XR Education Prize Challenge Top 8 Finalists Announced

It is our great honor to announce the Top 8 Finalists for the XR Education Prize Challenge.


Pitch Competition Countdown

Challenge Overview

The XR Education Prize Challenge is an innovation competition funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the most promising companies innovating at the intersection of postsecondary education and virtual, augmented, or mixed reality (collectively, “XR”). XR Edu competition is part of the broader $1.5 million “Algorithm for Change: AI/ML & XR Access to Education” competition hosted by the NYU School of Entrepreneurship and Techstars in partnership with Two Bit Circus, University Ventures and Women in XR.

Pat Inc has partnered with VR company V-KAIWA to produce an immersive experience for language learners to practice conversation in simulated real world scenes, carrying our real world activities. @PatisNLU

Wonda VR provides an online platform for anyone to create highly immersive learning experiences and share it easily on all platforms. @wondavr

Top 8 Finalists for the

XR Education Prize Challenge

One of the foremost companies leading the field in virtual, augmented and mixed reality, Emblematic Group is renown for telling impactful stories and innovating the tools and platform to empower anyone to create their own dynamic experiences. @EmbelmaticGroup

Interplay Learning uses the power of Virtual Reality to deliver a first-of-its-kind training solution that will transform the access to and the training for “hands-on” careers like electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians. @interplaylearn

Embodied Labs mission is to foster meaningful change in the way we care for our elders by creating a system of immersive tools that allow professional and family care partners to embody the perspective of an older adult, and use the insights they learn to transform their organizations and communities. @embodiedlabs

Alchemie is creating a pipeline of success in STEM with interactive digital learning tools that fuse commercial game design and data analytics to provide engaging, real-time feedback for students and instructors. @learnalchemie

Lovoco innovates AI and ML in language tech for accessibility, communication, and educational purposes; we invented Stenopoly - the first instantaneous bilingual subtitling AR SaaS - enabling: captions for visual learners, comprehension for global communicators, and higher learning outcomes for students.  @LovocoLLC

3DBear makes creation and learning in augmented reality accessible for everyone. @3DBearOfficial



F I R S T    P L A C E

T H I R D    P L A C E

Teams participating in the XR Edu Challenge will compete for the following cash prizes:





S E C O N D     P L A C E

Martina Welkhoff – Founding Partner, Women in XR

Zoe Schlag – Managing Director, Techstars Impact

Iulian Radu – Postdoctoral Researcher (VR, AR, MR Education), Harvard University

Debra Pelletier – Business Development, Magic Leap 

Cassidy Leventhal – Associate, University Ventures

Jessica Ochoa Hendrix – CEO, Killer Snails

Yoni Dayan – Co-Founder, XRforLearning; Co-Instructor, Stanford University Technology Entrepreneurship

Huge thanks to our esteemed panel of reviewers for contributing their valuable time & insights:

Submissions will be judged by a panel of prominent leaders in XR, venture capital and higher education. The Top 8 Finalists will be invited to compete at the XR Education Summit live pitch event, hosted by Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles. Prize winners will also be considered for additional convertible note funding up to $150,000* from University Ventures, the leading venture capital firm focused on higher education. The purpose of the XR Education Summit is to facilitate engagement and collaboration among industry leaders in XR, higher education, and venture capital. Attendance is mandatory for finalists, and travel expenses will be covered by the program. 

*University Ventures investments subject to mutually agreed-upon investment terms.


XR Education Pitch Competition & Community Celebratio at Two Bit Circus

June 18, 2018

Top 8 Finalists notified

Submissions open 

(link to submission form)

July 25, 2018

June 1, 2018

April 12, 2018

Submissions close


Traction to date

Strength of team

Potential for impact on low income, first generation and/or underrepresented minority students

Business model & growth strategy

Judging Criteria

Market opportunity

Value proposition & efficacy of XR technology solution

Email Lara Jeremko, XR Education Prize Lead at

Questions about the competition? Interested to learn more?