Start-Up Alley


We’re pleased to announce the selection of our 2015 Start-Up Alley companies. These emerging ed-tech companies are creating new models and leveraging technology in innovative ways to address key issues in higher education including access, student success, retention, and cost.

Make sure to meet these 24 emerging companies in the Start-Up Alley space on the exhibit floor Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29. Interact with new technologies, share your product and service feedback, and identify potential solutions that meet the needs of your institution.

2015 Start-Up Alley Participants

All participating companies are under five years old, have less than $1M in revenue and employ under 50 employees.

4QTRS Holdings


Campus Bubble


Career Pillar




GamePlan Learning

GetSet Learning

Junction Education





Pear Deck









Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition

Ten of these Start-Up Alley companies have been selected to compete in the Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition during the Annual Conference. Each will deliver a 7-minute pitch presentation focused on their innovative solutions and business models in front of a panel of judges comprised of business thought leaders and entrepreneurs. Don’t miss this dynamic emerging ed-tech pitch competition!

Start-Up Alley Sponsors

This year’s Start-Up Alley will be co-sponsored by Copley Retention Systems and USA Funds. We are pleased to announce Copley Retention Systems was a 2014 Start-Up Alley participant and will bring great experience, insight, stories, and energy to our Start-Up Alley participants this year. USA Funds will be joining Start-Up Alley with an eye toward future investments in ed-tech as they partner with Sterling Partners to invest $200 million towards the Education Opportunity Fund. This programming is brought to you by the generous support of our sponsors.

Make sure to engage with our sponsors during the preconference emerging company mixer, the Start-Up Alley area in the Exhibit Hall, and our Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition. Both sponsors will participate on our judging panel for the Under the Ed Radar competition.

Contact Information

For more information about Start-Up Alley and Under the Ed Radar pitch competition, contact the Corporate Relations team.




Key Dates

  • EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Exhibit Hall:
    October 28-29
  • Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition:
    October 28
  • Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition Winner Announcement:
    October 29


Start-Up Alley
Co-Sponsored by:

Copley Retention Services

USA Funds