SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 18, 2012) - Pathbrite, the digital portfolio company that enables individuals to go beyond the bubble test and traditional résumés to vividly showcase a lifetime of learning and personal achievements, has been selected as one of three finalists for NewSchools Venture Fund's "Innovation Challenge" taking place at the 2012 NBC News Education Nation Summit. Education Nation is the NBC News initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.
The "Innovation Challenge" competition pits three teams from innovative education technology companies against each other in a series of trials, culminating in a pitch competition on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, which will be held at the New York Public Library. Education Nation Summit participants will get to see it all in action as NBC News cameras follow the teams in the days leading up to the pitch day. Viewers at home can follow the event on the Education Nation website, blog and various broadcasts on NBC News. NBC Nightly News Anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw will moderate the event.
"Education Nation is shining a light on the need for real reform in our education system and we're honored to have been selected for this competition," said Pathbrite founder and CEO Heather Hiles. "Pathbrite is focused on helping students and all the evaluators in their lives, including their teachers, get at deeper, more holistic assessments of knowledge, learning and individual capability."
ACT, Inc., the nonprofit leader in college and career readiness assessment and a strategic partner of Pathbrite, is also excited about the news. "ACT congratulates Pathbrite on this well deserved honor," said Jon Erickson, ACT's president of education and a participant in the Education Nation Summit. "We share the same goals as Pathbrite, helping students better prepare themselves for 21st century employment opportunities."
Hiles and the Pathbrite team will be joined by ed-tech startups NoRedInk.com and readIMAGINE, which will compete in five challenges beginning September 20 and participating in the Education Nation Summit taking place September 23 - 25, 2012. The three-day event will bring together more than 300 of the country's thought leaders in education, government, business, philanthropy and media.
NBC Education Nation Summit
September 23-25, 2012
New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018-2788
Pathbrite, headquartered in San Francisco, delivers next generation digital portfolios to help individuals and institutions collect, track and showcase achievements of all kinds, while the Pathbrite knowledge graph recommends pathways for continuous success through recommendations, goal-tracking and benchmarking. For more information, visit http://www.pathbrite.com/about-us.