TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Pearson, the world's leading learning
company, today announced a strategic partnership with MaRS Discovery
District, a leading innovation centre located in Toronto, as part of
its commitment to accelerating digital innovation in the global
Through this partnership, Pearson will work actively with education
technology startups supported at MaRS, help facilitate training and
education for digital innovators, and provide opportunities for
entrepreneurs to collaborate with its global team. In the process,
startups will gain insights into research, data and technical
integration, and how to design products and services that have a
positive impact on people's lives through learning.
"At Pearson, we believe that technology innovation has the power to
enable and scale transformation at all levels of the system. We are
seeing shifts in curriculum design, instructional effectiveness,
assessment, instructional resources and services and start-up thinking
is helping to fuel those changes," said Dan Lee, Chief Executive
Officer of Pearson Canada. "I am very excited to partner with MaRS to
expand the potential of start-ups who are focused on developing new and
measureable approaches to teaching and learning."
MaRS brings startups, investors, professional service firms, community
organizations and policymakers together in a thriving urban facility.
This collaborative, interdisciplinary and cross-industry approach is
the cornerstone of the MaRS model. MaRS has cultivated one of the
largest global edtech clusters, currently working with more than 175
innovative ventures across the education industry's key components of
pedagogy, curriculum, content, business models (classroom, online,
video, hybrid) and technology.
"Having the Pearson team involved in our community will enable us to
accelerate the adoption of innovation within our education systems,"
said Krista Jones, MaRS' Edtech Cluster Lead. "We're thrilled to
partner with them as a tremendous resource for our startups."
Pearson is the world's leading learning company, providing educational
materials and services, and business information through the Financial
Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe,
employing 48,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more
information, visit http://www.pearsoncanada.ca and watch our video here. Follow @PearsonLabs to get the most
up-to-date-news about Pearson Catalyst.
MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) is a mission-driven innovation centre
located in Toronto. MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate
and amplify innovation. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building Canada's
next generation of growth companies. In the last three years, MaRS
startup clients have raised over $750 million in capital, earned over
$375 million in revenue and hired well over 3,500 workers into
knowledge economy jobs.
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