Attention those working in the education and technology start-up space! AT&T is looking for you to join the new AT&T Skills Building Challenge, created to help address the nation’s growing skills gap.
Companies that work on solutions to prepare students for careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields are encouraged to apply for $125,000 in funding from AT&T as part of their participation in the Aspire Accelerator program.
Applications are open until February 1 and the top eight applicants will receive $125,000 each.
“We must find innovative ways to get students the skills they need to keep up in an economy increasingly driven by technological advances such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality,” said Charlene Lake, SVP-Corporate Social Responsibility and chief sustainability officer at AT&T. “Every company, including AT&T, wants a pipeline of skilled talent coming through the door.
“Our Accelerator program has a proven track record of finding and funding the most innovative organizations in ed-tech,” Lake said. “We’re excited to do the same with ventures focused on preparing students to get and keep good jobs in the 21st century.”
More about the AT&T Skills Building Challenge offered through the Aspire Accelerator:
- Aspire Investment – $100,000 AT&T investment and an additional $25,000 for each company to cover costs of the program. For non-profit companies, the investment will be a general contribution. They receive this in exchange for participating in the Accelerator and meeting certain requirements, including submitting impact measurements.
- Mentorship – Access to an Entrepreneur in Residence and AT&T and external mentors from education and technology.
- Resources – UI/UX design services and opportunities to participate in education conferences such as ISTE and ASU GSV.
- National Platform – Inclusion in broader AT&T Aspire initiative, which is committed to driving innovation in education, skilling and career readiness.
- Flexible Location – Organizations can participate from where they are, without relocating.
Accelerator advisors and mentors include, among others, Charles Best, founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org; Kimberly Bryant, founder, Black Girls CODE; Betsy Corcoran, co-founder and CEO, EdSurge; and Sebastian Thrun, founder and president of Udacity.