Christine McDonnell Featured on Leading Indiana Ambition

Codelicious CEO Christine McDonnell on Pivoting, Fortuitous Timing and Computer Science EdTech

CEO Christine McDonnell’s goal for Codelicious is to become the “gold standard for computer science curriculum in the classroom.” In spite of the competition for attention — the education technology space is teeming with purported solutions — and schools’ notoriously long sales cycles, Codelicious is making surprising headway. Sixteen schools currently subscribe to the curriculum. To build her business case for computer science education, McDonnell has listened to parents, partnered with nonprofits and discussed the 21st century workforce with legislators. A decisive company pivot in 2017, among other factors, ratcheted up demand. Codelicious landed its first school district in spring 2017, and has been adding private, charter and public schools ever since.

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Q&A: McDonnell builds pathway for computer science education

Christine McDonnell featured in the Indianapolis Business Journal

Christine McDonnell’s timing couldn’t have been better.

In early 2017, she and Erik Young founded Codelicious, an Indianapolis-based company that offers cloud-based software to schools that enables any educator to teach full semesters of computer science for grades 3-8. McDonnell is the growing company’s majority owner and CEO.

Then last year, Indiana lawmakers passed a bill mandating computer science education for all grades by the 2021-2022 school year. This year, lawmakers are considering funding for the initiative.

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Software Developer Book Club: Business Book Recommendations from ISVs

Christine McDonnell featured in DevPro Journal

If you’re like most ISVs, taking some time to put your feet up and read a great book is probably more of a luxury than a part of your weekly routine. So, when you have the time to invest in developing your leadership skills and growing your business, you want to make good use of that opportunity. You could, however, spend all of your time sorting through books and reviews looking for the titles that contain the best advice and insights for your ISV. To provide you with a shortcut to the best titles, here are six business book recommendations from other ISVs and some of the reasons they’re worth your while.

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5 Education Software Features K-12 Educators Wish ISVs Would Deliver

Christine McDonnell featured on DevPro Journal

Although K-12 schools are always facing challenges like budgetary constraints, new regulations and changing demands from parents, they need to overcome those hurdles to provide students with the highest quality of education. So, just like almost every business or organization in the digital age, schools are turning to technology for the solutions they need to achieve the best outcomes.

To develop software applications that will provide your clients — and students and their families — with the greatest value, include these in-demand education software features.

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Three Best Ways to Tackle the Tech Skills Gap in the Classroom

Codelicious featured on How To Learn

The tech industry is in desperate need of workers who possess computer science skills – with more than a half-million open tech positions in the United States.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be a million more jobs available in computing by 2020 than qualified applicants who can fill those roles.  

Why the large gap in tech jobs vs. tech applicants? Most of today’s workforce did not have access to computer-science education as part of their learning foundation like students do today.

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Codelicious featured on My Tech Decisions.com

Fix the Technology Skills Gap Through K-12 Education

A widening technology skills gap is putting a burden on companies who desperately need workers, according to a 2017 report from TechRepublic. The tech industry, in particular, is having trouble finding top talent. The skills gap is attributed, in part, to the need to build foundational skills as part of the education journey. There are more than a half-million open technology positions in the United States. Research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that by 2020, there will be a million more jobs available in computingthan qualified applicants who can fill those roles.

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Codelicious featured in "The Teacher's Guide to Tech"

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by technology?

Do you hear people use unfamiliar tech terms, but are too embarrassed to ask what they mean?

Are you unsure about the best ways to use technology in your classroom to actually enhance student learning, rather than distract from it?

Do you wish someone would just organize all the options and explain them to you in really simple language?

Then you’re going to love The Teacher’s Guide to Tech. Created by Jennifer Gonzalezof Cult of Pedagogy, it’s a 329-page digital binder you’ll use all year: Keep it on your desktop, laptop, tablet — even your phone — to help you navigate the tech world with confidence. Like having a tech-savvy friend on call to explain things in plain language, the guide will give you a sense of control over all the options.

Order your copy here

Codelicious featured on Techlearning.com: Companies to Watch for 2019

What follows is a guide to companies offering a variety of edtech products to K-12.

CODELICIOUS
(www.codelicious.com)

Codelicious builds confidence in educators and students in the classroom by providing instant access to computer science curriculum for grades 3-8 that any educator can teach. Codelicious’ full-semester, comprehensive skills-building, and interactive curriculum ensures that teachers are always connected with the most current technology.

Read the full list:

https://www.techlearning.com/resources/companies-to-watch-for-2019

Codelicious featured in Inside Indiana Business

Codelicious Targeting 'Aggressive' Growth Goals

The co-founder and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Codelicious says the $940,000 round of funding the company recently secured will help achieve aggressive growth goals. Christine McDonnell says the company hopes to grow the number of clients from the current 10 to 100 by the end of the year and eventually expand the "Curriculum-as-a-Service" platform nationally and internationally.

