VAULT Unlocked - A Startup Series

Date: December 04
Time: 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Rooms:Conference Room CD
Organizer: Vault open_in_new


The Importance of Human-Centered Design in Education - Featuring inquirED

Welcome to VAULT Unlocked, a startup series featuring our clients and partners’ stories of their successes, failures and overall hustle of building their ventures! 

Come join us on Tuesday, December 4th as we feature one of VAULT Innovation’s portfolio companies, inquirED. The founder of inquirED, Shanti Elangovan, will discuss their platform and how it supports teachers in implementing inquiry-based learning. inquirED believes that to create the classrooms of the future - we must build technology that responds to the needs of teachers and students. At the core of inquirED’s success is the way that they prioritized these needs as they designed and refined their product and business model. 

Please RSVP early so we can accommodate our guests with enough food and drinks :-) We look forward to a great night of networking with entrepreneurs, investors, and education professionals. 

Event Details

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 

5:30 – 6:30PM: Network & Eat 

6:30 – 6:45PM: Product Showcase – inquirED 

6:45 – 7:15PM: Panel Discussion 

7:15 – 7:45PM: Q&A 

7:45 – 8:00PM: Networking/Closing 

About the Speakers

Featured Guest: Shanti Elangovan - CEO/Founder @InquirED 

After obtaining an M.Ed from Columbia University, Shanti Elangovan moved from classroom teacher to coach to curriculum director. Eager to help educational organizations scale, she went on to earn an MBA. Shanti quickly put those skills to work by envisioning and implementing strategies to amplify National Center for Teacher Residencies’ impact. In 2017 Shanti founded inquirED to scale the use of inquiry-based learning, a powerful teaching pedagogy that prepares students for the 21st century.

Moderator: Jeffrey Dirrenberger - Founder/CEO @VAULT Innovation

With over 10 years of experience in creating consumer applications, B2B software products, and launching startups, Jeff prides himself on identifying market opportunities and executing strategies to achieve monetization. He has overseen the launch of 100's of digital products including applications for Chicago Tribune, Kate Somerville, National Restaurant Association, Navteq, and BabyFirst TV. Jeff's currently owns and runs the venture studio, Vault Innovation, that focuses on building startups in high growth markets.


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