April 11, 2019

The VentureFizz Podcast: Ash Kaluarachchi - Co-Founder of StartEd

For the 90th episode of our podcast, I interviewed Ash Kaluarachchi, Co-Founder of StartEd, an EdTech Accelerator + Incubator in New York City.

Some of my favorite episodes of this show are the ones where the guest wears their passion on their sleeve, and Ash’s passion for EdTech is nothing short of infectious. We start the podcast discussing where that passion comes from, and his love for education and technology comes through the entire episode.

StartEd invests in and advises innovative EdTech companies with intensive programs ranging from 1-day to 6-weeks. The accelerator provides everything from mentorship to business development and beyond.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover lots of topics, like:

  • Ash’s background story and the early stages of his career, including how he got involved with Techstars.
  • What led him down the path of launching StartEd and how they work with entrepreneurs, plus all the details on NY EdTech Week.
  • What he’s most proud of in his career.
  • The current state of the EdTech scene in New York.
  • Advice for EdTech founders who are figuring out the process for selling to school districts.
  • What he’s excited about in terms of the future of education and technology.
  • Plus, a lot more.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.