National K-12 Ed Tech Idea Challenge Grant Program

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Youngstown Business Incubato (YBI), Turning Technologies and Turning Foundation, would like to announce their partnership with the launch of the Ed Tech Idea Challenge Grant Program.

Educational technology has grown incredibly over the past decade, focused on supporting teaching and learning, and meeting the needs of a digital generation.  With the acceleration of that growth, there is a growing demand for solutions that use technology in creative ways to impact instruction and improve academic outcomes. The Ed Tech Idea Challenge grant program is designed to help meet this growing demand focused on the answers to two questions:

  1. Where is the next great educational technology idea going to come from?
  2. How can this idea become a marketable reality?

This effort is designed to seed and cultivate innovative ideas among aspiring entrepreneurs with a passion for education. This is an opportunity for edu-innovators to design and launch truly innovative solutions with a particular emphasis on the power of educational technology as a support to improving student outcomes.

This competitive annual grant program is being supported through a partnership of the Turning Foundation, a not-for-profit affiliate of Turning Technologies, LLC., and the Youngstown Business Incubator, a technology-focused entrepreneurial support network located in Youngstown, Ohio.

Ed Tech Idea Challenge is looking for truly great ideas that support improved learning outcomes by engaging and empowering students and teachers with integrated technology solutions that create new approaches to teaching and learning.  Awards will be made to the best ideas presented during an application process. A cash award of up to $20,000 will be available to winning applicants.  Based on the project description, funding will be available to draw down in support of identified product development milestones. Winning applicants will also have full access to the support network provided by the Youngstown Business Incubator.  YBI helps accelerate emerging businesses by providing an array of invaluable services. Facilities, equipment, resource networks, entrepreneurial counseling, and networking opportunities are included in this in-kind award.

A pre-application meeting will be held at the YBI in early November. The pre-application meeting will cover what appropriate steps and forms are needed for the application, along with the introduction of a technical assistance support network and a short course on, “How to Present an Idea.” The deadline for the first round of applications will be due December 14, at 4:30 p.m. EST.  

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The Youngstown Business Incubator is an Ohio-based technology incubator that facilitates in the creation of high value businesses through collaborative partnerships that promote innovative technologies. YBI accelerates the formation, cultivation and success of businesses by providing comprehensive, high quality entrepreneurial services such as facilities, equipment, resource networks, entrepreneurial counseling, and networking opportunities to ensure successful business development. As part of the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network, YBI’s footprint has expanded to provide virtual services across 21 counties of northeast Ohio. YBI has been integral to the success of companies that, in aggregate, employ over 518 individuals, produced sales revenues beyond $54 million, have been awarded 17 intellectual property patents, developed 24 new commercial software applications, and have customers in over 80 countries. For more information on the YBI, please call 330-599-4583 or visit and please, like us on Facebook

Turning Technologies creates leading assessment delivery and data collection solutions for learning environments.  Founded in 2002, the company began with the development of response technology that was affordable, user-friendly and better documented so that users could easily grasp its benefits.  Today, an estimated six million ResponseCard keypads have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities and businesses worldwide. Turning has expanded its portfolio of products to include data collection systems that securely transfer digital data for various assessment, testing and certification programs.  Based in Youngstown, OH, information on Turning Technologies’ solutions can be found at


Turning Technologies, LLC, a leader in the student response industry, established the Turning Foundation in 2009 as separate non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  The mission of the foundation is... "To seek, secure and distribute resources in support of improving educational opportunities and student achievement in K-16 settings and enhancing community well-being."   We hope to help facilitate the connections between education and community well-being, here in the greater Mahoning valley and nationally.