Education Opportunity Project Investee Sparkler Acquired by Viacom

April 26, 2019 Voqal is pleased to report that its Education Opportunity Project early childhood portfolio company, Sparkler, was acquired by Viacom. Sparkler’s technology helps parents track their children’s milestone and developmental progress to provide customized content and advice to improve engagement and early childhood development. Voqal invested in Sparkler in 2018 to help with Read More

Education Opportunity Project Spotlight: LiftEd

March 27, 2019 In the latest installment of the Education Opportunity Project Spotlight, Voqal Education Program Director Vinny Badolato highlights a recent investee of the project, LiftEd. Oakland, California-based LiftEd is a mobile academic, functional skill and behavior management app for special education teachers and related service providers that: Saves time tracking and reporting student Read More

Education Opportunity Project Spotlight: School Deets

January 15, 2019 In the latest installment of the Education Opportunity Project Spotlight, Voqal Education Program Director Vinny Badolato highlights a recent investee of the project, School Deets. Denver-based School Deets is a school communications app designed for easy, whole school communication with a special emphasis on improving communications for non-English speaking parents. Integrating parents Read More

Education Opportunity Project Spotlight: Sparkler

September 21, 2018 Voqal’s Education Opportunity Project made a series of investments this summer in companies that help advance our goal of measurably reducing educational opportunity gaps. One of those investments, New York-based Sparkler, provides a mobile infrastructure to promote early brain and childhood development for children from birth to age 8, with a goal Read More

Voqal Gains Valuable Knowledge and Relationships at SXSW EDU 2018

March 14, 2018 Voqal recently attended SXSW EDU, the education innovation-focused prelude to the annual SXSW madness in Austin, Texas. Vinny Badolato, Voqal education program director, and Molly Fohn, Mobile Citizen anchor institutions program manager, took the conference by storm, looking for new ways to further Voqal’s education work. The conference offered diverse panels, Meetups Read More

Voqal Education: Holding School Accountability Accountable

November 3, 2017 The following is the latest post from Voqal Education Program Director Vinny Badolato sharing his thoughts on the need for better accountability measures for America’s education system. I’ve been thinking a lot about school quality and accountability lately. My oldest son entered third grade this year, which marks the major milestone of Read More

Quill Addresses the Opportunity Gap by Helping Kids Become Better Writers

September 28, 2017 The Voqal Education Program is happy to announce a new partnership with Quill, a Brooklyn-based, innovative nonprofit that provides free online tools to help low-income students become sharp writers and critical thinkers, primarily in a school setting. Voqal is providing Quill with a $35,000 one-year grant through the Education Venture Fund to Read More