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Indiana Startup Codelicious Raises $940,000, Continues to Accelerate Computer Science Curriculum into the Classroom

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Computer science curriculum startup Codelicious announced a close to its $940,000 financing round, oversubscribing the $500,000 goal. Investors included Collina Ventures, GRE Capital and Elevate Ventures, among others.

Across the state, computer science positions are in high demand and the need to educate students earlier in this field continues to rise. However, elementary and middle school teachers often cite challenges related to a lack of skills, a lack of resources (lesson plans) and a lack of professional development. Codelicious helps alleviate all three of these pain points, providing instant access to computer science curriculums for grades 3-8 that educators can teach in the classroom.

The platform enables instructors to build their coding skills while building skills in their students. Utilizing a patent-pending technology, Codelicious’ full-semester, interactive, comprehensive skills-building curriculum ensures that teachers are always connected with the most current technology. Through their model, Codelicious strives to build confidence in educators and students in the classroom.

“At Codelicious, we are creating access and removing barriers to teaching and learning computer science,” said Christine McDonnell, Codelicious CEO. “We believe in the importance of building foundational skills early to prepare the workforce of tomorrow. This belief drives our focus to develop courses that any educator can confidently teach, regardless of their computer science background and that engage students of all learning styles.”

Codelicious has been building its curriculum since 2016, driven by a desire to provide elementary and middle school students with a foundational skills building, interactive and collaborative experience. In January 2017, Codelicious began to offer computer science curriculum through a SaaS subscription model, calling it Curriculum as a Service. Codelicious landed their first school district in spring 2017, and has been adding private, charter and public schools ever since.

A growing number of states, including Indiana, are advancing initiatives to integrate computer science into the classroom. Codelicious’ mission aligns with one of Governor Holcomb’s priorities, which requires all schools to offer at least one computer science course by 2021.

“Under Governor Holcomb’s leadership, Indiana is committed to equipping its workforce with the skills needed to fill jobs in high-wage, high-demand sectors like technology,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “Startup companies like Codelicious play a critical role in these efforts, helping Hoosier educators integrate computer science training in the classroom. As a graduate of the first gBETA Indy program, we are excited to see Codelicious leveraging Indiana’s entrepreneurial network to fuel its development and reinvest in our growing, high-tech ecosystem.”

Codelicious was also one of five Indiana-based startups to participate in gBETA Indy, a free, seven-week accelerator program co-hosted by gener8tor and the IEDC. In strategic partnership with the IEDC, Elevate Ventures invests in early-stage companies like Codelicious through the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund, which promotes economic growth and innovation-driven public-private partnerships in Indiana.

"Codelicious has a rare opportunity. The startup is poised to impact not only the state's current entrepreneurial ecosystem, but also its future one. Through the platform, students are better poised to fill high-demand tech positions and perhaps build their own future startups here in Indiana,” said Chris LaMothe, Elevate Ventures CEO. “Our decision to invest in Codelicious’ long-term goals is validated by the state’s and Governor Holcomb’s priorities to focus on the growth of our talent.”

Codelicious will use the funding raise to accelerate growth through scaling sales and marketing efforts, building out intellectual property and adding critical personnel that will drive scalable growth.

Currently, Codelicious has 10 paying clients with additional clients in the pipeline. 

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Media Contacts

Alisha Estabrook, Elevate Ventures, 317-975-1917, aestabrook@elevateventures.com

Allyson Johnson, BLASTmedia, 317-806-1900, allyson@blastmedia.com 

About Codelicious

Codelicious builds confidence in educators and students in the classroom by providing instant access to computer science curriculum for grades 3-8 that any educator can teach. Utilizing a patent pending technology, Codelicious’ full-semester, interactive, comprehensive skills-building curriculum ensures that teachers are always connected with the most current technology.  Since launching their curriculum-as-a-service model in January of 2017, Codelicious has secured paying clients with revenues of over $100,000.

About Elevate Ventures

Elevate Ventures is a private venture development organization that nurtures and develops emerging and existing high-growth businesses into high-performing, Indiana-based companies. Elevate Ventures accomplishes this by providing access to capital, rigorous business analysis and robust advisory services that connect companies with the right mix of resources businesses need to succeed long term. To learn more about Elevate Ventures, visit elevateventures.com

 

About IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.  

Press Release: Eight Indiana-Based Companies to be Featured on Startup Alley

Indiana Highlighted at TechCrunch Disrupt SF

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 7, 2018) - The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and gener8tor, a nationally-ranked startup accelerator, announced plans today to host an Indiana-focused pavilion at the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt SF Conference . The conference will be held September 5-7 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center West.

