Canadian Startup Partners with Business School to Tackle Next-Gen Online Education Market

A new partnership between ClevrU and NewMindsets, facilitated by MaRS Innovation and York University’s commercialization office, promises to establish the second-generation online learning standard for millions of students worldwide. 

Waterloo-based startup ClevrU has created a mobile-friendly e-teaching content delivery platform that creates interactive learning environments. According to the company, its engine helps students and instructors collaborate while adapting course content to suit the individual’s personal preferences within a multilingual environment.

“Students expect interactivity in online learning models,” says Dana Fox, president and CEO of ClevrU Corporation. “They want to ask questions, interact with peers and dig deeper into course topics that interest them. We’re excited to collaborate with Jean and Gareth, along with MaRS Innovation and York’s commercialization office, to jointly create a solution that will give educational institutions a powerful, personalized solution to capture the online learning sector.”

“We were missing a mobile e-teaching platform to support our research and model,” says professor Gareth Morgan from the Schulich School of Business at York University and the founder of NewMindsets. “With ClevrU’s analytics to examine how students are learning and interacting on a real-time basis, we’ll have all the necessary tools to optimize both our pedagogy and their platform for mobile devices, tablets, laptops and computers.”

“The Schulich School of Business is excited to be involved in this new strategic partnership,” says Dean Dezsö J. Horváth. “Our school is committed to innovation in management learning and to enhancing our global reach and scope. Schulich Professors Morgan and Adams have developed a proven, world-class blended learning model that has the potential to bring our expertise in management and leadership development to a much broader global audience.”

“York is committed to facilitating the commercialization of the products of the research of its faculty and trainees,” said Robert Haché, York’s Vice-President Research & Innovation. “This e-teaching model and pedagogy is a prime example of the excellent research conducted at the University.”

The collaboration will explore China as an initial target market for their combined technology.