BOOTCAMP

Your EdTech Pitch Contest submission includes free admission into our EdTech Bootcamp during the summer of 2022.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet fellow Michigan entrepreneurs and learn from experts on how to develop their pitch into a formal concept.

Some EdTech Innovation Bootcamp topics might include:

Eligibility requirements

The pitch contest will be open to any adult (18+) resident of Michigan with clear ties to state’s education ecosystem. These may include but are not limited to: 

  • Teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, counselors, all PreK12 school personnel
  • Parents of school-aged children (PreK12)
  • Students of any major attending a college or university in Michigan,
  • Staff from teacher prep programs at colleges and universities in Michigan
  • Staff from organizations that serve or support Michigan’s PreK12 education ecosystem

Teams are eligible so long as one member is a resident of Michigan with a clear tie to Michigan’s education ecosystem. No one may submit as part of multiple teams, and no one may submit more than one idea. 

Ideas and concepts pitched must be pre-startup, start-up, or early stage of development. Entities must be unformed or less than two years old. Entities must have less than $20,000 in prior outside investment. 

Employees of Michigan Virtual, the Burgess Institute, and Spartan Innovations are not eligible.

The event organizing committee has the sole discretion to determine which teams are invited to pitch. The committee may also disqualify and/or remove any individual or teams for any reason that it deems necessary before and/or during the pitch competition for violation of these rules.

Review the official guidelines and rules for all eligibility criteria and event details.

Ready to innovate?

Judges will review final pitches, and the winners will be announced on May 25, 2022. The final EdTech Pitch Contest event will occur on June 22, 2022.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.