With this partnership, eight Indiana early-stage startups will feature their products or platforms at the conference’s Startup Alley , while also showcasing the state’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Among these companies are the five recent graduates of gener8tor’s gBETA Indy program, and three other high-growth Indiana startups. More information on the eight companies is below.

“Indiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem will be on full display at TechCrunch Disrupt, showcasing our thriving tech community to companies and investors from across the world,” said IEDC President Elaine Bedel. “As a state, we will continue to support Hoosier innovators as they start and scale their businesses, attracting capital investment to Indiana and creating high-skilled jobs for Hoosiers.”

As part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda to cultivate a strong and diverse economy, the state is committed to making Indiana a hub for innovation by increasing support and resources for entrepreneurs and startup and scaleup companies. The IEDC supports gener8tor’s gBETA Indy program , which is Indiana’s first public, application-based accelerator.

“The Indiana Pavilion will highlight our state’s best and brightest entrepreneurs on an international stage,” Chelsea Linder, director of gBETA Indy. “We are happy to partner with the IEDC to provide this opportunity to eight great Indiana startups. It directly aligns with gener8tor’s mission of bolstering the Indiana startup ecosystem and helping to create more jobs and wealth in our community.”

In 2017, TechCrunch Disrupt boasted 5,000 attendees, 1,220 investor-founder meetings, 500 exhibiting startups and millions of online viewers. At Startup Alley, the exhibition area of TechCrunch Disrupt, hundreds of startups from around the world — and investors looking to fund them — gather to meet, connect and network. The only requirement is that each startup must be in its pre-Series A funding round.

“Attending TechCrunch Disrupt provides so much opportunity for us to meet investors and early customers!” said Wes Winham, founder and chief executive officer of Woven. “There's no way we could have done this without the support of IEDC and gBETA. I'm excited to represent Indiana in the startup capital of the world!”

At this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Indiana is the only U.S. state with its own pavilion and will be among several countries like Japan, Germany, Austria, Australia, Korea and Lebanon. Regions that have participated in previous TechCrunch events include St. Louis, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Caribbean, Catalonia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Lithuania, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uruguay.

The IEDC and gener8tor will continue to work together in support of Indiana-based startups beyond the conference. With the support of the IEDC, Hendricks Commercial Properties, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Gutwein Law and Ice Miller, the second cohort of gBETA Indy will kick off in mid September. gBETA Indy is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 cohort and the deadline to apply is August 17th. For more information or to sign up for office hours, visit www.gbetaaccelerator.com/indy 

Participating Startups

Brightlamp

Brightlamp is a computational medicine company that produces consumer ready software for medical diagnostics. Our mission is to make the world medically mobile by reforming the way we interact with technology and our health. The goal is to bring healthcare into the hands of everyday people by allowing them access to simplistic diagnostic services for a fraction of today’s costs. Brightlamp is currently bringing to market a head trauma tool for physicians, as well as an alcohol analyzer that consumers' can download from the app store.

Observer called Brightlamp "One of the 5 coolest startups" discovered at Disrupt last year. Michael Heims | mheims@brightlamp.org | www.brightlamp.org

Codelicious

Codelicious builds confidence in educators and students in the classroom by providing instant access to computer science curriculum for grades 3-8 that any educator can teach. Codelicious’ full-semester, interactive, comprehensive skills-building curriculum ensures that teachers are always connected with the most current technology. Since launching their curriculum through a software-as-a-service model in January of 2017, Codelicious has generated revenues over $125,000 by securing clients with renewable contracts and pursuing opportunities to expand each contract by 4x.

Christine McDonnell | cmcdonnell@codelicious.com | www.codelicious.com

Mimir

Mimir builds tools to scale the software engineering workforce. Their flagship product, Mimir Classroom, helps instructors to efficiently teach Computer Science courses of any scale without compromising quality of education for students.

Prahasith Veluvolu | hello@mimirhq.com | https://www.mimirhq.com

Pinpoint Pharma

Pinpoint Pharma uses inkjet printing technology to make personalized medicine products for pets when they are prescribed by veterinarians, in partnership with compounding pharmacists. Pinpoint Pharma accelerates production from 60 minutes to 10 minutes per patient and reduces product waste from 10% to less than 1%, while also limiting the number of different pills needed.

Pinpoint Pharma is a NSF SBIR Phase I grant awardee based on patented technology which successfully demonstrated printed medicine for five applications including chemotherapy, and has one committed pilot customer.

Arun Giridhar | arun@pinpointpharma.co | pinpointpharma.co

Powderkeg

With more than 10,000 active members in cities around the country, Powderkeg helps high-growth tech ventures connect with the local and national resources they need to grow and scale in areas beyond Silicon Valley. The Powderkeg Member Platform connects tech professionals with a suite of resources to help them play smart, take the next step on their journey, and make a bigger impact.

