Join our next cohort!

Cohort 2 applications are now closed. Thank you to the 60+ startups who applied for cohort 2! We look forward to reviewing your submissions.

Our cohort 3 application will go live later this year (timing TBA). If you are interested in being contacted when it is made available, please fill out the form below. You may also review the cohort 2 FAQ below for additional information.

Cohort 2 FAQ

Is this program right for my startup?
Applications for co.lab’s second cohort are open to any startup (for-profit or non-profit) with one or more technology products focused on using the power of games to improve academic and/or social outcomes for PK-12 students. We work primarily with teams developing learning game apps (Content), educational platforms interested in distributing games (Distribution), measurement and evaluation tools (M&E), and/or other educational services that are looking to learn from best practices in commercial gaming to improve distribution, retention and engagement (Gamification).

We work with companies at a variety of stages — anywhere from company formation (pre-seed) all the way to Series B or beyond. (Our first cohort is comprised of companies that represent most of these stages of development.) Given our unique access to talent, tools and best practices from the commercial game industry, we believe we can add value to edtech startups across the company’s life cycle.

Preference will be given to teams with innovative products, ideas or prototypes that demonstrate significant promise for producing transformative effects on teaching, learning, and/or education in general. A strong preference will also be shown for companies with the potential to achieve wide distribution and generate revenue at scale.

What are the terms for participating?
As part of participating in co.lab, companies receive a stipend between $25,000 and $50,000 as well as the accelerator services and resources described on our program page. In exchange we ask for a nominal equity stake, which generally ranges between 0.5 and 5 percent, depending on stage of growth. The final terms of each offer will be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with each company.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 3, 2014. co.lab’s second cohort will begin in March 2014 and run for approximately four months. Selected companies should be prepared to locate a founding and/or product team in San Francisco for the length of the program.

Cohort 2 timeline
Application opens: November 1, 2013
Application due: December 31, 2013
Teams notified: No later than February 3, 2014
Cohort 2 kick-off: March 2014 (exact date TBD)
Cohort 2 ends: July 2014 (exact date TBD)