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Pearson Partners with Startup Weekend, Aims to Encourage Entrepreneurship and Innovation


The world's largest learning company is joining forces with Startup Weekend for a one-year global partnership.

In short, Startup Weekend is described as a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts “come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.”

The two entities hope to use the partnership to strengthen Startup Weekend's educational initiatives. Pearson (NYSE: PSO), a supporter of young entrepreneurs, said that its “expertise in education” will be offered to entrepreneurs at the various Startup Weekend events, allowing them to create “innovative tools and services to improve education globally.”

“Adding Pearson to our amazing roster of sponsors for Startup Weekend Education, which includes Grockit, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), makes for a very robust program,” Khalid Smith, Education Leader of Startup Weekend, said in a company release. “With these partners, Startup Weekend Education has an opportunity to create communities of support for early stage education entrepreneurs unlike any other institution in the world. Our global partners are truly best-in-class in their respective fields and we can't think of a better way to support our mix of innovative entrepreneurs and educators than giving them access to the very best mentors and resources that the education and technology sectors have to offer.”

Tom Hall, Head of Partnerships at Pearson's Future Technologies and Partnerships division, had an equal degree of praise for the venture. “We're passionate about promoting innovation in education and believe that supporting education entrepreneurship globally and in local communities is a key way to achieve that goal,” said Hall, who was also quoted in a company release.

On January 27, Startup Weekend Education will stop by Nice, France; Minsk, Belarus; St. Louis, MO; Bergen, Norway; San Jose, CA; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and Storrs, CT. For the full schedule, visit

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