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State College company wins EdTech contest

Seven Pennsylvania businesses presented their ideas as finalists for the Penn State EdTech Network Big Idea Contest on Wednesday.
Seven Pennsylvania businesses presented their ideas as finalists for the Penn State EdTech Network Big Idea Contest on Wednesday. adrey@centredaily.com

On Wednesday, the Penn State EdTech Network announced the winners of the EdTech Big Idea Contest.

Chartlytics, a State College startup, took home the $35,000 top prize. The company has developed a data-driven solution for tracking student progress.

Online math tutoring platform Expii, Inc. won $7,500 for second place, while Rain Reality, a virtual and augmented reality education startup, won $2,500 for placing third.

Daren Coudriet, EdTech Network director and entrepreneur in residence, said whittling down from 42 applicants to the seven finalists was a difficult process.

“Education is changing rapidly,” he said. “Technology I believe is going to serve as a major catalyst for that change.”

Bhutopia, a creativity-focused online course consultant, robotics-focused Choitek, behavioral insight app DevelapMe and Simulation Systems, a microsurgery simulation company, rounded out the finalists.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy

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