Funds up to $150K per team
Funds 8 startups per year
Markets Education Education Technology Higher Education
Invests in Europe North America South America Asia Africa 5 more
The Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator program is designed to help entrepreneurs build relationships with institutional decision-makers in postsecondary education, perform research and testing for product-market-fit, and attract follow-on funding through our network of investors and corporate partners. We believe in user-centered design and adapt our programming to the needs of accepted startups.

We are looking to invest in companies working on programs, products, and/or services that improve equity, access, and efficacy in postsecondary education (higher education, workforce development, and/or lifelong learning).
Our program lasts for 4 months and is a combination of in-person events in San Francisco, CA and virtual workshops. The accelerator kicks off in person in February and ends with an in-person Demo Day in May. Select startups will receive a $25K-$150K equity investment via a SAFE note (an agreement popularized by Y Combinator) with up to an additional $150K investment in...
The Michelson Runway EdTech Accelerator program is designed to help entrepreneurs build relationships with institutional decision-makers in postsecondary education, perform research and testing for product-market-fit, and attract follow-on funding through our network of investors and corporate partners. We believe in user-centered design and adapt our programming to the needs of accepted startups.

We are looking to invest in companies working on programs, products, and/or services that improve equity, access, and efficacy in postsecondary education (higher education, workforce development, and/or lifelong learning).
Our program lasts for 4 months and is a combination of in-person events in San Francisco, CA and virtual workshops. The accelerator kicks off in person in February and ends with an in-person Demo Day in May. Select startups will receive a $25K-$150K equity investment via a SAFE note (an agreement popularized by Y Combinator) with up to an additional $150K investment in follow-on funding.

Other benefits include:
- Over $400,000 in partnership benefits and perks from services like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, FounderSuite, Zipcar, and more;
- Free legal advisory and support from the program’s exclusive legal partner;
- Up to four months of desk space for team members at Runway’s co-working space in downtown San Francisco;
- Product feedback and guidance from best-in-class entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, and other experts;
- Advice on best practices in user testing, customer acquisition, and product delivery for the postsecondary education landscape;
- Access to a virtual entrepreneur community and our web-based presentations on topics like intellectual property, monetization, fundraising, and more.

Best of all, cohort companies will join our invigorating community of 200
startups, with hundreds of entrepreneurs working on their vision of tomorrow.

Our criteria for selecting startups is a double bottom line that takes into account both economic and social returns, including the ability of the company:
-To be accessible and usable by a wide range of students–especially underserved student populations
-To empower students and lifelong learners
-To support strategic workforce development goals
-To grow and scale, to poten
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Staff

Jade Le
Admin
Jade Le Team Member socially driven entrepreneur; life learner; grateful daughter; refugee survivor
Joseph Vasquez
Admin
Joseph Vasquez Team Member Currently at Runway. Stanford alum, early co-founder Startx , IBD intern Goldman Sachs, Teach For America corps member, and iOS engineer.
Mayra Lombera
Admin
Mayra Lombera Team Member
Phil Kim
Admin
Phil Kim Team Member