Education Technology Pioneers Announced as Winners of SIIA Innovation Incubator Program

Companies Recognized as Top Innovators at the Education Business Forum

New York, NY, December 14, 2014 --( The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) showcased some of the newest and most innovative products in the education technology market, and recognized the best among them as part of the Innovation Incubator program at the Education Business Forum, the leading business and finance conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology market, held Dec. 9-10 in New York City. A new award was introduced this year, the Faculty Choice Award, with SIIA Education Division Industry Partner eSchool Media.

Award Winners:
· Most Likely to Succeed (tie): Cogent Education, Interactive Case Studies
· Most Likely to Succeed (tie): Listen Current, Listen Current
· Most Innovative: Cogent Education, Interactive Case Studies
· Educators’ Choice: Mobile Education Store: Crack the Books
· Faculty Choice: Cogent Education, Interactive Case Studies

· Most Innovative Runner-Up: Second Avenue Learning, TARGETS
· Educators’ Choice Runner-Up: Listen Current, Listen Current
· Faculty Choice Runner-Up: Twenty One Toys

“This year’s Innovation Incubator participants presented extraordinary education technology products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. “The program winners will be among entrepreneurs to watch as they continue to innovate in the coming years.”

More than 50 applicants were assessed for the Innovation Incubator program on a broad range of criteria. They were judged by both industry leaders and educators in classrooms around the globe. Ten participants and one alternate were selected as finalists for the program, and the winners were judged by the ed tech leaders at the Education Business Forum.

The full list of finalists:
· ApplicantLab, ApplicantLab
· Cogent Education, Interactive Cases
· Continuum Education, Apropos
· Edukey Education, Class Charts
· Gradeable, Gradeable Workflow
· Listen Current, Listen Current
· MathCloud, MathCloud
· Mobile Education Store, Crack The Books
· Second Avenue Learning, TARGETS
· Teachley, Teachley Analytics

· Triumph Learning, Waggle

The SIIA Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, as well as established companies with newly developed technologies.

“We were very excited to implement a new award for this year – called the Faculty Choice,” Billings said. “This is the first award specifically for companies with higher education products or services.”

The SIIA Education Division recognizes Texthelp, MCH, edWeb and eSchool Media for the support with the Innovation Incubator program. Thank you to the education members who reviewed the many applicants, and the mentors who worked with them throughout the cycle.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies.

The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit
Allison Bostrom