Pearson announces edtech partnership with MaRS Discovery District

Toronto, December 2, 2013 – Pearson, the world's leading learning company, today announced a strategic partnership with MaRS Discovery District, a leading innovation centre located in Toronto, as part of its commitment to accelerating digital innovation in the global education space.

Through this partnership, Pearson will work actively with education technology startups supported at MaRS, help facilitate training and education for digital innovators, and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to collaborate with its global team. In the process, startups will gain insights into research, data and technical integration, and how to design products and services that have a positive impact on people's lives through learning.

"At Pearson, we believe that technology innovation has the power to enable and scale transformation at all levels of the system. We are seeing shifts in curriculum design, instructional effectiveness, assessment, instructional resources and services and start-up thinking is helping to fuel those changes," said Dan Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Pearson Canada. "I am very excited to partner with MaRS to expand the potential of start-ups who are focused on developing new and measureable approaches to teaching and learning."

MaRS brings startups, investors, professional service firms, community organizations and policymakers together in a thriving urban facility. This collaborative, interdisciplinary and cross-industry approach is the cornerstone of the MaRS model. MaRS has cultivated one of the largest global edtech clusters, currently working with more than 175 innovative ventures across the education industry’s key components of pedagogy, curriculum, content, business models (classroom, online, video, hybrid) and technology.

"Having the Pearson team involved in our community will enable us to accelerate the adoption of innovation within our education systems," said Krista Jones, MaRS' Edtech Cluster Lead. "We're thrilled to partner with them as a tremendous resource for our startups."