It’s no secret that the educational system in France is overdue for an overhaul, which explains why so many young entrepreneurs are looking to change the way we learn; one of those EduTech startups in France is UniShared, and they have been accepted into the SIlicon Valley’s most prestigious education-oriented tech accelerator, Imagine K12
Unishared started with a simple concept: why is everyone in class copying the same notes? By creating a collaborative note-taking platform, Unishared allows students to work together to get the best notes. Unishared co-founder Clément Delangue was previously offered a job at Google, and when he turned it down to pursue Unishared, he was invited to Google I/O. The service is currently being used by 3,000 students at 500 different universities, including ESCP Europe, where Clement received a Masters in management in 2011, as well as in Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, HEC and more.. He has previously worked in several French startups, including Moodstocks & MakeSense, and also worked at eBay for some time doing business development.
The accelerator has already taken 19 companies through their program, 13 of which raised a combined total of over $10 Million. The program runs for 3 1/2 months, and brings ten companies to Palo Alto, California. K12 Imagine invests between $14-$20K into the company in exchange for ~6%. The program provides office space, weekly office hours with Tim Brady, first employee at Yahoo, Alan Louie, former director at Google.org and Geoff Ralston, partner at Y Combinator, former CEO of Lala Media (purchased by Apple). Their demo day, called Educator Day, brings educators together to meet the teams who give a short presentation and demo of their product.