With new approach, KC accelerator aims to better position ed tech startups

With applications now open for the Lean Lab’s fourth cohort, the Kansas City startup incubator is hopeful that a pivot in its approach will lead to more savvy education companies.

Offering office space, mentorship, direct access to area school systems and up to $35,000 in support, the Lean Lab will soon select five education tech startups from around the world to enter its 2017 cohort.

Lean Lab co-founder Katie Boody said that the 2017 program is poised to have a significant impact, noting that “this year’s program will be by far the most structured it has ever been.”

Founded in 2013, the Lean Lab went international in 2016 — attracting applications from 28 cities, 17 states and three countries and engaging over 900 individuals in conversation.

Unlike the program’s immersive, 18-day stretch that cohorts previously participated in, the 2017 Lean Lab program will split the program into three modules. Boody said the new approach will open entrepreneurs up to more opportunities.

Read more: Startland News


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