Innovation Showcase

The SIIA Innovation Showcase identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring innovative learning technologies to the education market. This program goes beyond a typical accelerator or incubator boot camp for startups, and helps to establish all participants as future leaders in this market, directly connecting them to industry stalwarts, experts and decision makers with a vast array of expertise, resources, and guidance to share.

“The process of participating in the SIIA Innovation Showcase and CODiE Awards this year was rewarding on a number of levels. As a finalist we learned so much working with our mentor. It’s a dream come true to have someone so experienced focus on every aspect of what you’re doing while giving you insightful and practical advice.

Since we actually WON this year, we’ve also felt the depth and breadth of what it means to get the award! The brand exposure via the Education Talk Radio podcast and an edWeb webinar plus the additional mentorship, were priceless. Our education channel marketing knowledge and outreach has exponentially grown directly because of the SIIA Innovation Showcase and CODiES award program.”

– Peggy Stern, CEO SuperDville  

2024 Innovation Showcase Finalists

Are you...

  • an Ed Tech company that has recently entered the market with a new product, 
  • a research and development group located in an academic or non-profit institution, or
  • an education development group funded by governmental agencies?

Do you have...

  • a new product or service that’s innovative and unlike any other on the market, or
  • a digital solution that meets the evolving needs of students, teachers, and administrators?

Why Participate?

  • One-on-one access to industry leaders for expert advice, mentorship, and unique opportunities to connect with prospective partners for growth.
  • Review of your product by industry and education leaders – providing access to prospective partners and their feedback.
  • Recognition with an industry level award acknowledging and validating your position as an up and coming EdTech solution.
  • To take advantage of the valuable resources that come along with program participation.

What this program includes: (Total Value >$15,000)

  • Free coaching by industry mentor for 3 months (FEB-APR 2023) (Priceless).
  • One (1) full annual membership to the SIIA (a $995 value) with access to the full website of resources and all events hosted online by SIIA.
  • Exclusive student data privacy webinar by Sara Kloek, VP of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy.
  • The two winners will be crowned, one for each category “Best Solution for DEIB” (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) and “Most Innovative Start-Up”. Both winners will receive additional perks provided by SIIA members, including: a FREE edWebinar ($3995), FREE podcast w/Education Talk Radio ($1800), FREE Equity & Access Pre K-12 article ($1500), and an SIIA blog post ($1500)
  • Recognition by SIIA via Press Releases and pre-marketing for the CODiE Awards.
  • Use of the SIIA Innovation Showcase 2024 digital badge on your company website, in marketing collateral, presentations, etc.

SIIA’s Innovation Showcase is unique in that it both employs a peer review process to identify the most innovative and most likely to succeed products, and provides one-on-one mentorship to support the growth and success of identified innovators.

To qualify, companies must have

  1. A functional website
  2. A fully reviewable, finished product
  3. A product developed in the past 3 years
  4. Total revenue <$1M/year

Your Next Steps

  1. If qualified, submit an APPLICATION by Jan 2, 2024 midnight ET.
  2. Finalists will be announced on January 8, 2024
  3. Participate in an online orientation for Finalists on January 12, 2024.
  4. Meet with an assigned Industry mentor at least once a month (Jan, Feb, Mar).
  5. Create a 5 minute video for the virtual pitch fest, deadline April 8, 2024.
  6. Celebrate at the 2024 Celebration virtually May 21, 2024
Innovation Showcase Timeline

Call for Judges/Mentors

November 16 - December 9, 2023

Innovation Showcase Nominations 

November 16 - December 22, 2023

Finalist Announced 

January 2, 2024

Orientation for Finalists & Mentors 

*Finalist work with Mentors for 3 months: January - March

January 12, 2024

Judge Evaluate Nominees

April 8 - April 19, 2024

Virtual 2024 Award Celebrations

May 21, 2024


Ann Flynn

Flynn Strategies, LLC

Charlene Blohm

CEO & Founder CBlohm

Gary Mainor

Executive Vice President at Pearson Education

Irene Spero

CEO at NextChapter Consulting

Joyce Whitby

President and Founder, Innovations4Education

Kelly King


Marci Goldberg

Market Advisors

Michael Campbell

President, Advancing Global EDU, Inc.

Michael Flood

Founder Alpine Frog Consulting

Rita Ferrandino

Founding Partner – Arc Capital Development

Stephanie Cizdyn


Trish Johnson

Labyrinth Consultants

Innovation Showcase Winner

“Innovation Showcase offers the best of both worlds for education entrepreneurs: a chance to highlight their vision of tomorrow’s innovation and an opportunity to rub shoulders with the most influential community of practitioners from the classroom, administration and policy circles.”

– Ilya Zeldin, CEO, 2gnōme 

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