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This evening, Philly SEED ((Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education), a crowd-sourced platform to help fund education entrepreneurs, will host a competition for a $5,000 prize pack and pro-bono services, which will go to two of several new or established Philly-based ventures aimed at improving education.
Those competing, announced by Councilman Bill Green on Saturday, include, in two categories:
- ApprenNet – A learning platform for mentoring and collaboration. We covered the venture last July.
- Investing in Ourselves – Community organization growing strength in nutrition, fitness, finance, workforce development and leadership. WHYY covered the organization earlier this month.
- Lessonsmith – Collaborative platform for lesson planning and material development, which is based in the new Venturef0rth accelerator space, as we reported. The organization’s conception story is here.
- PhilaSoup – Education entrepreneurs pitch for modest micro grants at these $5-admission dinner parties. See previous winners here.
- Teacher Action Group Philly – Hoping to educate educators on the value of policy-making. Coverage in the Inquirer, here.
- YES! for Schools – Healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy lifestyles for students in 10 major U.S. cities.
- Education-Plus Inc.’s High School – Nonprofit celebrating three decades of existence, which helps schools determine best-practice needs for improvement.
- Springboard Collaborative – Helping create education programming for students throughout the dead months of summer, where, advocates say, learning is often lost.
- Startup Corps – Installing the value of entrepreneurship by way of launching an actual business. We covered the organization in July 2010.
- the school collective – An online network for education professional development. The founders are helping to organize PhillySEED.
- The Student Leadership Project – Empowering student leaders at Philadelphia charter schools.
- Urban Blazers – Science-focused organization that introduces students to nature through volunteer efforts.
RSVP for the event, which costs $40 (proceeds of which go to the winners) here. Hosted at WHYY in Old City. [Full Disclosure: Technically Philly is a sponsor of the event].
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