Innovate NYC Schools

Building edtech bridges between educators and startups


Innovate NYC Schools is building a robust edtech ecosystem that enables smarter technology solutions for schools by fostering better relationships between the tech industry and educators, students, and parents.

Our work improves the exchange of information between educators, who understand authentic needs within school communities, and those who design and fund the development of new solutions to meet those need.

We think the best edtech tools are created when startups partner with educators.



#SharkTankEdu is a low-barrier event where edtech developers and education stakeholders like teachers, principals, students, and parents can test product assumptions and validate whether the products meet authentic school needs. This structure provides educators with dedicated time and a safe space to critically evaluate technology tools amongst a group of like-minded peers.

During #SharkTankEDU events, developers demo their products as teams of “sharks” listen, ask questions and provide feedback. Participants are empowered to compare and contract features, discuss user flows, and share ideas about effectively utilizing technology for education.

How to Participate

We select and match developers and teacher sharks based on their areas of interest. If you’re interested in participating, email us at


If you haven’t seen the show, Shark Tank – we’ve adapted the show’s model to help startups build better products for education. The event format is 3 startups demo their edtech product in front of 7 principal-sharks. The sharks then have 20 minutes for Q&A with the product developer.

Startups: this is a great opportunity to learn about principal stakeholders as your end-user.

Educators: this is a great opportunity to learn about new and upcoming edtech products and provide feedback to developers before these products reach your school communities.

Run Your Own #SharkTankEDU

Bring #SharkTankEDU to your school community! Check out our starter guide for tips to get started: