JEFFERSON EDUCATION ACCELERATOR WINDS DOWN, REBRANDS TO FOCUS ON EDTECH REVIEWS AND PROCUREMENT

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Jenny Abamu

For the past three years, Bart Epstein has been busy running the Jefferson Education Accelerator, a “research accelerator” based at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. As a part-investment, part-research firm, the accelerator offered a unique proposition to education technology companies that hoped to marry rigorous research practices into the development of their tools.

Yet in an interview with EdSurge, Epstein says he is embarking on a new project—and winding down the accelerator. The main reason, he notes, was that despite his team’s efforts to bring research-backed products to the education market, there was a low demand among educators for such validated tools.

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