Kimberly Jefferson | kim@blastmedia.com | powderkeg.com

Selfless.ly

Selfless.ly’s online platform connects corporations, their employees, and non-profits to help people do good more easily, efficiently, and effectively. Using Selfless.ly, businesses of all sizes can create, maintain, and track a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, while non-profit organizations can post volunteer opportunities, receive donations, and more. An Indianapolis-based Certified B Corp pending, Selfless.ly launched its beta version on May 1, 2018 with 35 active non-profit users and is actively on-boarding for-profit customers in Indianapolis.

“Selfless.ly is honored to be invited to attend and participate in DisruptSF in conjunction with gBETA and IEDC. The continued support and opportunities that we've received in this community are incredible and are allowing us to connect with the resources and people we need to move Selfless.ly forward faster.” - Lisa Mitchell, Co-Founder & COO

Joshua Driver | josh@selfless.ly | selfless.ly

SnapShyft

SnapShyft’s gig-staffing platform instantly connects food & beverage, and hospitality (F&B) venues with reliable, qualified workers when they are short-staffed. SnapShyft provides on-demand and advanced shift coverage at a 90% success rate, making it the most effective solution to handling understaffed instances. Since January 2018, SnapShyft has covered 550 shifts through the platform, and currently has a talent pool of over 4,500 industry workers on tap to cover open shifts.

“It is such an honor and a sincere privilege to represent Indy tech in Silicon Valley during TechCrunch Disrupt. SnapShyft is looking forward to drawing the eyes of the west coast towards IND as part of the Indiana delegation. We're proud to be joining some amazing Hoosier startups during this tremendous opportunity. We are grateful to be a representative of the local tech ecosystem!” - Thor Wood, Co-Founder & CEO

Thor Wood | thor@snapshyft.com | www.snapshyft.com

Woven

Woven’s evidence-based developer hiring platform helps high-growth teams find more qualified developers. With Woven as an early interview step, teams find hidden gems and dodge bad hires. Candidates show off with real-world engineering scenarios tailored for the team. It only takes an hour. Then Woven sends the hiring manager a rigorous recommendation, and every candidate gets actionable feedback. That creates great phone screens and Glassdoor reviews.

40% of Woven customers have made at least one "hidden gem" hire. Without Woven, those high-potential candidates get missed.

“Attending TechCrunch Disrupt provides so much opportunity for us to meet investors and early customers! There's no way we could have done this without the support of IEDC and gBETA. I'm excited to represent Indiana in the startup capital of the world!”

Wes Winham | wes@woventeams.com | www.woventeams.com

About gBETA

gBETA is a program of nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor. gBETA is a free, accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity. gBETA currently operates in eight locations: Beloit, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Northeast Wisconsin. gBETA  also offers an industry specific Medtech program in Minneapolis. gBETA graduates have collectively raised over $15M since 2015, and 40% have either gone on to participate in a full-time, equity-based accelerator or raise at least $50,000 in seed financing. For more statistics, visit https://www.gbetaaccelerator.com/statistics/ 

About gener8tor

gener8tor is a turnkey platform for the creative economy that connects startups, entrepreneurs, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships focused on entrepreneurs, artists and musicians.

gener8tor is a nationally ranked, GOLD-tier accelerator in the U.S. as ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project: http://seedrankings.com 

About IEDC

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov .

Media Contact: Abby Gras – 317.232.8845 or agras@iedc.in.gov

Codelicious is Going to TechCrunch Disrupt SF

Codelicious is among 8 IN startups on their way to TechCrunch Disrupt SF.

"Director of gBeta Indy discusses Indiana's presence at the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Chelsea Linder says there will be eight Hoosier startups representing the state at the Tech Disrupt conference in San Francisco, September 5-7. Last year's event drew 5,000 attendees and more than 1,200 investor-founder meetings with 500 startups from around the globe."
- Inside Indiana Business

Watch the video with Chelsea Linder here:

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/clip/14544962/eight-in-startups-going-to-techcrunch-disrupt-sf

Read the full press release here:

http://wyrz.org/indiana-highlighted-at-techcrunch-disrupt-sf/

And read more about this story here:

http://thestatehousefile.com/iedc-startup-business-presence-san-francisco-tech-conference/36291/

 

From IBJ.com: KRISTEN COOPER: Time to step up and invest in women-owned startups

From IBJ.com: KRISTEN COOPER: Time to step up and invest in women-owned startups

The bar is low.

In 2017, only 2.19 percent of venture capital dollars were invested in women-owned startups in the United States—despite the fact that data shows women yield a higher return on investment. The number of women building scalable startups is increasing rapidly in Indiana. Women are starting tech, product and service companies. They need capital to develop technology, increase production and hire a team to scale.