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Tech Startup R&D Funding Accelerator

3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

Grab your chance to win $2M R&D funding, 0% equity taken.

Hosted by

Dr. Elle Yuan Wang

EdTech Advisor | AI & Learning Scientist

Course overview

EdTech R&D Funding Accelerator

In 3 weeks, you will create a compelling proposal and apply for research-focused funds such as the $2M America's Seed Fund with 0% equity taken.

Who is this course for


You are an EdTech founder who wants to win R&D funding.


You care deeply about product development driven by innovative research.


You want to learn actionable research writing tips you can apply right away.

Key outcomes

A compelling proposal ready to submit

No more procrastinating! You will complete writing your proposal by the end of the course.

A well-crafted research & innovation strategy

You will be confidently sharing your research strategy to your stakeholders, advisory board, and investors.

An exclusive network of like-minded EdTech founders

You will be part of a community with talented and supportive EdTech entrepreneurs as fellow learners, within and beyond the course duration.

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Meet your instructor

Dr. Elle Yuan Wang

Dr. Elle Yuan Wang

AI and Learning Scientist and Startup Advisor

I serve as a regular reviewer for America's Seed Fund (NSF SBIR/STTR), advisory board member for XPRIZE - IES $1M Digital Learning Challenge, and judge for the $5M XPRIZE IBM Watson AI for Good Competition.

I've coached and written proposals that have resulted in $21M funding collectively in the last 10 years.

I received my PhD in Cognitive Sciences and Learning Analytics from Columbia University.

I have served as a lead scientist and advisor at the National AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education (AI-ALOE) and ASU Online. Previously, I worked for Columbia Tech Ventures, MTV Networks, and NYC Mayor Bloomberg's Office.

I look forward to helping your company win research-focused funding!

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Course Syllabus


Overview of the required components for your proposal

  • You will learn to understand and differentiate primary components of the proposal: Intellectual Merit, Broader Impact and Commercial Viability;
  • Start writing a crisp introduction to convey "high-risk" and "high-return".


Demystify intellectual merits

  • Learn hands-on tips to complete sprint research sessions;
  • Practice using free online resources to conduct rigorous literature review;
  • Write your intellectual merits section.


Broader impact done properly

  • Learn 3 layers of broader impact;
  • Avoid 5 common mistakes;
  • Write your broader impact section.


Everything together

  • Craft a solid commercialization strategy;
  • Complete writing your full pitch proposal;
  • Receive targeted help;
  • Revise, re-write, and submit!

Course schedule

1-3 hours per week
  • Mondays & Wednesdays

    1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

    1-hour live workshops, twice a week.

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