GG4L Selected for the 2023 GSV Cup “Elite 200”

GG4L Selected for the 2023 GSV Cup “Elite 200”

Semifinalists will participate in the World’s Largest Pitch Competition for EdTech Startups 

ALAMEDA, CA (Jan 4, 2023) Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) has been selected to The Elite 200, the distinguished list of semifinalists set to compete in the 2023 GSV Cup. The GSV Cup, widely recognized as the world’s largest EdTech pitch competition for early-stage digital learning and workforce skills startups, takes place at the ASU+GSV Summit April 17-19, 2023, in San Diego, CA. The cup, powered by GSV Ventures, Google Cloud, HolonIQ, HubSpot for Startups, and ASU RealmSpark, will award $1MM in cash & prizes.

GG4L was selected from a global applicant pool of 900+ startups across 69 countries, representing the largest and most competitive applicant pool for the GSV Cup. More than 200 judges from leading venture capital firms and strategic partners in digital learning and workforce skills, including Accel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Blume Ventures, ECMC Group, NEA, Pear, Owl Ventures, Reach Capital, and more, leveraged a rigorous framework to evaluate each startup and determine the 200 most promising companies.

 “We are honored to be among the elite companies selected to compete for this distinguished award,” said Robert Iskander, CEO of GG4L. “Our team is eager to showcase our innovative secure data exchange platform – with PII Shield – for the education ecosystem.”

 “Our GSV Cup semi finalists epitomize our 2023 theme, Brave New World – you can’t use old maps to navigate a new world. These 200 companies are charting new courses and drawing new maps to achieve the scaled delivery of learning and skills. We all hope to achieve the mission that ALL people deserve equal access to the future through the innovations of these great founders,” said Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Ventures and Co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit.

The Elite 200 companies selected as semifinalists in this year’s competition support learners from Pre-K to Gray and are well-distributed across the categories of Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Workforce Learning. Among this year’s Elite 200 companies:

  • 43% of companies are headquartered outside of the United States
  • 52% of companies have female founder(s)
  • 48% of companies have founder(s) that identify as people of color 

The 2023 Elite 200 join an illustrious group of startups with past winners and semifinalists, including, Abwaab, Curious Cardinals, Ethena, Kibo Schools, LingoAce , uDocz, and many more.

See Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) and all of the companies selected to the GSV Cup Elite 200 at


About Global Grid for Learning (GG4L), a Public Benefit Corporation:

Founded in 2018, GG4L offers a secure, private data exchange for the education ecosystem. GG4L’s product School Passport® is an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), a data exchange middleware platform serving 30,000+ schools, 15 million students, and hundreds of EdTech vendors. With industry-leading PII Shield protection, GG4L advocates for open standards based data integrations, governed data exchange, and strict data privacy compliance. 

As a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation, GG4L maintains significant mission focused initiatives to support students and schools around the world. Our primary impact initiative today is developing Career Readiness for students, beginning in their high school years, while the Safer Schools Initiative focuses on school safety.


About ASU+GSV Summit

The ASU+GSV Summit is the premier global event focused on technology innovation in education and skills. We believe that ALL people deserve equal access to the future. Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Educators, investors, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the world come together to innovate the future of education for all. Hosted in San Diego, over 5,300 people attended in April 2022. Speakers from previous years include President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, John Legend, Common, Marian Wright Edelman, Bill Gates, Sandra Day O’Connor, Reed Hastings, President Vicente Fox, Malcolm Gladwell, Gloria Steinem, Tony Blair, and Howard Schultz.



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