AT&T Aspire Accelerator

Are you on a mission to use technology to enhance learning and help every student achieve a bright, successful future?

Technology is changing the world – it is changing how we communicate, how we work, and how we play. It is also fundamentally changing how we learn.

Mobile technology, applications, and services are empowering students to achieve, removing barriers to graduation, enabling teachers, and preparing today’s learners for the jobs of tomorrow.

The Aspire Accelerator works with organizations that use technology to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, or prepare learners for employment.

The Aspire Accelerator will connect you with the resources, services, expertise, and relationships you need to drive exponential change in how we learn.

Accelerator Benefits


Aspire Investment

$100,000 AT&T Aspire investment and an additional $25,000 to cover costs associated with the program.


Customized Program

Access to expertise, services and relationships tailored to your organization throughout the six month program.



Connect with AT&T and external mentors from the education and technology ecosystems.


National platform

Be a part of the broader AT&T Aspire initiative, which is committed to driving innovation in education on a national scale.


Flexible Location

Stay where you are based. Unlike other accelerators, you do not have to move to participate in the Aspire Accelerator.



Receive access to a dedicated Entrepreneur in Residence, UI/UX design services, and opportunities to participate in Education conferences like ISTE and ASU GSV.


  • January 10

    Applications Open

  • February 7

    Application period is now closed

  • April

    All Applicants are Notified

  • May


  • November

    Demo Day

Applications are now closed for 2017.

Application period closes

Application must have been submitted by 3pm EST (12pm PST) on February 7, 2017.

All applicants are notified

All applicants will be notified of their application status in April.


Work with the Aspire Accelerator team to lay out your goals for the program and how we can help you achieve these objectives.

Demo Day

Pitch your product or service to investors, AT&T executives and education stakeholders.



"The fact that it's six months long, the fact that there are relationships built, and the fact that they have an alumni community that continues to help support us and help us support each other is all important to me."

- Melissa Risteff, CEO, Couragion

Boulder, CO

provides monthly subscription to coding projects that teach grade-schoolers to program apps.
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Athens, GA

this interactive case study software has students acting like scientists, learning science concepts and honing problem solving skills.
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Washington, DC

a free digital platform that helps teachers find and plan engaging lessons and track student progress in reading.
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Denver, CO

an engaging app that exposes students to STEM careers using videos, games and self-reflection quizzes.
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San Francisco, CA

a nonprofit software service and mobile iOS and Android app that guides and motivates community college students by using customized nudges to take actions and engage in behaviors proven to help them graduate faster.
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Chicago, IL

an online platform connecting teachers with on-demand teaching assistants to grade and provide thorough feedback on student work.
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Raleigh, NC

an education innovation firm providing a research-backed, online platform & services for educators and their organizations to know and manage the technologies that are best for their classrooms.
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Oakland, CA

a financial wellness innovation lab empowers the next generation of Americans with financial capability skills.
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Washington, DC

a platform (web & iOS) that lets teachers create and share interactive video lessons.
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Brooklyn, NY

a nonprofit literacy tool that builds students’ grammar skills through personalized writing and proofreading activities.
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San Francisco, CA

a multilingual texting platform that connects teachers, families and students via mobile technology.
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Board of Advisors

The Aspire Accelerator’s primary objective is to foster the Education Technology ecosystem and support innovative new products and services in education. The Aspire Accelerator’s Board of Advisors supports the program and shares our mission for social impact.

Charles Best Founder and CEO of

Charles Best is the CEO and Founder of, a nonprofit organization which provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. For more information on Charles click here.

Kimberly Bryant
Founder of Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing underrepresented girls to the field of technology and computer science. For more information on Kimberly click here.

Elizabeth Corcoran Co-Founder and CEO of EdSurge

Elizabeth “Betsy” Corcoran is co-founder and CEO of EdSurge, an award-winning news and information source on education technology. EdSurge delivers weekly newsletters for educators and entrepreneurs, as well as the industry's most comprehensive index of edtech products, and runs conferences around the country where educators and entrepreneurs meet on common ground. For more information on Betsy click here.

Ben Jealous
Partner at Kapor Center for Social Impact

Benjamin Todd Jealous is the former president and CEO of the NAACP. He stepped down from his post at the end of 2013. Ben has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. For more information on Ben click here.

Nancy Lue
Partner, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

Nancy Poon Lue is a Partner and a member of the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), a venture philanthropy organization supporting innovative social ventures and investing in high-impact startups. Previously Nancy served as Executive Director of the venture capital firm Global Silicon Valley (GSV) and Senior Advisor and Acting Chief Performance Improvement Officer of the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on Nancy click here.

Daniel Lurie
Co-Founder and CEO of Tipping Point

Before founding Tipping Point in 2005, Daniel Lurie worked for the Bill Bradley Presidential Campaign, Accenture Consulting and the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. September 11th 2001 fell within Daniel’s first week of work at Robin Hood and he was humbled to witness Robin Hood’s relief efforts to lift up the city. For more information on Daniel click here.

Ramona Pierson Co-Founder and CEO of Declara

At the age of 22, Ramona Pierson was hit by a drunk driver while running and spent 18 months in a coma and 11 years blind. She relearned everything from breathing and seeing to walking and smiling. From this experience arose the drive to build companies where personalized learning and relearning were the center of all products. For more information on Ramona click here.

Sebastian Thrun Founder and President of Udacity

Sebastian Thrun has set his sights on democratizing higher education. Founder and President of Udacity, Sebastian is also a Research Professor at Stanford University and a Google Fellow, as well as the inventor of the autonomous car and project lead on Google Glass. For more information on Sebastian click here.


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