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Stories from EdTech Founders

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Vikas Mehrotra
Virtue Analytics, Founder & CEO

A trusted adviser to presidents, executives, and served a distinctive portfolio of clients. Vikas is on a mission with a singular objective to help students, colleges, and universities utilize executable enrollment management practices, driven by advanced data analytics, allowing improved operational efficiencies and increased student success. Vikas has several years of experience in analytics, management, and technology consulting across multiple industries. In his current role, he is responsible for business growth and client satisfaction.

Elizabeth Orme
Creatively Focused, Founder and CEO

Elizabeth founded Creatively Focused and built a talented team of educators whose work will increase the national retention rate of special education teachers. Creatively Focused was named one of the 20 Startups to Watch in 2020 by Minne Inno and completed the year driving $2MM in revenue. In August 2021, they launched axis3, a web-based platform connecting the brainwork and heartwork of the special educator. Creatively Focused is a leader of innovation and technology in education.

With a background in urban settings with low-income populations, Elizabeth has worked extensively in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, co-teaching implementation and development, and transition-based planning. Before founding Creatively Focused, Elizabeth taught in the Chicago Public School system and conducted research for the University of Chicago Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center. She then worked as a teacher, school administrator, and Special Education Director for Twin Cities Academy, a charter school on the east side of Saint Paul. Elizabeth had a vision to create an organization that could support school systems in a creative way instead of following the status quo. 

Eric Nelson
Fanschool, Founder

Eric is a former high school Social Studies Teacher turned Founder of Fanschool

Sabina Saksena
Cytilife, Founder/CEO

Each founder will have a few minutes to showcase their education startup and tell us about their personal background and entrepreneurial journey. Then, we'll talk about adjustments and pivots we've been making in light of COVID-19.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.